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Dalmatian Cupcakes a chipper dessert

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Name: Michelle Beck

Michelle Beck

Age: 8
Parents: Joyce and Doug Beck
Siblings: Stephanie, 9, and Emily, 6
Community: Baden
School: Third-grader at State Street Elementary School
Hobbies: Playing with friends
Sports: Softball
Favorite food to cook: These cupcakes
Favorite foods to eat: Pancakes
Favorite subject in school: Gym
Favorite TV show: "Rugrats"
Favorite movie: "Harry Potter"

This summer, Michelle went with her family to Disney World for a week. Like every smart traveler, she took her own snacks for the flight.

"They only give you a little bag of pretzels and a drink," she said. Her own snack bag contained all sorts of good things, such as Scooby Snacks.

Michelle has been cooking for about two years, according to her mom. She got this recipe from one of her grandmother's cookbooks.

Dalmatian Cupcakes

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix with pudding
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 16-ounce can vanilla ready-to- spread frosting
  • Extra chocolate chips for decoration

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick spray.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the dry cake mix, water and vegetable oil. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for one minute. Scrape sides of bowl, then beat on low speed for one minute longer.

Add 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir with wooden spoon until mixed. Spoon the batter into sprayed cups or paper cups until 2/3 full.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, then take out of pan and cool on wire rack. Cool completely before icing. Spread frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips on top of each cupcake.

To submit a recipe to Cooking with Kids, please send the recipe, along with the name of the child, a head shot (preferably a school picture), and a telephone number where the child can be contacted to: Cooking with Kids, Kathleen Ganster, 3142 Camberly Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

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