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Spring Surprise Chocolate Cupcakes

Spring Surprise Chocolate CupcakesRich, dark chocolate cupcakes filled with a coconut cream cheese filling and garnished with coconut.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Surprise Filling (recipe follows)
MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place 18 paper liners (2 1/2-inches in diameter) in muffin pans.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, water, oil, egg and vanilla in medium bowl; beat until smooth.
  3. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with chocolate mixture.
  4. Prepare Surprise Filling; spoon about 1 tablepoon filling onto top of chocolate batter in each cup.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire rack; cool completely.
  6. Garnish with additional coconut, if desired.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes.

Surprise Filling: Beat 1 (8-ounce) package softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 large egg in medium bowl; stir in 1/2 cup MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes. Stir in few drops food color, if desired.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.