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Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 358 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 268mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268823
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

"The icing adds a decadent touch to these moist flavorful cupcakes!! We love them!!"

NJ_mommy_1 User ID: 3034114 251979
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"The cupcakes are delicious! I did not use the frosting as I thought the cupcakes were good without it, as another reviewer said. I will definitely be making these again!"

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 233232
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."

JeannieF0613 User ID: 2487165 220334
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. :-)"

ruschee User ID: 7393136 208883
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"

amethystra User ID: 1679864 152180
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!"

SeranaJayne User ID: 7251558 95712
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

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

alex0jewels User ID: 6970771 125754
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I made this cupcake for my family and iced cookie monster on it. But the chocolate didnt taste that good. The vinegar was to strong or something, but it didnt taste good. And the cream cheese side was ok. But i dont really know if i would make these again."

thompsonb User ID: 702085 67993
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"I made these cupcakes for a family reunion. They were a hit! Everyone loved them. They were excellent. I will definately make these again.!"

monkeez16 User ID: 3586363 170103
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"I have made these cupcakes many many times. They are my ABSOLUTE favorites!!! I've made these for people who don't even like chocolate and they even fell in love with them!!! If you are contemplating making these you need to just do it! They are amazing!!!!! :)"

Danerlea User ID: 875081 208882
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"I was disappointed in this recipe- the cake didn't have much flavor and the filling had a odd consistency."

umyaznemo User ID: 6384207 104330
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I just found these to be just like any other out-of-a-box cupcake but with more effort."

JessicaLott User ID: 6189151 152159
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Amazing and very moist! Make sure that you hand stir the batter until JUST moistened. Others have said that the recipe made too much frosting, but if you frost the whole cupcake (unlike the picture) then it is the perfect amount."

lazuide User ID: 1721000 104167
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I made these for a co-workers birthday and everyone said they were the best cupcake they ever had!!"

Joyce Wallis User ID: 1712817 166834
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Every time I've made these, my guests have requested the recipe!"

Joyce Wallis User ID: 1712817 165322
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Every time I've make these, my guests have requested the recipe!"

mewolcott412 User ID: 875327 152157
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"This was a good moist cupcake. I used dutched cocoa for this recipe, and it really gave it depth a good of chocolate flavor, but of course, those chocolate chips helped. I got 15 cupcakes out of the recipe. I also used something called chocolate Pearls(from whole foods) as a topper, instead of nuts. This one's a keeper."

Libeets User ID: 6106198 150650
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"This recipe has been in the family forever but called black bottom cupcakes. Never used icing tho. FYI-only mix the chocolate batter by hand and just until smooth. If you overmix it, it gets runny and the filling sinks."

Kennainky User ID: 5780982 170101
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"I forgot to add the water to the chocolate part. (whoops) But I would like to try again and do it correctly. The cream cheese part was delightful :)"

AllieD114 User ID: 5645640 164743
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"As stated by others, cut the icing recipe in half. I didn't use the pecans. I have already shared the recipe with a few friends, because I loved these cupcakes! I would definitely make them again!"

beijosTiffany User ID: 5810545 165320
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"It is ESSENTIAL that you follow this recipe to a T. I'm sure one miss calculation can make your batter soupy, etc. I followed everything to the exact and my cupcakes were perfect and just like the picture! They are so yummy!

I ran out of paper liners though so I just greased and floured each cupcake hole and continued on. Cupcakes were perfect with or without paperliner!
Cut icing recipe in half! It makes SO much icing. A bit ridiculous-but then I'm not an icing fan."

angelbaby52585 User ID: 5418432 95710
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"Couldn't get the cream cheese part right, just wouldn't cook...I'll try again though, they look amazing!"

dellad4 User ID: 3487488 95457
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"I have had this recipe for years but it is called Black Bottom Cupcakes.. Wonderful with the frosting something I had never tried."

lsanders31 User ID: 4454276 164992
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"Awesome. Mine turned slightly different from the picture: the chocolate batter was very liquid, so the cream cheese filling sank to the middle on the cupcake, but will most certainly make again."

llurain User ID: 4336242 150648
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"I love this cup cakes they are amazing"

greattravelagent User ID: 944344 67992
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2009

"Mine came out like loose soup. I added more flour before baking them & they still were all gooey.

Flour to liquids seems way too low."

rcs1935 User ID: 3463926 150407
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009

"I call these surprise cupcakes. My receipe calls for any chocolate cake mix."

Sandy Rut User ID: 3906641 95456
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"Wow! They were so good


jrzgirl User ID: 2474638 104165
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"This is the first time making a cake batter from scratch. Very easy and very decadent. My family loved these cupcakes. I left out the pecans though, my family is not crazy about nuts. But a very nice cupcake."

suefowler74 User ID: 3592650 95709
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"They sure didn't last long! Outstanding"

egan8910 User ID: 2243027 164975
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"When I made these I didn't read the full recipy through so I made a boo boo with the sugar. I added it to the cream cheese mixture but didn't add it to the chocolate....... Needless to say the chocolate part was awful when eaten alone but if you took mixed bites it was really good. A+++++++ even without all that sugar."

SFWife User ID: 3564894 95708
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

" I thought so, too...but if you read carefully, it says to fill the cupcake liners 1/2 full, then drop the filling by heaping tablespoons full into them.  I had to read it a couple of times to catch it. "

SFWife User ID: 3564894 150647
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"You use full size cupcake liners & pans.

pdballard User ID: 1047483 166831
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2009

"Forgot to say to add rest of batter on top before baking??"

CookieCarol User ID: 1452995 150631
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"Barb, you are to spoon some filling onto the muffins before baking them........" Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter. Drop filling by heaping tablespoonfuls into the center of each. ""

barb40hill User ID: 1959165 170096
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"Re: chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

They sound delicious but I think you failed to tell us what to do with the cream cheese filling."

snr710 User ID: 2349289 95686
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"I make these cupcakes and use Peanut Butter Chips and frost with PNB frosting. Always a winner!!!"

stminard User ID: 279997 77446
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"I make these but a little different version - no frosting. Just sprinkle sugar over top generously before baking. They taste creamy and yummy as well. I use regular-sized cup cake liners. Makes about 20-24 cupcakes."

ElizaDoc User ID: 2241861 95685
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"do you use mini cupcake liners or full cupcake liners?"

sggoertzen User ID: 2236471 96926
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"I have a daughter who is allergic to dairy so I make these cupcakes without the cream cheese mixture and they are melt in your mouth yummy. I always get a request for the recipe!"

kris1961 User ID: 1739735 125753
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"I've made cupcakes like these for yrs. but use a choc. cake mix. Still very good!"

lrodriguez319 User ID: 3047091 164973
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"These travel well if you skip the frosting...perfect for picnics and potlucks."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 164851
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2008

"Used the icing for a chocolate cake and it was delicious.

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ja_mba User ID: 1665750 96924
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"These are amazing. My husband ate 3 in one night and was still craving them when he went to bed. I didn't think I would like them as much because of the cream cheese, but there is little to no cream cheese taste to them, just delicious."

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