Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes Recipe
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Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes Recipe

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I got the recipe for these moist , filled cupcakes from a dear friend about 25 years ago. I have made them many times for my family and for church functions. They're irresistable. —Vivian Morris, Cleburne, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 358 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. For filling, in a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and 1/2 teaspoon salt until combined. Fold in chocolate chips; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and remaining sugar and salt. In another bowl, whisk the water, oil and vinegar; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter. Drop filling by heaping tablespoonfuls into the center of each. Bake at 350° for 24-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a large mixing bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, cocoa, butter, milk and vanilla; beat until blended. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with pecans. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 20 cupcakes.
Originally published as Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes in Taste of Home April/May 2007, p31

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"Moist, tasty, and delicious! My family's favorite. Also good without the frosting. This is a quick go-to desert when my family are coming."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"I made these for a coworker's birthday. I followed the recipe to a T -- and they are probably the BEST cupcakes I've ever had/made. So moist, and once they are totally cooled the filling is delicious and adds the finishing touch to an already delicious treat. I did end up throwing a good amount of frosting away, but I also got 16 cupcakes vs. 20 - I guess they were a little on the big side. But SOOOOO good. I will definitely be making them again for the next special occasion. A coworker described it as decadent. :-)"

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"I will have to try this one again... the Taste is amazing but they stuck really bad to the cupcake liners. Not sure if anyone else has had issues with this but its not worth icing them if we can't get them out of the wrappers. I want to try this one again with a cake mix and see if that helps"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"I brought these in to a church potluck and received rave reviews. These went so fast that everyone didn't get to try one of them! Only thing that I did differently was to not include the pecans on top. They were absolutely scrumptious!"

Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"Fun and easy recipe to make! Also delicious! Will make again in the future!"

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