Last week was the fall kickoff for the youth group at church. This is my third year as a youth sponsor. Starting any fall activity with a barbecue seems to be a tradition (there were a lot of barbecues in college, that's for sure). Thankfully I fall in the N-Z section of the alphabet, so I could bring dessert instead of a side. As you can tell by the recipes I post here, making salads and veggie sides are not my cup of tea. Maybe I should take it as a personal challenge to try more side dish recipes....but not today. I like making mini desserts because they go farther and more people can have a sample.
I'm classifying these as "lazy girl" for using a mix and for using my leftover frosting to make life easy. Sometimes lazy and easy and good are all the same thing.
1 package chocolate cake mix, prepared to box instructions (and here in Colorado, using the high altitude instructions - more flour, less liquid)
Cream Cheese Marble Filling:
6 oz cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut
Preheat oven to package instructions.
Put paper liners in your mini muffin tin. Spoon in chocolate cake batter first, then a small spoonful of marble filling and then top with cake batter. Mini cupcakes usually bake at half the time of full size cakes, estimate 12-15 minutes, but watch them on the first batch to be sure.
These were good without frosting, but I just happened to have some of the frosting left over from Chef Dennis's White Chocolate Blondies that I had made a few days before. Spread a little on top and you are good to go. How many things have you made in September because it's the start of so many activities?