Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Dear News Crew,
Thank you so much for deciding to visit my house for an interview on neighborhood crime today.  I am so glad that I did not shower, was sporting a pony tail and decided to wear barely any makeup.  That should be a pretty sight on the evening news tonight.  At least I wasn’t in pajamas or sweats :-)
Love,
The Vain Lady Who Hopes No One Recognizes Her
Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes with a pumpkin cheesecake center

Dear Ankle, It’s time you suck it up and stop hurting.  I have given you 4 weeks of rest.  In return, you have allowed the brownies and cupcakes to take up residence in places I don’t like.  I have decided to make you go back to the gym, so don’t even try to start hurting again because I’m not listening. Love, The Exercise Deprived Lady with Cupcake Buns Dear Elliptical, Why do you always cause me to think about cookies and cupcakes when I visit you?  Next time I am there, please make sure to fill my head with visions of salad instead. Thank you for helping me out with this weakness of mine. Love, The Lady with Cupcake Visions

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes with a pumpkin cheesecake center

Dear “Empty Cupboards”,
Where did all the food come from?  I told my husband we had “nothing” to eat for dinner last night, but he was able to pull a few different cans of vegetables, rice, and V8 out of you for a soup.  What gives?  I was hoping for pizza or take out.  At least the throw together soup was actually pretty good.  Next time I will make sure you are really empty before confessing there is nothing in the house.
Love,
The One Who Doesn’t Like To Cook
Dear Dog of Mine,
What possessed you to bite our mail lady on the foot?  You see her every single day.  She is so nice and  how do you repay her?  By sneaking up on her and sinking your big teeth into her shoe.  You are lucky she did’t pull out the can of pepper spray…that would have taught you a lesson.   Next time Animal Control probably won’t be so nice.  How is house arrest going?
Love,
Your Disgruntled Pet Owner
Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes with a pumpkin cheesecake center
Dear Pumpkin,
I know I said I was kind of over you, but obviously I was wrong.  Thank you for showing me that I can’t live through the rest of fall without using your wonderful orange-ness in just about everything I make.  You were the perfect compliment to this chocolate cupcake.  Thank you for not letting me stop using you to bake with.
Love,
The Orange Obsessed Pumpkin Lover
Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes baked with a pumpkin cheesecake layer and topped with a white chocolate cinnamon frosting.

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 chocolate cake mix (18 oz.)
1 c. brewed coffee, cooled
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (4 oz.)
4 eggs
1/3 c. oil
1/4 c. plain yogurt
For the Cheesecake
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1/4 c. pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
For the Frosting
6 oz. baking white chocolate, chopped
1/4 c. heavy cream
1 c. butter, softened
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll topping

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, 4 eggs, oil, coffee, and yogurt. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be thick. Set aside.
  2. In another mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the egg, pumpkin, salt, and cinnamon and mix until fully blended.
  3. Fill cupcake liners half full with chocolate cake batter. Top with 1 tablespoon cheesecake batter. Bake at 350* for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. In a small saucepan combine the chopped white chocolate and heavy cream. Heat on low until melted and smooth. Let cool to room temperature. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, cooled chocolate, and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all is mixed in. Beat on high until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar topping. Keep refrigerated when not being served. Best served at room temperature. Makes 30 cupcakes.
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  1. says

    I’m relatively new here and after scanning through all of the amazing looking recipes I’ve come to the conclusion that the fact that I just joined Weight Watchers Online was NOT well timed lol. ;0)

  2. says

    Eek, I love your stories :) seriously–I wish my family was as inventive as your husband when it comes to finding things to eat. I cook dinner nightly, and when I want a night off or something, they claim there’s nothing to eat when there’s seriously a pantry FULL at all times and a freezer full. You can’t have a hotdog!? What gives?!
    Also, I love you’re obsessed with pumpkin because that obsession leads to deliciousness like this!

  3. says

    I love yor header! This post made me lol and smile at the same time! You should link up to my Sunshine project with this post its so Sunshine’y! Um tell your pooch to not bite the mailman no matter how freaky they look sometimes lol ours looks like the one from the Crazy Town movie and our mail reeks of cigars lol! Oh and we don’t get it til like six in th evening ha! I am loving the looks of those cupcakes. I have never tried anything pumpkin accept seeds but those make me want to try them! I love this post! I hope your ankle gets better! I will totally try to link up I am doing the Halloween Party for Kelcee’s class and have lots of cute ideas up my sleeve thank you pinterest ha! xoxo

  4. says

    Okay, this post made me giggle! Also, I’m glad that you admitted that you’re not quite over pumpkin yet because I’m not ready to give it up yet. These cupcakes look AMAZING. I love the chocolate/pumpkin swirl, and then the cinnamon swirl topping??? I die.

    • says

      I thought I was over it but I was so wrong. There are still quite a few more pumpkin recipes that I have to share! And the frosting on these was probably my favorite part:-)

  5. says

    Ha ha very funny post!!!! So the elliptical makes you think of cupcakes? Looks like you came up with the perfect cupcake then! I mean this has pumpkin and made with yogurt!!!! It’s health food!!! Mental health at the very least! These would make me happy!

    • says

      haha yes, I think about sweets just about every time I work out:-) It is a real problem. I like the way you think…these cupcakes must be healthy because they have yogurt in them:-)

  6. says

    Jocelyn,
    Too cute! I love this post. You should be writing books! How fun would those cookbooks be with your wit and stories? I’d buy the lot of them. I’m posting this deliciousness on FB and Pinterest and making them soon. Thanks for sharing :)
    Michelle

  7. says

    cheesecake batter, chocolate batter… I love the sounds and looks of those two swirled together into a cupcake Jocelyn! And pairing it all with PUMPKIN! You are a gal after my own heart! I just made pumpkin/chocolate cookies last night. :) LOVE the two together!

  8. says

    I may have just fallen in love with these cupcakes! I cannot wait to read all your other posts and then try to find something in my pantry right now to satisfy the craving you’ve caused. Tomorrow will be a baking day!

  9. says

    Hehe, sorry the news crew visited. I always find that I end up seeing people I know on the days where I just haven’t made too much of an effort in the makeup or bad hair day department! And yikes on le dog biting the mail woman!

    And the goods, how could you be over pumpkin when it’s been so good to you? I’m totally digging the chocolate cake layer on the bottom with the pumpkin cheesecake goodness peeping over. And that frosting? To die for!!

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  10. says

    My dog nipped at the groomer, so she is now a 2nd class citizen. Maybe I should make your chocolate pumpkin cheesecakes to drown my sorrows over my dog. I’ve just started my baking with pumpkin for this year.

  11. says

    I love your letters! That make me giggle :) And thinkin you were over pumpkin?!?! That can’t be! Love the color of your cupcakes. And love that frosting. Yum to the um!

  12. says

    I am loving your new page! Looks amazing. OH I can’t tell you how much you made me laugh. Don’t worry, you are not the only one that thinkgs about dessert while working out. It is completely normal.
    By the way, these cupcakes look just as amazing as your page. Thank you for sharing and I will make sure to follow this new page of yours.
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    • Jocelyn says

      LOL! I figured November is still kind of pumpkin month too, except that I am totally ready to move on to Christmas goodies! I hope you enjoy the cupcakes:-) Thank you for stopping in!!!

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