This is a tried and true recipe. It has been around since at least 1982. And how do I know that? I know that because my parents had a small restaurant and I used to bake these cupcakes every morning. Yup, just me and the crickets that found there way under our refrigerator from the pet store next to our restaurant…oh yeah, those were the days. Who wouldn’t wanna eat at a restaurant with crickets and cupcakes? We did serve Starbucks though, one of the first restaurants to carry it south of Seattle, and I’m sure the first to serve it with crickets.
My little sister Kelli and I cooked and ran the restaurant. We were famous…famous for arguing all day and stealing beer all night. I’m happy to say, we sold the restaurant after few years, we started buying are own beer and my sister and I are pretty good pals.
The good thing about running my folks restaurant is that it culminated my love of cooking…the second thing is it taught me to never, ever, ever consider opening up a restaurant of my own! It is back breaking work and unless you have a trust fund with an endless supply of cash, I suggest you get a real job and feed your foodie needs with a food blog!
Back to the recipe. Super easy and no frosting required!
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, sugar and cocoa.
Add water, vanilla and vegetable oil.
Mix until well blended, about 3 minutes.
In separate bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and egg.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Line 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Fill with batter about 1/2 full.
Drop a spoonful of cream cheese mixture into each muffin cup of batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.