Individual Chocolate Surprise Cakes



I came home from my walk this morning and my kids said they wanted Chocolate Surprise Cake.  Since I didn't know what that was, they explained it to me.  "You know, a cake with a surprise in it...like toys."  Okay, since I can't remember EVER baking a cake with toys in it, I suggested candy.  They liked the idea.  However, I felt too lazy to make a cake from scratch and they just wanted chocolate, so I used a brownie mix.  It couldn't have been easier.

These will be great for the boys on Valentine's.  Sometimes I think kids get the shaft on Valentine's Day as we all seem to be concentrating on our significant others.  This will make them feel special and experience the "chocolate love" we all tend to go crazy for on that day...well at least I do.

These couldn't be simpler to throw together as you will see.


First, find a few of the 46,578 Hershey's Kisses you have left over from the holidays.


Unwrap them.


Prepare your brownie mix according to package directions.


Pour batter into muffin cups that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and place two chocolate kisses in the center of each cup.  Use a spoon to cover the kisses with the batter.


Bake until the edges of the brownies are done, you will have to watch them.  I let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes and ran a knife around the edges and under the bottoms before I turned them over and flipped them out; they are very moist.


The middle is so moist, almost like a lava cake but the chocolate is not so oozy.  The kisses become really soft and melty and taste fantastic.  The kids loved it.  So did I.

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Individual Chocolate Surprise Cakes

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 package brownie mix (I used Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix)
  • Hershey's Kisses (2 kisses for each muffin cup)

Directions

  • First, find a few of the 46,578 Hershey's Kisses you have left over from the holidays and unwrap them.
  • Prepare your brownie mix according to package directions. Pour batter into muffin cups that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and place two chocolate kisses in the center of each cup. Use a spoon to cover the kisses with the batter.
  • Bake until the edges of the brownies are done, you will have to watch them. I let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes and ran a knife around the edges and under the bottoms before I turned them over and flipped them out; they are very moist.
  • Serve immediately, while the chocolate is still melty.

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40 Comments

  1. oh my. heavenly. I could use one of those right now. i find myself snacking on chocolate all day long. I need something big and bold to satisfy the craving once and for all.

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  2. Chocolate and more chocolate … sounds perfect to me! You’re right that Valentine’s Day can leave kids out. But, we’ve usually made Valentine’s Day special by making treats for others and enjoying some ourselves as well. We have made heart holders for our homemade pink mints and filled tins with homemade cut-out cookies–hearts with pink frosting. I prefer making cut-out cookies for V Day rather than during the holidays, because it’s more relaxed.

    Now I’ll be thinking about those surprise cakes …

    Shirley

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  3. Cath,
    The French have a cake with a toy or dried bean inside for Epiphany Day in January. It’s called GALETTE des Rois (King’s Cake). It’s puff pastry w/ almond filling. It’s fun to get the prize!

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  4. This looks like so much chocolatey goodness, I must hide what I’m reading from my family. Leftover chocolate kisses? Are you mad?

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  5. dawn 5

    OMG I have so many of those kisses around right now…I must them..must..must…must.

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  6. Debbie 6

    That is a great idea! I’m sure my son would love that too. I had made cookies with mini snickers in them. I’ll be you could use them in these too. Love the idea of using a brownie mix…..anything to make life easier these days!!!

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  7. Ooh, ooh, yer killin’ me! Fabulous idea!

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  8. YUM! I would love these with dark chocolate!

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  9. Always nice to find a surprise like this. MMMM. I must make these, although I think a dark chocolate Dove promise in the middle is more my speed.

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  10. Lisa Sipple 10

    Yep, kids will ask for anything, LOL. These look so easy and simple…love it.

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  11. kelgirl 11

    This is very similar to what The Pioneer Woman posted today– another example that great minds think alike!!!

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  12. This would definitely hit the spot when I am craving something chocolate!

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  13. Julia 13

    Your boys are so,so lucky!! I hope they know what a great mom they have!

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  14. Memoria 14

    First, I see Pioneer Woman making chocolate cupcakes with Kisses in them, and now I’m seeing brownie bites with Kisses in them! Is this a sign or something? haha

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  15. My Gosh this looks good!!

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  16. pam 16

    Wow! Excellent idea!

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  17. Anna 17

    I make something similar to this, but with mini muffin tins and mini Reese’s cups. People go crazy over them, and the hardest part is taking the candy out of the wrappers!

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  18. Hahahahaha! Kids are *so* funny! :) I love these…and I’m so envious of your green grass!! Everything here is still yellow and mostly covered with snow. I can’t wait until summer! :)

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  19. Bob 19

    Yeah, I could go for a half dozen or so of those. 😀

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  20. Barbara 20

    Hello, I have made these same little surprises for my children. I did not have any kisses on hand but, did have cherries. Needless to say I stuffed a cherry into the middle of each one. I now make them for the holidays every year.

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  21. Lea Ann 21

    Great Idea!

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  22. Love it! Easy to do and I’m sure it tastes great.

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  23. June 23

    Oh my these look so good – you’ve got me craving chocolate. Oh no!

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  24. Tammy 24

    I live with a couple of kids who would love these!

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  25. Dorothy 25

    I made these with Hersheys Candy Kisses during Christmas Holidays. Delicious!
    Sprinkled crushed candy cane on top.
    Found on someone’s blog, just don’t remember which one.

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  26. We never have left over Kisses here. But I am soooo making these!

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  27. Lena in VT 27

    Made these today for me and the hubby…we each devoured two! Thanks for easy recipe!

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  28. Love the texture, looks really moist!

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  29. grace 29

    there are lots of things you could stick into the middle of a brownie-muffin-cake, but if i had my way, it’d always be edible and more often than not, made of chocolate. :)

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  30. Very clever idea. They are just screaming for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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  31. Pillsbury makes the best brownie mix. K3 used to be addicted! And the little kisses in the middle? Inspired!

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  32. These turn out delicious. I blogged about doing the same thing some weeks back, but instead of Kisses I put chocolate covered mints inside the brownie batter. (I like Duncan Hines Brownie Mix.)

    Ummm… either way, it’s delicious.
    Who can argue with brownies, and surprises?
    Cass

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  33. It is the simple little things in life that I love. These are one of them.

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  34. These will be a big hit at my house. I ALWAYS have Kisses around and brownie mix. How they became staples I’m not sure, but I am prepared to make them tonight!

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  35. Lisa 35

    How clever! Brownie mixes are a true wonder. I use a mix more often than I bake them from scratch. And that’s a great use for Hershey kisses!

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  36. kaylen 36

    whoa—-i just gained 2lbs by imagining the taste of these.
    And I can’t wait to make these and gain 6 more!! They look DELICIOUS!!!

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  37. Jen 37

    Hey, I made these and I used a non-stick cupcake pan AND I sprayed it and they still stuck to my pans.

    Any suggestions? I thought of using a cupcake liner next time.

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  38. Noble Pig 38

    Hmmm.  I used a knife and went around the sides and a little on bottom before I turned them over. A liner would work too.

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  39. Now this is a fun idea. These are the kinds of cakes great to freeze and then microwave when you get that chocolate craving.

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