Muffins to Die For

Today as I was going through baking ideas trying to come up with something to bring to a holiday event, I came across this fantastic recipe from my University days. I got this recipe for “Death Muffins”, ironically from my Christian residence’s Fall term cookbook. Every week we had an all-residence dinner hour where everyone was expected to attend dinner at the same time in order to build community. If you’re envisioning the a scene from The Waltons right now, you’re getting close. Anyway, these muffins are decadent, heavenly and utterly to die for…hence the name. If you’re stuck for something quick and easy to bring along to a party, I promise that these will be an instant hit!

The directions are incredibly easy and very fast if you decide to use a mix. I’ve done it both ways and I have to say, the mix is just as good if you’re pressed for time, so don’t feel guilty about the ‘not from scratch’ factor.
There are plenty of variations of this recipe out there if you look around. You can frost the muffins and turn them into cupcakes, omit the chocolate chips, add nuts, add food colouring to the cheese mix for a themed party…the sky is the limit! You can even swap up the chocolate cake for a white sponge and add fruit pieces to the cheese mix to create a slightly healthier version.

Chocolate-Cheese Cupcakes

(AKA: Death Muffins)

1½ c. flour (375 ml)
1 c. sugar (250 ml)
¼ c. cocoa (60 ml)
1 t. baking soda (5 ml)
¼ t. salt (2 ml)
1 c. water (250 ml)
5 T. salad oil (75 ml)
1 T. vinegar (15 ml)
1 t. vanilla (5 ml)

1-8 oz pkg. cream cheese
1/3 c. sugar (80 ml)
1 egg
1-6 oz pkg. chocolate chips
• Beat cream cheese, sugar and eggs
together and stir in chocolate chips to
make filling.
• In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar,
cocoa, soda and salt.
• In a 2nd bowl, beat together the water,
oil, vinegar and vanilla.
• Gradually add this to dry ingredients,
beating until smooth.
• Fill 18 paper-lined cupcake tins about
half full of batter.
• Top each with a T. (15ml) of the filling.
• Sprinkle the tops with finely chopped
nuts, if desired.
• Bake at 350º (180°C) for 25 minutes, or
top springs back when pressed.
* Note: A cake mix can be used instead.


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  1. These are pretty good…can’t be too wise to start packing on the pre-Christmas dinner calories this early.


    Posted by Sara | December 4, 2010, 12:32 pm