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Simple and Delicious Black Bottom Cupcakes

These Simple and Delicious Black Bottom Cupcakes are marbled masterpieces that will melt in your mouth the minute you take a bite! They are rich, chocolatey, super moist, and filled with the creamiest chocolate chip cream cheese filling ever!

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I can remember growing up and being all kinds of excited when one of my Aunts would make these gooey chocolate black bottom cupcakes for a family gathering. When I’d see them sitting on the kitchen counter, my eyes would light up! They were one of my favorite treats as a kid and they still are as an adult too!

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how to make black bottom cupcakes

This simple and delicious black bottom cupcake recipe is broken out into two parts—the cream cheese filling, which you make first, and the chocolate cupcakes.

cream cheese filling

ingredients needed: cream cheese, granulated sugar, an egg, chocolate chips

recommended baking tools: medium-size mixing bowl (preferably glass) and hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, spatula

Before starting (and this is important!), your cream cheese needs to be softened and at room temperature. The egg should be at room temperature as well. Beat the cream cheese for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed until it’s nice and smooth. Add in the sugar, then the egg. Add in the chocolate chips last using a spatula.

chocolate cupcakes

ingredients needed: all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, water, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract

recommended baking tools: large-size mixing bowl and hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, spatula, cookie scoop, 2 cupcake tins, cupcake liners

The chocolate cupcakes is the second part to this recipe. When mixed together, the batter will be on the runnier side. This is because of using the oil which makes the cake super moist. I suggest using a cookie scoop to place the batter into each cupcake liner. It will make things easier for you and it will be less messy.

I whisked the dry ingredients together, then added the wet ingredients. Keep your hand-held or stand mixer speed on low as you add in the wet ingredients to avoid any splatter.

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tips for making easy black bottom cupcakes

  • Your eggs should be at room temperature before starting.
  • The cream cheese should be softened and at room temperature. If it’s still even the slightest bit cold, it will leave small lumps in the filling and look like cottage cheese.
  • Fill the cupcake liners only half way full to leave room for the dollop of cream cheese filling.
  • This simple and delicious black bottom cupcakes recipe can easily be made in a 13″ x 9″ x 1″ baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
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how do I fix lumpy cream cheese?

Here are a few tips to try if you run into the dreaded lumpy cream cheese.

microwave it

In a microwaveable bowl add the cream cheese mixture and heat it for only 10-15 seconds at a time to help melt the cream cheese. Avoid heating it for longer amounts of time because you don’t want to cook the egg in the process. Whisk the mixture again until the lumps have dissolved.

try the food processor

Place the cream cheese mixture into a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.

start over

The warming method has worked for me in the past, but sometimes nothing seems to fix it, in which case I would say to just start over again. This time with room temperature, softened cream cheese and a room temperature egg.

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Simple and Delicious Black Bottom Cupcakes

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Approximately 30 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

These Simple and Delicious Black Bottom Cupcakes are marbled masterpieces that will melt in your mouth the minute you take a bite! They are rich, chocolatey, super moist, and filled with the creamiest chocolate chip cream cheese filling ever!


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Ingredients

cream cheese filling

cupcake batter


Instructions

cream cheese filling

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the 2nd level position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 standard cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy (2-3 minutes).
  3. Add in the granulated sugar and egg and continue to mix until completely blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula. Set to the side.

chocolate cupcakes

  1. Using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment mix together on low-medium speed the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and sugar.
  2. On low speed, add in the eggs, vegetable oil, water, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. The batter will be on the thin, runnier side.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, fill the cupcake liners no more than 1/2 full, then top with 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling.
  4. Bake for 22-24 minutes at 350ºF.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes in cupcake tin. Then transfer to wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  6. This makes roughly 30 cupcakes, so you will need to repeat this process one more time. Alternatively, you can half this recipe to get roughly 15 cupcakes.

Notes

Your eggs should be at room temperature before starting

The cream cheese should be softened and at room temperature. If it’s still even the slightest bit cold, it will leave small lumps in the filling and look like cottage cheese.

Fill the cupcake liners only half way full to leave room for the dollop of cream cheese filling.

This simple and delicious black bottom cupcakes recipe can easily be made in a 13″ x 9″ x 1″ baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.

Recipe adapted from the 1992 St. Andrew’s Heavenly Delights Cookbook.

Keywords: black bottom cupcakes, cupcakes, cheesecake cupcakes, cream cheese filling, chocolate chips, easy desserts

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Elsa
    August 17, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    I loved this recipe! It was easy to put together, and tasted fantastic. The cupcake part was moist, and the cheesecake filling on top creates a beautiful effect, so there’s no need for frosting (I love that part—more cake! + bake and go). I’ve switched the measurements to grams (only bake by weight), and put this recipe in my folder of ‘keepers’. Thanks for sharing, Jen!

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      August 17, 2018 at 11:21 PM

      You’re very welcome, Elsa! I’m so glad you loved it! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Camila
    March 8, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    These cupcakes look so beautiful!

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      March 9, 2019 at 1:46 PM

      Thanks Camila! These are my all time favorite cupcakes ever! And no frosting needed either!

  • Reply
    Naythar
    June 12, 2019 at 2:24 AM

    Any substitute for the apple cider vinegar?

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      June 12, 2019 at 8:02 AM

      I have not tried this, but I’ve read you can substitute apple cider vinegar with lemon juice. It’s not a 1:1 ratio though. For the 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar this recipe calls for, you could use 1 tbsp. of lemon juice or white vinegar.

  • Reply
    Rose
    August 23, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    I’ve made this recipe twice now and we love them! So easy and so yummy. Fun to make with my preschooler. I added a pinch of salt to the batter the second time and they tasted even better. Really light and moist.

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      August 26, 2019 at 9:05 AM

      This makes me so happy Rose, thank you! I love that you make them with your preschooler too! So much fun!

  • Reply
    Lauren Masters
    November 17, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Wonderful wonderful dessert, perfect for sharing, no mess! 5 stars!! Best served chilled – brings the cheesecake and chocolate chips to attention.

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      November 19, 2019 at 11:20 AM

      I’m so happy you loved them! They’ve been a favorite since I was a kid! Next time I make them I’ll have to try them chilled – great idea!

  • Reply
    Fira
    November 24, 2019 at 2:59 AM

    Hello. I’m so excited to try this recipe, thabk you very much for sharing. However, I’m scared thay my oven is not big enough to back all the cupcake all together, it jusg can only fit 12 cupcake tin. So, can I leave the battee outside first while waiting the one in oven baked completely?

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      November 24, 2019 at 9:20 AM

      Hi, thanks for your question! I haven’t had to do this, but I don’t think it would hurt. I wouldn’t wait much past the 22-24 minutes to bake them though. An alternative would be to half the recipe, and make them twice. I hope you love them as much as I do!❤️

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    Rachael
    April 4, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    I loved these cupcakes and we’ll be sure to make them again! The chocolate chips and the cheesecake make the cupcake gooey and all sorts of delicious in the center! They also paired very nice with some vanilla bean ice cream:) this recipe was very easy to follow and simple to make – perfect!!!

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      April 5, 2020 at 8:50 AM

      Thank you so much, Rachael! I’ll have to pair them with some vanilla bean ice cream next time! That sounds good!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 6, 2020 at 9:37 PM

      Looks delicious! Quick question, how do you store leftovers?

      • Reply
        Jennifer
        April 7, 2020 at 7:03 AM

        Thanks! Keep them stored in an airtight container either at room temperature or the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

  • Reply
    Amy
    April 5, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    I have tried multiple recipes on the internet for Black Bottom Cupcakes and these are, by far, the best I have tried! The chocolate cupcake crumb was moist and there were no issues with the cream cheese filling (as I have had with prior recipes). I have not been able to find a recipe that balanced both components. I have been an avid baker for over ten years – this is definitely a recipe you can trust! Since it’s a quarantine, to conserve baking supplies, I halved the recipe per recipe notes. I used parchment paper liners I purchased previously from Amazon. Look forward to trying more from Beyond the Butter.

  • Reply
    Sammi
    April 24, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    We absolutely love this recipe! Our friends that we shared them with enjoyed them too.

  • Reply
    Mel Cee
    April 26, 2020 at 9:29 AM

    This recipe was super easy to follow and yielded almost 30 cupcakes! Next time, I’ll cut in half. The hardest part was filling the cupcake tin but I appreciated the tip to fill in half way. I used a small ice cream scooper for the cream cheese. I refrigerated them overnight and I feel like they tasted better the next day!

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