Ragnar is two days away, I’m not sure if I’m excited or completely nervous.
If you don’t know what Ragnar is, it’s about a 200 mile race from Logan to Park City, Utah. We have 12 people on our team and we will each run 3 different legs of the race. You basically eat, sleep, and change in your car over about a 32-36 hour period. It sound crazy and stupid, but it’s actually really fun, especially with the group we have. I’m runner 11 this year and my first leg of the race will start about 2:00 PM in the dead heat of the day, not to thrilled about that AND it’s uphill to make it even worse. I think I will be loading up on lots of “ragnar” cookies (aka oatmeal chocolate chip — I really need to share that recipe) before that run.
Wish me luck!
Ok, now onto food.
These little chocolate cream cheese-filled cupcakes hold a special place in my heart and always will.
This is one of my grandma’s recipes and I always loved ❤️ when she made them. I remember thinking it was so cool to bite into a chocolate cupcake and find a yummy surprise. When I made this several weeks ago and took one bite, it totally took me back to being a kid again. Some days I think that would be so nice−life was so carefree and easy.
These little beauties couldn’t be simpler to make and are a nice change of pace from just a plain chocolate cupcake. Don’t get me wrong, I love a plain chocolate cupcake, but these cream cheese-filled ones are quite spectacular.
Simple to make and so, so fabulous. You should give them a try.
- 1 devils food cake mix
- 8 oz. cream cheese , softened
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 butter , softened
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups powdered sugar
- 5 to 6 Tbsp. half-and-half or milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Line 24 muffin tin cups with cupcake liners.
Make cake mix according to package directions. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, egg, salt, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with cake batter, spread about 2 tablespoons cream cheese filling and then sprinkle some chocolate chips on top. Cover with about 2 more tablespoons cake batter.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
To make frosting: Place butter and cocoa powder in a small mixing bowl and mix it until well combined. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat until the frosting is smooth. If it’s too thick, add a bit more half-and-half.