FUN da-Middles White Cupcake with Creamy Chocolate Filling
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FUN da-Middles Cupcakes: Fun to Make, Okay to Eat
Sep 3, 2011
Review by Stacey Sciarrino
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Simple, fast treat, easy to prepare.
Cons:No icing, just okay taste.
The Bottom Line: Betty Crocker FUN da-Middles was a good attempt at a filled cupcake that you can make at home, but the flavor could have been better
Baking from scratch is something that I enjoy but I do like to keep a few mixes on hand for when I just do not have the time to dedicate to that. Recently I saw a box of Betty Crocker Fun Da-Middles in the store and picked it up because it was something new and different.
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Fun Da-Middles is packaged in a 15.2 oz box which makes one dozen cupcakes and includes a bag of dry cake mix and a pouch of thick chocolate, since these vanilla cupcakes have a surprise dollop of chocolate filling inside. To prepare these cupcakes, you will need two eggs, 3/4 cups of water, 1/3 cup of oil and twelve paper baking cups. I always use paper liners when baking for a party or when I bring cupcakes to somebody's house or an event, but if I am just making them for my household, oftentimes, I do not. With this mix, I would suggest that paper liners always be used since the chocolate middle may seep out through the sides or the bottom of the cupcake.
While we were stuck in the house during 2011's Hurricane Irene, my daughter asked if she could make these cupcakes by herself. She is twelve and did most of the work herself, but I supervised and assisted where needed. After mixing the ingredients, spoon about two tablespoons of the vanilla cake mix into each cupcake liner. Knead the chocolate pouch about twenty times to soften it and then distribute the chocolate evenly between the twelve cupcakes, trying as best you can to keep the chocolate in the center. Take the remaining vanilla batter and evenly distribute it among the cupcakes, making sure that all of the chocolate portions are covered. The vanilla batter is a little bit thicker than typical cupcake batter so that the chocolate does not sink through to the bottom.
The cupcakes need to bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, or 325 degrees for a dark or nonstick pan, for about 24 to 29 minutes. We did not read these instructions as carefully as we should have and I automatically put the oven on 350, even though our muffin pan is dark. I set the timer for 24 minute but when I removed the pan from the oven, a few of the bottoms had just started to burn. Since these cupcakes were just for my children and myself to enjoy, I took the paper wrappings off and cut off any burnt parts, and we were able to enjoy them with no burnt taste.
It is recommended that these cupcakes be cooled in the pan for twenty minutes before removing them because the filling is much hotter than the surrounding cupcake when baked. After about twenty minutes, we tasted them and the filling was still warm. The next day when I had a fully cooled cupcake, the filling was a room temperature runny liquid.
My daughter had high hopes for these cupcakes and looked forward to trying them. We both agreed that these were just okay, and the chocolate middle did not bring as much to the cupcake as we would have liked. The vanilla cupcake portion was light and fluffy, but the filling was like a very thin icing that was not as chocolaty as we expected. I think that placing a few chocolate chips in the middle of cupcake batter would produce better results. Having chocolate inside the cupcakes was something different, but having no icing on top made them look incomplete, so we opened a container of chocolate icing to top them off.
Each cooked cupcake has 190 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 25 grams of carbohydrates (including 15 grams of sugar). This mix contains both wheat and milk ingredients and it is a Kosher-Dairy product.
I paid $2.88 for this mix and it was a fun baking activity for my daughter to make and enjoy while stuck in the house due to a storm. I will continue to purchase other cake mixes, including those made by Betty Crocker, but the chocolate middle in these Fun Da-Middles were just not that much fun.
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