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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 each: 174 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 269203
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2017

"These luscious cupcakes taste wonderful and are so moist!!"

Bakesweettreatsmt User ID: 8925300 253592
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"Amazing! Used namaste gluten free flour blend, and they turned out great. Didn't top with nuts."

5100 User ID: 1154600 252540
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"Delicious!! My 9 year old daughter made these. She used cherry balsamic vinegar. Yum!! Also used light cream cheese, skipped the nuts and extra sugar. Will definitely keep in the rotation!!"

Peggyblue33 User ID: 5086807 220870
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!"

kallsmom User ID: 2662239 13018
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!"

wombie User ID: 5672227 14192
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

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

heishman01 User ID: 5338223 33590
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

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

Excellent recipe."

mglicl User ID: 6409386 13523
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."

tea-talk User ID: 3784836 13434
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!"

Laura0754 User ID: 6007994 19622
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

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

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 201450
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

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


glo58bes User ID: 1072747 44114
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

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

pkjones5 User ID: 61691 12863
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

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

dthome User ID: 4520107 19458
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"Very good recipe."

dthome User ID: 4520107 39663
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

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

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 13017
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!"

kightlis User ID: 4315427 19431
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!!!"

Viv877 User ID: 3264930 13428
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."

rustydog User ID: 2203279 12854
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2008

"Thanks for new easier Add to my Recipe Box"

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