Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes on a white serving tray.

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

You'll be totally speechless when you bite into these chocolate surprise cupcakes. Spoiler alert: The surprise is the cream cheese-chocolate chip center.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate surprise cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 228kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


Cheese mixture:

  • 250 grams cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips 130g


  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the cheese mixture:

  • Beat together softened cream cheese, egg, and sugar until well blended.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Set aside mixture.

To make the cupcake:

  • Place cupcake liners in muffin tins.
  • In a medium bowl,combine the rest of the ingredients.
  • Beat together with a whisk or fork until smooth (2-3 minutes).
  • Separate 1/2 of the batter equally among the muffin tins.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture over the batter.
  • Top with the remaining cupcake batter.
  • Bake at 350 F for 30 - 35 minutes.


Any kind of chocolate chips can be used.
Once cooled you can sprinkle icing sugar over the top or frost with your favourite icing. I have iced these cupcakes with the ganache frosting recipe found in simple snacking chocolate banana cake.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*recipe lightly adapted from Baker's Chocolate Celebration Cookbook


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.2mg