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Easy chocolate cream cheese cupcakes

1 Aug


If like me, you are a baking addict, you are usually called upon to bring baked goods when attending barbeques, parties and picnics.

That suits me just fine. Ask me to make a salad, and if I can’t outsource it to Miss 11 – who makes THE best Greek salad – I will, albeit reluctantly. Request a fruit platter from me and I will groan internally while asking the Hungry Dad to chop up the many kilos of fruit required.

However, ask me to bring something sweet and I am your gal! In fact, ask me to bring A cake – as in one – and chances are I will bring you a cake, plus cupcakes, plus a slice and maybe a tart recipe I am working on.

These easy chocolate cream cheese cupcakes are on high rotation when I am on dessert duty at BBQS as they taste amazing, are easy to make, and require no cutting or plating up. They are a more sophisticated take on cupcakes and require no icing – score!

Use the best quality dark chocolate you can get your paws on as the taste of the finished product will depend on your choc of choice. And make sure you leave the chocolate in decent size chunks!

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1 package cream cheese, softened, diced
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
100 grams dark chocolate cut into chunks
¾ cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil



Preheat oven to 180C and line 20 cupcake pans with cupcake liners.

In the bowl of an electric mixer use paddle attachment to beat cream cheese, egg and sugar until combined.

Stir in choc chunks and set aside.

In another bowl stir together remaining ingredients to make the cake mixture, then fill cupcake wrappers ¾ full with this cake mix.

Drop large spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture on top and use a butter knife to gently swirl through the cake.

Bake for between 20-25 minutes.

Cool in pans until completely cool.




Carrot cake whoopie pies with cheesecake filling

31 Jul

The Hungry Mum - carrot cake whoopee pies with cheesecake filling

I love the reaction I get when I put out a platter of whoopie pies. As they aren’t that well known in Australia, people usually ask what they are (‘what do you call this, Darl?’). The usual reaction upon being told is one of mirth and general happiness, and everyone feels the need to repeat it (‘Whoopie pies!’) Continue reading

Donna Hay carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

14 May

The Hungry Mum - Donna Hay Carrot Cake 1

Hip hip hooray! It was recently the Hungry Mum’s mum’s birthday (or, the Hungry Nonna as she likes to be known. FYI she’s not Italian, just an Italian nonna wannabe!)

The extended Hungry family gathered for breakfast recently at a cafe near the Hungry Nonna’s home, and after eggs and toast and coffee and pancakes were consumed it was cake time!

Carrot cake has long been one of mum’s favourite cakes and everyone loves cream cheese frosting so this was the birthday cake. Continue reading

Red velvet cookies with cream cheese filling

4 Jan


I was looking for red velvet-themed baking recipes to make. I found enough to keep me baking every day for the rest of my life but there was something about this one that caught me eye. Red velvet is my fav flavour on the rare occasion that I indulge in sweet treats so I knew I had to make these. Continue reading

Chocolate chunk cream cheese cupcakes

7 Nov


A little while back I blogged about Oreo cupcakes and it went OFF! Obvs everyone is fond of a cupcake that is drenched in chocolate, more chocolate and a swirl of decadent cream cheese. I know I am, and I’m not even a cupcake fiend.

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Breakfast idea: sticky lemon rolls with cream cheese frosting

12 Jul



When it comes to breakfast I always choose savoury over sweet. I don’t *get* how people can eat muffins before noon and call it a meal. After making these ever-so-scrumptious sticky lemon buns with cream cheese frosting I almost understand the idea of a sweet breakfast. Continue reading

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

11 May


I know – every blogger and her dog has done this recipe. That’s because these cupcakes are extra fantastic. It also helps that red is my very fav colour and they stand out from the pack.

There are many variations of this recipe and I used the most fabulous one from Joy the Baker. Her recipes are clear and concise and always work. 

Generally I’m not a fan of frosting [or icing as we all it in Australia] but when it comes to this cream cheese version I could eat my body weight. Sweet yet tart it is the perfect topping for these glorious little cakes.

Before you start ensure you have red gel food colouring. The cheap liquid stuff just won’t cut it and will leave a yucky taste in your mouth. It is availability from specialist cooking stores.


4 tablespoons diced unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2  tablespoons red food coloring

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1  1/2 teaspoons white vinegar


 Preheat oven to 180C and line a 12 hole pan with cupcake wrappers.

In bowl of electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about three minutes).  Increase speed and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

In a small jug mix cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste.  

Add to the batter, mixing thoroughly until completely combined.

With mixer on low speed slowly add half of the buttermilk then half the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and vinegar then increase speed and beat a few more minutes.

Place into wrappers and bake for 17-20 minutes/until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on wire rack, frost when .Image


CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: I used this recipe from taste.com.au – it is fluffy and yummy: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/23099/cream+cheese+frosting