I made these for a school carnival, they turned out great. I did not need to frost them. To do something different, divide cream cheese filling into 4 different parts and tint each part a different color. Feel free to get creative with the surprises!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, and egg together until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.

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  • Prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Fill each cup half full. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of cream cheese mix in center of each cupcake. Press one cherry, or chocolate kiss, walnut half, toffee piece, a few raisins or peanut putter pieces in the center of each cupcake.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts

193.8 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 25.3g 8% DV; fat 10.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 19.1mg 6% DV; sodium 218.3mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2006
This recipe was so easy to make. I used Hershey Kisses for the surprise inside and everyone loved them. The only thing I added was a chocolate cream cheese frosting which went very well with these cupcakes. I will definitely make them again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2004
There was an error in this recipe as originally published. The original recipe calls for 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese not eight packages. The correct amount now appears on the recipe. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2004
There was an error in this recipe as originally published. The original recipe calls for 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese not eight packages. The correct amount now appears on the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2006
This recipe was so easy to make. I used Hershey Kisses for the surprise inside and everyone loved them. The only thing I added was a chocolate cream cheese frosting which went very well with these cupcakes. I will definitely make them again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/01/2004
The proportions listed in this recipe HAVE to be off. It calls for 8 8oz packages of cream cheese. I used 4 and doubled everything else and STILL had some left over. It said to mix chocolate chips in with the cream cheese but didn't have the chips listed in the ingredients. Not keeping this one in my recipe box. 7/12/01: Looks like the recipe has been corrected. I might just try it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2007
I've been searching for a recipe my grandma used to make and this is pretty darn close. She used the foil mini cups instead of full size. I think her end result is more like a brownie than cake. So call your grandma before she dies don't wait like I did! Anyway I used a can of cherry pie filling instead of the maraschino cherries. I just put half a cherry with some goo on top of the cream cheese mix before baking. I also used dark chocolate chips because IMHO they are the only kind! You do have to be careful about filling these too full the cake mix overwhelmed a few of these. My grandmas were always level with the top of the foil cup. She was a very careful chef! One recipe made many more than 48 minicupcakes. Oh and I also tried the new Yogurt/cream cheese mix...tasted too much like yogurt. Second batch I used 1/3 less fat cc and it was great. Susan Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2008
I had it brought in as a birthday treat only to find out that there was a problem over the diversity of "treats" in the "muffins" (I refuse to call them cupcakes because they are not cake) ALso some kids with allergies had trouble... Like the nuts and such. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2011
cupcakes remind me of when I got a cupcake in school for a prize and I set it on my desk and my friend dropped her pencil. when she bent down to get it she stuck her head in my cupcake her hair was full of frosting it was so funny!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2004
They don't need frosting. Everyone loved them! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2011
This was awesome but the "heaping spoonful of cream cheese mixture" was a bit off...might need to double that part of the recipe. Family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2004
Not so good. Maybe I'll try it with some other cream filling but this one just didn't go over so well. Too much extra stuff on these. Read More
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