Why do the names of my cupcakes always have a smooth alliteration to them? It’s kind of nice!
I had a meeting tonight, and, as usual, I baked some cupcakes for all to enjoy. The interesting part of this story is that I was completely exhausted from a week of teaching which resulted in my looking in the pantry to find a box of cupcake mix. I know that you are thinking, “A boxed mix? It can’t be true!” But, I made them yummy and fancy and everyone loved them.
I’ve found that starting with a base of a boxed cake mix leaves one a lot of room to have fun. I ended up taking the regular chocolate cake mix and preparing as directed, except that I used a 1/4 cup less water and added a 1/4 cup of Baileys. I then made up a basic cheesecake filling (blend together one 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 3/4 c. sugar, one egg, and 1 tsp. of vanilla). To make the cupcakes themselves, I filled the liners 1/2 full with the cupcake batter then dropped about 2 tsp. of cheesecake filling into the center. The cheesecake sinks a little and after baking (at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes), the cheesecake goodness flattens out and make a yummy center. Top with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar, serve, and enjoy :)