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Black Bottom Cupcakes Recipe

Black Bottom Cupcakes Recipe

This recipe's been in our family for years, but these cupcakes still go quick each time I make them. So I always double or triple the ingredients! You'll likely see what I mean if you make them at your place—I can't remember anyone who's tried them for the first time not asking for seconds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar
  • Chopped almonds, optional


  • 1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt until smooth. Stir in chips; set aside.
  • 2. For cupcakes, in a large bowl, beat the sugar, water, oil, egg, vinegar and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture until blended.
  • 3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with chocolate batter. Drop a heaping tablespoonful of cheese mixture in center of batter of each cupcake. Sprinkle with sugar and chopped almonds if desired.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 20-24 cupcakes.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 174 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 148 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Black Bottom Cupcakes

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Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"These are great especially when warm and the choc chips are melted! Only thing I did differently was added vanilla to the cheesecake mix and I sprinkled raw sugar on the top of each cupcake. Highly recommend this recipe!"

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"These were a hit! Took them to the cottage last weekend and everyone loved them and asked for the recipe! Will make these again!"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"My grandmother made these regularly, they've been a family favorite for years."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"These are my husband's favorite. His mom would make these every year at Christmas.

Excellent recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"I have made these cup cakes forever. My adult son gets them every year for his birthday. I always make them in a mini size and double the recipe for approx. 90 cakes or so."

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"Didn't use the nuts, but it was still great! A friend who doesn't like chocolate even loved them! lol Will definitely make again, since the gals at work were upset they didn't get more!"

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"I got rave reviews when I made this for a bridal shower. Chocolate & cheesecake are a match made in heaven!"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"I covered the cream cheese mixture in the chocolate batter so the filling was a surprise! Yummy!


Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"I've been making these cupcakes for many years but with a topping of chopped walnuts, chocolate chips and sugar."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I have made these during halloween and I added orange foodcolor to the filling. They are very good!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"Very good recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"This recipe was the best one I ever made."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"This is also a recipe from my childhood. I made them today form my husband's trip across the country- they travel well and keep nicely- no frosting to smudge!"

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"They're DELICIOUS! Very cheesecake-y and not overly sweet. Frosting them would be overkill and might even detract from their perfection. I used brown sugar instead of white in the cupcake portion. If you're low on chocolate chips that's okay...1 cup of them is very generous here. The almonds are a great addition. Will make repeatedly!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2008

"My family loved this one!! I made it when friends came over and they wanted the recipe - as did my sister who tried it the next day. My husband has asked me when I will make them again.

Easy to prepare, most things are on hand (except the cream cheese), and totally yummy."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2008

"Thanks for new easier Add to my Recipe Box"

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