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Creme Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

My husband's family has a fun tradition of having a Easter picnic on the desert the day before Easter.  Lots of family comes and meets at their "Eastering" picnic spot.  The food always includes marinated grilled chicken/turkey (recipe to come), hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, etc. and if you're lucky there will be some of these cupcakes too.

We had our own Easter picnic a few weeks ago with my in-laws, but we were missing a few things:  sand in our food, a nice sunburn, lots of cousins and family, and these cupcakes.  My hubby asked if I could make some cupcakes, so I did yesterday.  We had an early birthday celebration for my now six year old, since Grandma and Grandpa had to go home before her birthday later that week.

Creme Filled Chocolate Cupcakes
recipe from Aunt Shaunna

Chocolate cupcakes, baked and cooled (made from scratch if you're ambitious or from a cake mix if you're like me)

Creme Filling (this recipe is for 2 boxes of cupcakes, so you'll probably want to half it): 

5 T. sugar
5 T. flour
1 c. milk

Mix together sugar and flour in saucepan.  Slowly add milk and cook until thick, stirring often.  Cool completely.

In a mixer, mix:
1 c. butter (the recipe calls for half shortening, half butter, but I'm not a shortening fan)
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Add cooled mixture and beat for five minutes on high.

Spoon creme filling into frosting bag.  Insert frosting tip into the top of the cupcake and squeeze.  It's kind of hard to tell how much you're getting into the cupcake, so squeeze as much or as little as you like).

Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting (make your own or use some from the store).  Enjoy!

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