Friday, April 11, 2008

Hershey's Filled Rich Chocolate Cupcakes




In my opinion, there's just no better chocolate than Hershey's. I've tried several of their recipes and every single one of them is a showstopper. Usually, I would try a new recipe and then put my own personal twist on it. But when it comes to Hershey's recipes, you just can't. Basically, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
This is one of my all time favorites and as soon as you try it, you'll understand why.

cupcake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Directions:
1. Prepare FILLING (recipe follows). set aside. Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.

2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 3 minutes. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Spoon 1 level tablespoon FILLING into center of each cupcake.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. About 2-1/2 dozen cupcakes.


FILLING:
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S
Mini Chips Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt in small bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips.


VARIATIONS from Hershey:
GOBLIN'S DELIGHT FILLING: Add 2 teaspoons grated orange peel, 4 drops yellow food color and 3 drops red food color to FILLING before stirring in chips.

VALENTINE FILLING: Stir 4 to 5 drops red food color into FILLING.

PEANUT BUTTER CHIP FILLING: Omit chocolate; stir in 1 cup REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips.


Tip from Joey:
I prefer to have the filling in the center of the cupcake as opposed to sitting on top. So, before baking them, I always push the filling down into the cupcake so that it's submerged under the cupcake batter. This allows for the cupcake batter to bake over the filling.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

No eggs in this recipe?

Joey said...

Nope! no eggs in the recipe! but thanx for asking, oh mystery lover of chocolate! (you didn't say your name! hee hee)

Jennifer said...

Joey...

As I'm sure you're well aware, your deserts are always something to look forward to... I was so excited when my dad found this recipe! (It's actually been "Cooking with Joey" week at our house. Dad's really into themes...) The only problem is that it completely feeds on my weakness for chocolate...

Jen Z.