Black Bottom Cupcakes Recipe

Stacey Mebs | Bake.Eat.Repeat.

These black bottom cupcakes are amazing - moist chocolate cupcakes with a creamy chocolate chip cheesecake filling! They're a family favourite here!

Have you ever had black bottom cupcakes?

I think most people have. It's nothing new. There's a bajillion recipes floating around for these cupcakes.

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I first tried black bottom cupcakes when I was about 14. It was quite possibly the first cupcake I ever had where I genuinely loved it.

Cupcakes typically aren't my thing. They're just too sweet.

I like these chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes well enough - but they have whipped cream instead of buttercream frosting and I think that makes the difference. Not nearly as sweet, so I enjoy them.

But black bottom cupcakes fix that little problem because they don't need frosting.

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So I really like them. Ever since that first taste, I've always loved these chocolate cupcakes with a creamy cheesecake filling. 

Most recipes for black bottom cupcakes call for less cupcake batter then my recipe does.

After making approximately 92 batches of these cupcakes though, I've decided that I like a little more chocolate and a little less cheesecake in each cupcake.

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I always find with the traditional recipe for black bottom cupcakes that you either have cheesecake completely covering the cupcake instead of just in the middle of it, or you just don't use it all because there's simply too much of it.

So I've increased the amount of cupcake batter so the proportions work out a little better. Because of that, it may be a bit different then black bottom cupcakes you've had in the past.

Or, if you've never had one, you should probably make these ASAP. Because they are the best cupcakes.

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Do chocolate cream cheese cupcakes need to be refrigerated?

Because of the cream cheese filling in these black bottom cupcakes, you will want to refrigerate them.

They'll be okay at room temperature for a few hours, but I would recommend storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator after they've cooled completely. 

Put wax paper between layers of the cupcakes so they don't stick together. We actually find that we prefer the taste of these cupcakes when they're cold anyways so it's not a problem to store them in the fridge.

File 1 - Black Bottom Cupcakes

How do you cool cupcakes?

Let the cupcakes cool in the muffin tin for 15 minutes, then gently remove them from the pan and place them on a wire rack to cool completely. You can also just place the muffin tin on a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool completely in the tin before removing them.

How to make Black Bottom Cupcakes:

  • I've found the cheesecake filling works best in these cupcakes if you don't over-mix it. So I mix it up with a spatula instead of with an electric mixer to avoid over-mixing, and then put it in the fridge to firm up while making the cupcake batter. This way it sinks into the middle of the cupcake rather then spreading across the top of it in a thin layer.
  • I like to use mini chocolate chips in the cheesecake filling, but you can certainly use regular sized ones instead if you prefer.
  • Make sure to bake these cupcakes as soon as you can after mixing up the chocolate batter as the baking soda starts working as soon as you mix it together with the vinegar in the wet ingredients. Don't fill the muffin tins and then leave them sitting on the counter for a half hour, or you won't get as much rise in the oven.
  • I do recommend using paper liners for these cupcakes, as they will stick a fair bit to the pan otherwise. If you don't have any, make sure to grease the pan really well. You will also want to let the cupcakes cool completely before trying to peel off the wrappers.
  • The cupcake batter for these black bottom cupcakes is the same as Wacky Cake, if you've ever had that. No eggs, milk, or butter, but still absolutely delicious!
File 2 - Black Bottom Cupcakes

Here are some more great dessert recipes for you:

Hot Chocolate Brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Caramel Apple Blondies

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Black Bottom Cupcakes Recipe

    24 Servings

Ingredients

For the Cheesecake:
  • 1 8 ounce package Cream Cheese, (250g)
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips, (semisweet)
For the Cupcakes:
  • 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, (I used Dutch processed)
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Warm Water
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line two muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, and salt and stir until smooth.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Place the cheesecake filling in the fridge to firm up a bit while you prepare the cupcake batter.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda until well combined.
  8. In another bowl, whisk together the water, oil, vanilla, and vinegar until combined. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  9. Fill the prepared muffin tins with the cupcake batter until they are half to 2/3 full.
  10. Place 1-2 tablespoons of the cheesecake filling on top of each cupcake (I like to use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop for this).
  11. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the chocolate part of a cupcake comes out clean.

 

Notes

  • These cupcakes are best cold. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Source: Adapted from a combination of recipes from my mother-in-law and my friend Nicole W.
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Author: Stacey Mebs
Source: Adapted from a combination of recipes from my mother-in-law and my friend Nicole W.
Recipe Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 54
Calories 195

% Daily Value*
10%
Total Fat 7g
14%
  Saturated Fat 3g
5%
Sodium 122mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate 27g
1%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 17g
5%
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!