My F&W
quick save (...)

Anne Byrn's Chocolate Cream-Cheese Cupcakes

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: makes 2 dozen cupcakes

These moist, rich cupcakes work best when made with a plain devil's food cake mix—one that doesn't contain pudding.

Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips

  1. One 18.25-ounce box devil's food cake mix
  2. 1/2 pound cream cheese, softened
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  5. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  6. 4 large eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  8. 1 cup granulated sugar
  9. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  10. 1/3 cup milk
  11. 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  12. 2 tablespoons chopped toasted almonds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners. In a large bowl, beat the devil's food cake mix with the cream cheese, water, vegetable oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla at low speed until smooth.
  2. Using an ice cream scoop, spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them two-thirds full. Bake until springy to the touch and a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer the muffin pans to a wire rack and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, butter and milk and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring until dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until melted. Transfer the frosting to a bowl and let cool until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Dip the top of each cupcake in the frosting and return to the wire rack. Garnish the cupcakes with the almonds and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes, until the frosting is set, before serving.
Make Ahead The frosted chocolate cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container overnight.
You Might Also Like


Average Rating



Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
    How we use your email address
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.