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Chocolate Muffins with a Surprise

A dozen of these chocolate muffins is gone very quickly at our house, everyone loves them. One bite into the dark ball reveals the surprise: a white vanilla cream cheese filling.


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 tbsp. dutch processed cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • vanilla flavouring
  • 1.5 tbsp. sugar


Mix together all the ingredients for the filling and set aside.

Prepare the batter for the muffins.

Line the muffins pan with baking cups and fill the bottom of each cup with two tablespoons of the batter. Add one heaped teaspoon of the filling and top with batter.

Bake at 180˚C for 20-25 min.

After the muffins had cooled off a bit, I poured chocolate glaze over top and added some sprinkles for decoration.

I would like to try some variations of this recipe like adding shredded coconuts to the filling or using a different flavouring or even preparing a white batter and adding a filling with cream cheese and jam. What are your ideas?


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Basic Muffins

Ingredients for 12 muffins

  • 260 g flour (=2 cups)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 120g nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips, etc. (=1/2 – 1 cup) or
    1 -2 cups fresh berries, other fruit or rhubarb, cut into small pieces.
  • 140 g brown sugar (=1 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 230 ml buttermilk (=1 cup)
  • 125g melted butter or margarine (=1/4 cup) or 80 ml oil (=1/3 cup)
  • For flavouring add vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger or rum either to the dry or to the fluid ingredients.


Mix flour with the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix egg, buttermilk, oil and sugar. Add nuts or fruit to the flour mix and toss. Pour the fluids over the flour and gently stir until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Fill in prepared muffins pan or liners and bake immediately at 180˚C (=350˚F) for 20-25 min.

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