Chocolate Swirl Muffin Cake

Yesterday I shared a sausage and potato bake you could make for Mother’s Day or any other day.  Here is the perfect accompaniment.  A Chocolate Swirl Muffin Cake.  I found the recipe over at the Mixing Bowl.  It is a fun way to dress up a Betty Crocker chocolate chip muffin mix.  I had some on my shelf that needed to be used and this was perfect.

It is definitely for the chocolate lover.  You could forgo the filling/glaze to make it less chocolaty if you still want the cake shape without the heavy chocolate flavor.  This really could even qualify as a dessert and not a muffin due to the high chocolate content.  I have also discovered the secret to getting your bundt cake to come out of the pan perfect every time is to use the Pam spray for “Baking”.  Use the spray to grease the pan, give the cake 10 minutes to cool before inverting, and the cake comes out perfectly every time!

I also have a fabulous Mother’s Day giveaway.  It’s a great Mother’s Day Family Night gift pack from Nestle.  It includes a $25 gift card to to order a movie or two of your choice, along with free coupons from Stouffer’s, Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough, Toll House Morsels, Nesquik, Ovaltine, Coffee-Mate, Wonka Exceptionals and Juicy Juice; as well as product from Raisinets and Wonka, with a $1.00 Wonka coupon, and a 30-day Glowelle kit.  A great way for the family to celebrate with Mom!

To enter, leave a comment about your favorite Mother’s Day gift you have received or given to a woman in your life.  You have until Sunday at 10 pm (MST) to enter.  I am hoping that this will still get to the winner before Mother’s Day.

You can also enter the big giveaway for the the Mother’s Day to Remember Sweepstakes at and you can enter for a chance to win $10,000 dream prize package. Be sure to click on the link to enter!

Chocolate Swirl Muffin Cake


1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla


2 boxes (16.4 oz each) Betty Crocker chocolate chip premium muffin mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs

1. Heat oven to 375. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan.

2. In 2-quart saucepan, cook all filling ingredients over medium-low heat 2 to 3 min, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove 1/3 cup filling for glaze; set aside. Freeze remaining filling 15 min until thick like pudding.

3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir together all cake ingredients. Spoon half the batter into pan. Remove filling from freezer. Carefully spoon filling in center of batter to within 1/2 inch of pan edges. Spoon remaining batter over filling.

4. Bake 50 to 65 min or until top springs back when touched. Cool 15 min. Remove from pan to wire rack. Spoon reserved 1/3 cup filling on cake to glaze. (If too thick, microwave filling on high 10 to 15 seconds). Cool completely, about 1 hour.

(in my oven this was done at 50 min.)

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  • Wspaniale to napisałeś 🙂 cieszę się, że wszedłem na tę stronkę, bo niesłychanie fajnie się czyta.

  • I am a sucker for the coupon books my kids give me. They are so stinkin cute and funny!

  • My cute husband doesn’t cook, bless his heart. Two years ago he wanted to make me breakfast in bed. He knows I love french toast. He came into the bedroom carrying a tray with two pieces of toast and a small piece of paper that said, “Oui, oui”.

  • The Mother’s Day after my first miscarriage (my first child), my parents gave me a plaque that said: “Our hearts still ache in sadness, secret tears may flow, what it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.”

  • My son was born 15 weeks prematurely. After exactly 4 months in the NICU, he came home three days before Mother’s Day. That is the best gift I will ever receive!

  • My favorite was last year’s gift. My husband designed and planned out a potting bench. He was working late into the night before Mother’s Day and surprised me the next morning. It was beautiful!

  • My favorite Mother’s Day gift by far has been the excitement of knowing that I am now a mother to two–one big boy and another little boy still in the womb!

  • My favorite Mother’s Day gift is a poem my husband wrote for me. I also enjoy a delicious breakfast of french toast and fruit (but not in bed). I’m too much of a clean freak too risk crumbs in my bed.

  • My favorite thing to do on Mother’s Day is to, well, do my favorite MOM things with my 4 boys! I LOVE being a mom, so I celebrate with them by doing all of the things that make it fun to be a mom – playing board games, making treats, eating dinner together as a family, tucking them into bed, – all good things that I know I will miss as they grow up and move away from their Mom! With 3 teenage boys, that sad day is not too far away, so I am soaking up as much Mom time as I can get.

  • My husband and kids make a shadow box for me every year for Mother’s Day! Even though I know it is coming, I anticipate it more and more every year! It always has such neat pictures and artifacts from throughout the year. Things my husband kept, like show tickets or seashells, that I didn’t even realize he had kept them!

  • My favorite mothers day gift is breakfast in bed from my kids. Then they give me all their cute handmade gifts that they made at school.

  • My favorite gift for me is always time with my husband and kids with no work to do or distractions.

  • This is my first mother’s day as a mom so we’ll see what I receive, but I gave my mom a hand written note last year that thanked her for teaching me how to be a mom.

  • My son was born May 5, 2005 and Mother’s Day was the 8th that year. Having my firstborn in my arms for Mother’s Day was the greatest gift ever!

  • Flowers and homemade cards from my boys and my husband made a delicious dinner and dessert.I felt so loved!

  • My favorite gift on mother’s day was a card colored by my 2 year old.

  • Every year my mom and sisters get together and have a girls weekend around Mother’s Day. We started as a gift for my mom, but it’s fun for all of us.

  • My favorite Mother’s Day gift was a plaster plaque imprinted with my daughter’s handprint! She’s 28 and I still have this great gift.

  • The best Mother’s Day gift is fresh flowers! I don’t get them often, so it’s a nice treat.

  • My husband got me 3 tiny rings made out of white gold that has each of my children’s birthstones on them, they hang from a necklace. It’s my favorite jewelry to wear. I like meaningful gifts like this 😉

  • When I lived far from my family I think the best mother’s day gift was sending a dvd of her only grandchild

  • …going to the local tea house with my mom and sister.

  • Last year, my siblings all coordinated and took black & white photos of our families holding letters to spell out the word “FOREVER.” We had it custom-framed for my mom, and she loved it!

  • My favorite mother’s day gift is from my husband and my little girl. I was pregnant with our second child and I love gardening. I was so sick and had not got much gardening done that spring. So…while I was out, my husband and my daughter surprised me and planted some petunias all around our yard and in some pots for me. Best of all they made a family stepping stone and placed it in our main flower bed.

  • My favorite gift I got years ago. My kids were little and my hubby took them to one of the pottery stores and they painted me a bowl and a mug, with handprints. They are teenagers now and it is still my favorite mug to use.

  • My kids had their photo’s done and put together a 5 framed collage with beatiful ribbon and iron rod for the kitchen. Perfect.

  • The best gift I got from my kids were homemade coupon books. I got to use some coupons for back scratches, foot rubs, painted fingernails, chores, etc. However…the kids thought all the work they did for each coupon was hard and kind of a pain. I was still trying to collect on some later in the fall that year, but all their excitement was gone. So now I have the remains of my favorite gift from them. But what I got to use was fabulous. They have stuck to flowers and gift cards ever since.

  • This is my first mothers day as a mom, so this mothers day will be so special!

  • Some of my favorite gifts are cards from my kids and flowers for my garden.

  • A few years back my mom was watching my kids for me while my husband and I went to dinner for mothers day. When I got back to pick them up, my mom and had had my kids all color me a picture and she had gotten a few decorative frames and had put a picture from each one of my kids in them. I proudly display them on the top of my piano to this day! It made me feel so loved

  • I have two year old twin girls and my first Mother’s Day gift was a Mother’s Bracelet with their names on it. They have me wrapped — wrist and finger!!! 🙂

  • I’m still a fairly “new” mom, so my experience is limited. I’ve got a set of twin boys that are two and now a 4 mo. old baby girl. I loved getting a gift certificate to get a massage from my husband. He knows how to pamper me! 😉

  • Each year my siblings and I give our mom a picture of her grandchildren … it has been so fun to see how the kiddos change over the years!

  • The best gift I got was my five-year-old daughter trying to make me breakfast along with a cookbook her Kindergarten class made.

  • The many gifts and cards that were handmade. These I treasure.

  • I have 5 kids.. and I loved the year they made me breakfast in bed all on their own. That was perfect.

  • My 5th child (I have 6), a son, was born on Mother’s Day almost 14 years ago.
    That was the best gift I’ve received on that special day by far. However, this is a two parter comment…

    You see, my husband gave me an apple tree as a gift that year (he gave me a gift with each baby), so now every year on Mother’s Day, my son…. who was born that day…. and I, stand in front of the tree and get our picture taken. It’s fun to look back over the past years to see how tall, my baby boy AND that tree has gotten. That tree was also one of the best gifts I’ve gotten.

  • My first year married we didn’t have kids yet but my husband gave me a box of chocolates with a sweet letter telling me what a wonderful mother I will make someday. I am now 8 months pregnant with our first child. SO I guess i can really celebrate mothers day now! 😉

  • I gave my mom a “Reverse Baby Book”. You record all of your memories in it that you have about the events of your life that include her. She loved it, and found out a few things she didn’t know that us kids tried to hide for years!!!

  • I gave my mom a Foosball table, diamond earrings, and many other nice things, but her favorite gift by far has been a tea maker haha! She loves her tea.

  • Last year my siblings and I made a book for my mother that listed all the important things she had taught us. She keeps it on her coffee table.

  • I love getting homemade cards from my two little girls. Just melts my heart! 🙂

  • MMM this looks delicious! This is my first year of being a mother and my wonderful husband got me an early present because I have been wanting one since we’ve had our baby, but he got him a jogging stroller! I have recently started running and love being able to go running with my little guy! Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

  • When my Mom was alive we’d spend the day together and make brownies. 😀

  • My favourite gift is that its the one time with all the extended family commitments they have that my three daughters and their children have a meal together with me.

  • We had pictures taken and then framed a couple years ago for mother’s day. That was probably my favorite gift.

  • When I was pregnant with our oldest, we went out to eat for my favorite Chinese buffet on Mother’s Day and then 3 days later she was born so my favorite gift but just a little bit late! 🙂

  • Each year we make a photo collage of all the grandkids for my mom. She looks forward to it each year!

  • My mom always says that the roses my dad and I get for her every Mother’s Day are her favorite gift. =)

  • One year my kids gave me a message. It was a little piece of heaven!!!

  • Last year we bought my mom a special ring to remind her of my brother who is in Columbia right now, she loved it!

  • I love anything my kids give me…but last year they made me a plate with all their hand prints on it. I love it!!! We would love to have a family night all together.

  • Last year my kids were so sweet for mother’s day. Their dad took them all to pick put cards, but they didn’t like any of the mother’s day cards. So, I got birthday cards for mother’s day. It was so cute. I couldn’t help but love them.

  • The best present I got was a Kitchen Aid! My hubby knew that I had ALWAYS wanted one and with all I’ve made with it through the years I don’t he’s ever regretted it! =)

  • I haven’t been a mother long and my boys are still too little to make anything, so for me a NordicTrack treadmill. My favorite gifts to give are always the ones we have given to my Grandmothers, scrapbooks, hand print aprons, flowers that they plant in their gardens…

  • My favorite mother’s day gift was a membership to a living history museum near us. My husband gave the children the option of what to get me and they picked it out on their own. We love going there as a family and since we homeschool it was a perfect gift. I love going there and being transported back to the 1800’s.

  • My favorite Mother’s day gift was the flowers my kids picked out for me. They also fixed me breakfast it was really sweet. My favorite gift I gave my momma was a scrapbook full of my kids and her’s special moments. She loved it.

  • I loved giving my mother and mother-in-law homemade scrapbooks of my daughter on her very first Mother’s Day.

  • I love anything my kids make for me. And I enjoy buying myself a new skirt or dress for a Mother’s Day present too.

  • A card my daughter made for me, she’s two!!

  • My favorite gift I gave my mother is an embroidered and framed saying of Prov. 31:28. Oddly the one I see the most is a stupid little “Worlds best mom” cheesy little picture, I got at a school store in 5th grade. She still has it hanging over her sink. 30 years later.

  • The cake looks mouthwatering good! I told my family I was buying my own mother’s day present this year and bought myself a new dutch oven. Haven’t used it yet but can’t wait too!

  • The little gifts they make at school are the best. They are sooo excited to give them to you and they work so hard on them. Both my girls love that mom doesn’t know anything about them and they get to surprise me.

  • I love the notes my kids bring home from church. I love their traced hands and feet and scribbles.

  • I enjoy that my kids get more excited for Mother’s Day than I do and cannot wait to tell me “Happy Mother’s Day” and to give me the items that they have made at church. It means a lot to me that they are so excited for a day that honors me.

  • My best mother’s day present has been to spent the day with my wonderful kids. We used to spend the breakfast with my DH mom, and dinner with my mom. But, for the past several years, we have made the day about me and I get to spend it the way I want to, with my kids and husband! I am going to try this recipe tomorrow for a meeting we are having. Thanks for the great blog!

  • My all time favorite gift was a bouquet of flowers with a card that said “HAPPY MOTHERS DAY” my MIL sent me. My hubby and I suffer(ed) with infertility so it was the sweetest thing someone’s done for me on Mothers Day and it made my day even though we didn’t have any kids. 🙂

  • My favorite gift(s) for Mother’s Day were the scrapbook albums each of my boys made with the help of their Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mendenhall. I still have those items and my oldest son is 19 and my youngest just turned 12.
    It’s so fun to read about themselves and what they thought of me when they were around 6 years old just graduating from Kindergarten.
    Thanks for the thoughtful question and for the opportunity to win.
    Love your blog and have tried many of your recipes. My favorite so far has been a cinnamon struesal cake–totally divine!

  • My husband made me my favorite breakfast. A cheese omlette and toast.

  • When my son was about 4 (he’s 12 now) drew a picture of me using colored pencils. I have a red bow in my hair but no hair!! I have always carried it in my Bible! He put a big red heart next to it. He and his daddy fixed me breakfast in bed and it was yummy because they made it!

  • About 10 years ago my husband gave me a set of a pearl necklace and earrings. They are so beautiful. I also like all the love notes/drawings from my kiddos.

  • I love making cute photo gifts for my mom of her with my kids.

  • I always look forward to the gifts that my kids make in school. They lighten up my day the most.

  • Favorite Mother’s Day gift is anything my kids make. Poems, pictures, crafts; they are all priceless to me!!

  • being able to make my mom happy on mother’s day is always special. this year my sister’s and i are going to paint her bedroom!

  • Every year, my kids make me breakfast in bed. They all pitch in and make one thing on my plate. I’ve had everything from cold eggs to burnt toast, but I LOVE the thoughtfulness and love that goes into it! 🙂

  • Since I’m not a mother yet, I always make my mother dinner with dessert and clean up the kitchen and do the dishes. I know eventually I will have children that hopefully they will do this for me.

  • Last year was the best because my son could actually tell me I love you!

  • My husband gave my the most thoughtful Mother’s Day gift-a bag packed with fun things to take to the hospital for the birth of our first child. It was so fun and useful.

  • My best gift is the massage that I buy myself every year! It is one thing my husband doesn’t have to try and think of and I LOVE it!

  • Every year my husband makes sure to take care of all the dirty diapers on mothers day! Definitely my favorite gift!

  • My husband bought me a kitchen-aid mixer. we were so poor and he had been saving for months to buy it for me. It was such a great gift!

  • My Husband bought me a mother’s ring, with our twin boys birth stones. It was a special gift!

  • Wow, I’m not sure but I think it was a picture my little girl painted for me of a bowl of fruit. I still love it, she’ not so crazy about how it looks now that she is several years older but it makes me happy.

  • This cake looks so yummy!!! Last year was my 1st mother’s day and my hubby gave me a sweet collage of me and my little boy together! It was very thoughtful 🙂

  • The best mothers day I have ever been given was a picture of the kids done by my husband…he was so cute about it.

  • That looks so yummy!! I think the best thing I received was last year when money was tight my husband and daughter cleaned the entire house!

  • I will have to try that, my hubby loves chocolate chip muffins and he will sure love this. I know it sounds crazy, but one of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts was a vacuum. The one we had my husband had bought straight out of college for his bachelor pad–it was loud, ugly, and I’m sure didn’t vacuum much up. After my new one, vacuuming was a favorite thing to do! 🙂

  • Love the cake !! My Mom passed away 6 years ago , so on Mother’s day & her birthday my husband & I release ballons with special messages written on them.It may sound silly but, it really helps me make it through the day.

  • The best gift I’ve ever received for mothers day were two tickets to see Damien Rice. I was pregnant with my first at the time, and my husband surprised me by taking me!

  • I am having a hard time picking the best gift. Every year my husband makes me something that has our kids represented on it. One year it was a stepping stone for the yard with the kids names and their pictures, another year was a collage of pictures, last year was a birdhouse with the kids pictures in the windows. I love all my gifts and most of all my husband and kids!

  • The best present to give my mom at least is a day of labor. There are seven kids, I am the oldest. We all go over on a certain day and do whatever she wants us to do. Last year I couldn’t go because I was 8 months pregnant, but they built a deck and weeded the garden and put mulch in the flower beds. We are doing it again this year.

  • I can already tell you this Mother’s Day is going to be the best! My husband has been out of town so much lately that this year we are going to buy some flowers for outside and spend the day together… planting flowers and just hanging out. It’s going to be a day of fun, food and flowers!!! HAHAHA

  • So yummy! This chocolate swirl muffin cake sounds delicious.
    I’ve been a mommy now for 2 1/2 years and I have to honestly say that the best Mother’s Day gift is just being with my girls on that day. And just having their love is the best gift.

  • last year i got ‘worlds best mom’ and ‘greatest wife ever’ buttons. i wore them to church and im certain that everyone was jealous that i won those awards!

  • My husband bought me a rocking chair for the mother’s day before our son was born.

  • My son was born on Mother’s Day, and I think he was my best Mother’s Day present ever.

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