Romance Cooks

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes – Thianna D.

I love to bake. Writing comes second. And actual cooking comes a distant third. That said, I thought I would include a recipe for my Chocolate Surprise cupcakes, a recipe I created X years ago. (No, you don’t need to know how long ago it was. *grins*)

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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes


Cream Cheese Mixture

6 oz cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1/3 c sugar

1/8 t salt

6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cocoa Mixture

1 ½ c Flour

1 c sugar

¼ c baking cocoa

1 t baking soda

½ t salt

1 c water

½ c cooking oil

1 T vinegar (Rice vinegar is preferable, it isn’t as intense as white vinegar)

1 t vanilla


2 T Sugar + ½ c Pecans chopped


Cream Cheese Mix: Using a mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add egg, sugar, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cocoa Mixture: In separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, & salt – Set aside. In a small bowl, beat oil, water, vinegar, & vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat until well blended.

Fill cupcake holders 1/3 full with cocoa mixture. Top with heaping teaspoon of cream cheese mixture.

Combine sugar and pecans. Sprinkle ½ t over each cupcake.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Beware if your toothpick goes through a chocolate chip, it won’t be clean. But most of the chips sink to the bottom of the cupcake.)



Christian takes to heart everything he learns from Logan’s father and as he and Logan go forward in their DD relationship, he finds that he is willing to not just take on the mantle of Head of House, but to embrace it. With Logan graduating from college, Christian takes the next logical step and asks his boyfriend to move in.

Even with the stress of student teaching and trying to figure out what to do after graduation, Logan leaps at the chance to live with the man he loves. As the pressure of graduation begins to get to him, the only thing to keep him grounded is the amazing man at his side.

Those closest to them make huge changes in their own lives and when an unexpected job offer lands in Logan’s lap, the two have to make a life altering decision. No matter which way they go, they need to give something up. Play it safe and stay home or accept the job and move away from their families? When it comes to decision time, there is one thing they are not willing to part with. That one thing makes all the difference in the world.

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