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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes
by Jennifer Pierce

  • Content Focus:
  • Food/Beverages/Gourmet,
  • Kitchen/Cooking,
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  • Recipe

You've had them before, maybe at a wedding or a specialty cupcake store.  Those fancy cupcakes with a filling inside that gives another flavor layer to the cake.  They're easier to make than you might think.  And your options for fillings are endless!  


Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

TCE White or Dark Chocolate Baking Mix

Egg, Oil, Water

TCE Buttercream Frosting Mix

Almond or Vanilla extract

Butter, softened

Heavy Cream

Filling of choice


Make cake mix according to directions on the bagNote that The Cocoa Exchange baking mixes come in a resealable package because one bag makes 3 full batches! 

You can easily make a Spice Cake by adding 3 Tbs Spiced Chai Tea Mix to the White Chocolate Baking Mix recipe. 

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake according to directions on package. 

After the cupcakes have cooled, scoop out the center to make room for the filling.  Try using an apple corer for full size cupcakes or a strawberry huller for mini cupcakes.  Use caution so as to leave all sides and bottom of the cupcake intact.  


Next, you want to choose your filling.  You can use frosting, but consider adding another flavor instead.

One of my favorite fillings is TCE Raspberry Amaretto Preserves.  

You can also add 1/4 cup TCE Chocolate Martini Mix to whipped cream to make a creamy filling. 

The options for fillings are truly endless!


If you have a pastry bag and tip, you may want to use that to fill your cupcakes with your filling of choice.  Depending on the filling, you may be able to simply spoon it into your cupcakes.  Be sure not to overfill.  

Now it's time to frost your cupcakes. Mix TCE Buttercream Frosting with Heavy Cream and Butter according to directions.  Add flavor to your frosting by adding 2 tsps of extract (my favorite is Almond!) or 3 oz melted chocolate.  

If you do  not have a pastry bag, you can utilize a plastic sandwich bag for frosting.  I recommend placing your sandwich bag or pastry bag in a cup to assist you when filling your bag with frosting.  Remove the bag from the cup and cut one corner.  Press gently on the back of the bag and frost in a spiral for a picture perfect finish.  


Enjoy your gourmet filled cupcakes!!

You can purchase these and other products from The Cocoa Exchange at or by contacting Jenn Pierce, the Cocoa Queen, at or 240-821-3009.  

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About the Contributor

Jennifer Pierce / Cocoa Queen

The Cocoa Exchange Hagerstown, MD

Hi! I'm Jenn, the Cocoa Queen! I have a blast sharing chocolate with new friends at in-home tasting parties! From Chocolate Martinis to Chocolate Hot Sauce, there is truly something for everyone. This benefits of this company are endless: free luxury vacations, one of the best compensation plans in the industry, backed by billion-dollar Mars, Inc., and tons of support. Is it work if you are having this much fun?
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