Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

Warm spiced pumpkin cupcake stuffed with gooey chocolate chip cheesecake filling...

Variety is the spice of life, so pumpkin or chocolate stuffed cupcakes - What are you in the mood for?

I set out to make a pumpkin version of the chocolate stuffed cupcakes I just posted yesterday.  I thought the gooey chocolate chip filling would be amazing nestled down in a moist spiced pumpkin cupcake.  On my first try, I assembled them just like the chocolate version; dolloping the filling on top of the pumpkin batter.  I discovered that because the pumpkin cake batter is denser than the chocolate, the filling never sank into the middle of the cake.  It just lay on top - mocking me.  On my second try, I layered a little batter in the bottom, a dollop of filling next and topped it with a little more batter.  That technique worked!  Moist pumpkin cupcake concealing a cream cheesy chocolatey surprise!  WooHoo!

Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes:

Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe:

Christina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

Filling:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 ounces mini-chocolate chips

Cake Batter:

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

2 large eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup oil (I used safflower)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with liners.

Filling:  In medium bowl, mix well, cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Cake Batter:  In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and sugars.  In medium bowl, whisk together, eggs, pumpkin, oil and vanilla.  Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined.

Fill the bottom of the 12 cups with about 2 tablespoons of the cake batter.  Add a generous dollop of the filling on top of the batter. (about 2 tablespoons each.)  Using the rest of the cake batter, evenly spoon a final layer of cake batter over the filling (about 2 tablespoons each.)

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake part comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes.

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