Surprise filled cupcakes is another loved family recipe.  This recipe came from my  Jr. league cookbook called "A Pinch of Salt Lake".  If you ever see one buy it, it's a good one.  I saw one in perfect condition at the D.I. last year, and snatched it right up.  Do you have a favorite recipe that when you make it, you always have a request for the recipe?  well this is one of those.   I have an opinion on sharing recipes. Remember It's just MY opinion.  I think  people who won't share a recipe are "Insecure Cooks".   I know there are the exceptions.  But in general I think if someone asks for a recipe it's a complement. don't you?  If you think differently, let us know your opinion on the subject.

On to the recipe.  This recipe is very versatile.  can be doubled, made into cakes with the filling dolloped in.  The original recipe doesn't use a frosting.  But, what's a cupcake without frosting.  If you are transporting them then leave the frosting off.  They do well stacking one on top of the other.  A friend asked for the recipe to make for a family reunion.  I think she made alot.  So lets get going and make some cupcakes.         Bon appetite Peggy

Surprise Filling

8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/3 cups sugar
1 egg
pinch salt
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

mix filling ingredients together in a  bowl and set aside.

Surprise filled Cupcakes

makes about 24 cupcakes

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 TBS. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 TBS. cider vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups water

Use cupcake liners in your muffin tins.  Mix first 5 ingredients into a large bowl.  Gradually add next 4 liquid ingredients and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.  Fill each liner 1/2 full with batter. Drop 1 tsp (about) on top of each cupcake.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, being careful not to over cook.

If you choose to frost them.  Use your favorite chocolate butter cream

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