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Chocolate for Easter

One of my fondest memories of Easters gone by is the image of my father taking a meat mallet at the end of Easter dinner and smashing a solid, chocolate, two-foot-tall darling Kewpie doll into edible chunks.

I have always loved chocolate in any form—from cakes to cookies, to puddings and candy. So when Easter rolls around, I make no excuses for the parade of chocolate desserts and my indulgences, if only for a day (or two).

Mini Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
These mini sampler cupcakes are super-moist and perfect for a crowd.

Makes about 40

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups cold water
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
3½–4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon oil extract
1–1½ cups shredded coconut

Line several mini-muffin pans with paper liners and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. With a hand mixer on low speed, beat in the olive oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water until smooth. Fill the prepared muffin cups about 2/3 full.

Bake for 10–12 minutes or until a cake skewer inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Do not over bake. It should be firm to the touch.

Place the muffin pans on cooling racks, and cool for 15–20 minutes before removing the cupcakes from the pans. 

Frost with your favorite icing.


  1. Maureen Mathews's avatar

    Maureen Mathews

    Such a sweet memory...wishing you , Guy and your family a joyous Easter full of blessings and more happy memories...Maureen & Bruce
  2. Frances's avatar


    This sounds great! Is the coconut sweetened or unsweetened?
  3. Alicia's avatar


    Hi, there---
    The recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar; how much could I cut that, so that the recipe would still work? Thank you, and Happy Easter!
  4. rose's avatar


    Where does the cream cheese come in.
    I don't see it listed in the directions.
  5. Cindy B.'s avatar

    Cindy B.

    No mention of what to do with last 4 ingredients. Assuming these are the frosting ingredients?
  6. Amelia Howard's avatar

    Amelia Howard

    I am going to assume that the cream cheese, etc. are for the frosting. I'm always trying to cut down on how much sugar to add in recipes, so I use Truvia (use same amount as recipe calls for sugar) I also use unsweetened coconut (much healthier) and has less sugar. And if you are using Truvia instead of regular sugar, you can make confectioners' sugar with Truvia as follows: 1 cup Truvia and t teaspoon of cornstarch: grind in a blender or food processor.
  7. Claudia Ryan's avatar

    Claudia Ryan

    Is the cream cheese, sugar ,coconut oil, and coconut for the icing?
    Thank you.
  8. Jeannie's avatar


    The '1 tablespoon' mentioned between the white vinegar and 2 cups of cold water........1 tablespoon of what??
  9. Terri's avatar


    I think it is supposed to be 1 tablespoon vanilla.
  10. Dianne Roberts's avatar

    Dianne Roberts

    Where do we use the cream cheese

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