Monday, 10 February 2014

black bottom cupcakes

Let me introduce you to my newest obsession.

Black bottom cupcakes.

I discovered these babies only recently and am already hopelessly in love with them. These are basically cupcakes with a cream cheese/cheesecake filling. Cake and cheesecake? Oh yes please.

Being obsessed with cupcakes myself, I naturally loved this recipe. But what I love even more about these cupcakes, is that you don't need to spend hours frosting them. They look great on their own. Perfect for crowds or when you're short on time. Whip up a basic chocolate cupcake batter, stir in the cream cheese mixture, and you're good as gold!

A couple of weeks ago we had a church function on, and due to work commitments I only had a short window of time to bake lots of cupcakes. These were perfect. In about an hour I had about 30 of these beauties cooling on racks! Not mentioning, they were a huge hit.

Black Bottom Cupcakes
makes about 24

For the filling:
225 cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup castor sugar
1 egg
1 cup dark chocolate chips

For the cupcake:
3 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups water
2/3 cups vegetable oil
2 Tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 180C. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
For the filling, beat the cream cheese, sugar and egg in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Do not overmix as this may cause the cream cheese to split. Carefully stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
To make the cupcakes, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla and beat for 1 minute. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Spoon 1 level tablespoon of the filling into the centre of each cupcake.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

I've been experimenting with different flavours so stay tuned for other variations - including an orange/jaffa version!


  1. Oh man...these would make me have a fat bottom! They look delish and I'm pinning right away! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


  2. Awesome. Featured and pinned. Linda

  3. These look really yummy thanks for sharing at the party! Pinned. Theresa @DearCreatives

  4. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  5. These are my favorite!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206