Chocolate Surprise Muffins

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

These muffins are filled with a creamy chocolate chip cheesecake filling. From The Cake Mix Doctor's chocolate book.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chip
  • Cake

  • 1 (18 ounce) package devil's food cake mix (no pudding in the mix)
  • 1 13 cups water
  • 12 cup oil
  • 3 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add vanilla and egg, beat for 30 seconds, or until well combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and set aside.
  5. Place the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with electric mixer on low for 2 minute, scraping sides down.
  6. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 more minutes, or until batter looks thick and well combined.
  7. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.
  8. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling into the center of each muffin. (The filling will sink into the muffins as they bake).
  9. Bake muffins 23 to 27 minutes, or until the spring back when lighly pressed with your finger.
  10. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edge of the liners and lift the muffins up from the bottom, using the knife. Place on wire rack to continue to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Most Helpful

These were very easy to make and delicious. I used a ziplock bag to pipe the filling in the middle. I used mini cupcake tins and it was the perfect combination of cake and filling.

Kim6 March 13, 2008

This is an incredible recipe, I have been making these for years, without the mini-chips.

The cakes are similar to the giant chocolate muffins with a similar filling I used to purchase at Starbucks.

The recipe, word-for-word is on page 309 of Anne Byrn's book Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor (published in 2001, by Thomas Allen and Sons Ltd.).

ereader September 23, 2010

Absolutely delicious! I didn't have any miniature chocolate chips so I used cinnomon chips instead. It was a great combination. They are my family's new favorite!

akgorby July 29, 2008