To take to a bake sale, package separately or 6 in a package. Gift boxes from the Dollar Store make attractive packaging or place on paper plates and wrap with plastic wrap or cellophane.
I did a few with just powdered sugar on the top, for those who are not chocolate lovers and used milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet. Either way, they are good and quick.
Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes
1 ½ cups Semi-Sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 teaspoon salt
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water
2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese softened
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Make filling first. Beat all filling ingredients in a small mixer bowl until creamy. You could stir in some chocolate chips or coconut if desired. *(I put this back in the refrigerator to set back up while I made the cake batter.)
Next, melt ½ cup of the chocolate in small bowl in microwave at medium power for about 45 seconds to one minute. Stir and let cool while getting the cake batter together. It will be cool enough when you are ready to add it.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar, oil, egg and vanilla in large mixer bowl until blended. Beat in melted chocolate; gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with water. (batter will be quite thin.)
Spoon cupcake batter into 16 paper cupcake lined muffin pans filling half full. Drop in a tablespoon of the filling, Spoon remaining batter over the cupcakes, filling about ⅔ full.
Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and sprinkle with rest of the chocolate chips. Let set till they melt and spread with a knife to frost or sprinkle with powdered sugar. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.