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Black Bottom Cupcakes on Taste and Tell

I love food blogging and the food blogging world. What started out as a way for me to keep track of what I’ve made and what I thought about it, and maybe to get a little practice on my photography, has turned into an all out hobby and obsession. When I’m making a meal or a dessert, in my head, I’m already coming up with the words I want to post with that meal. Sometimes the words come easy, and sometimes it’s a little more difficult, but it is always fun.

I never imagined that I would actually have people come and comment on my blog, or even come look at my blog for that matter! I look at my stats every once in awhile, and see that a lot of my hits come from people “googleing”, looking for a recipe, and it humbles me that they sometimes end up on one of my pages. Now if only I could find a way to make a living from blogging – then I would have a job that I could truly say that I loved!

There is a downfall with blogging, though. I sometimes make something, or want to make something, and feel like it’s just not blog worthy, or that it’s been done so many times that why would someone want to hear about it again from me?? With the shear amount of food blogs out there today, though, it’s almost impossible to find a recipe that someone has not done. And sometimes, I need to remember that this blog really is about me, and about what I cook and bake and about what I like. I don’t think anyone would enjoy going to a blog where the author is not passionate about what he/she makes.

So today’s recipe is one of those recipes that has been done a hundred times over, but really, it’s so good that it could be done another hundred times over and I wouldn’t get sick of it. I grew up knowing these as Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes, and I never knew of their popularity. The recipe my mom used is a little different. The cheesecake portion would always sink to the bottom, which I loved, but I also love that with this version, the cheesecake stays put in the middle of the cupcake. My mom’s never had the chocolate glaze on top, either, but I loved that addition.

I did have to change this recipe up a bit. The filling was the perfect amount for 24 cupcakes, but I was quite short on the cake batter. I found that 1 1/2 times the batter was just about right (I had a little left over), so that is what I have included in the recipe below. I also had way too much of the chocolate glaze, so I halved that amount. I could have added more to the cupcakes but I didn’t want the glaze to overpower the cupcake.

So even though they’ve been done many times before, they really are worth doing again!!

Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe

Black Bottom Cupcakes
adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey

Makes 24 Cupcakes

For the Filling

8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 large egg
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Cake Batter

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/8 cup natural cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
1/8 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 standard 12-cup cupcake tins with paper cupcake liners.

To make the filling:

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, egg, salt, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate chips.

To make the cake batter:

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the boiling water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Stir together until smooth.

Fill each cupcake cup ¼ full of batter and top with a heaping tablespoon or so of the filling. Divide it evenly and use it all. Top the filling with the remaining batter, dividing it evenly. Bake until cupcakes are puffed and firm, about 25-28 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze:

Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If the chocolate is not completely melted, continue to microwave for 30 second intervals and stir until smooth.

Transfer the cupcakes in the pans to a wire rack and let cool completely. When cool, dip the top of each cupcake in the chocolate glaze. Feel free to double dip, if you like. Let the excess glaze drip from the cupcakes for a few seconds and then place the cupcake right-side up on the wire rack until glaze firms up before serving. I found that it was easier to just spoon the glaze on top of the cupcakes and spread gently.

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48 Responses to Black Bottom Cupcakes

  1. Happy cook says:

    Wow looks so delicious.
    It is coffee time now here and i would love to have atleas 2 of them with my cuppa

  2. Erin says:

    These look delicious! I’ve made black bottom brownies and they were delicious, but I haven’t made cupcakes yet. I love the chocolate and cream cheese combination.

  3. Lizzybee says:

    I can’t wait to try these!

  4. The Mediocre Cook says:

    These do look absolutely amazing and your right. Sweets like these can never be posted enough about.

  5. Maria says:

    I have actually never made these! Shocking I know!! They do look divine, so I must try them soon!! I am always in the mood for a good sweet treat!

  6. Ruth says:

    Oh my goodness! These look fabulous! I am tagging these on my reader so my girls can bake these in the next couple weeks. Thank you!

  7. Heather says:

    oh my gosh, those look amazing! i almost licked my screen!

  8. Cakebrain says:

    There’s a reason why these are done again and again, I suppose…they look so fantastic!

  9. mimi says:

    i have been eyeing making these kind of cupcakes for like forever now! yours came out looking amazing!

  10. Brilynn says:

    I never mind seeing the same recipe two or three, (or four…) times because it just reassures me that it really is a good recipe that is worth trying out. Food bloggers have yet to let me down.

  11. Suzana says:

    Fabulous cupcakes! Love the flavour combination – just bookmarked the recipe. 🙂

  12. Mary says:

    I’m going to bookmark this recipe for my favorite young visitors..

  13. noble pig says:

    I love a cupcake with a surprise inside, thank you!

  14. HoneyB says:

    Oh this looks delicious!

  15. Gigi says:

    the cupcakes look sinfully delicious! and i love the book. i bought after i did the cheesecake pops and have used it a lot since!

  16. michelle @ TNS says:

    you can’t go wrong with a classic!

  17. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    These look absolutely spectacular! Chocolate with cream cheese treat inside: please throw one over here!

  18. Jenny says:

    What beautiful cupcakes Deborah! I’d love a couple tonight!

  19. Deb says:

    Well, I have never seen these before! My son just walked in and peered over my shoulder, said Yum, you have to make those!

    Better print the recipe I guess!!!

  20. Linda F says:

    they look fabulous, and you are right, you should make what you love and get excited about. My life has been taken over by blogging too, I love trying new recipes, and am always composing posts in my head!!!!Blogging has made me more adventurous which can only be a good thing!

  21. Peabody says:

    One of the worlds greatest cupcake inventions. See yours makes me need some…now!

  22. Grace says:

    these babies are definitely blog-worthy and definitely worth making over and over again. they look perfect, which is no surprise. 🙂

  23. kat says:

    I feel exactly the same way about whether something is blog worthy or not. Sometimes its easy to get wrapped up in the blogging for hits & stuff & forget why you actually started

  24. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, this is such a coincidence – I have bought this book and it arrived a couple of days ago in my house. I went through it and felt lime making pretty much everything – but these really caught my attention, since I have never tried this kind of cupcake.
    Tks for the tip on the amounts of batter – your cupcakes look amazing!

  25. Pam says:

    I have never made these cupcakes nor have I eaten one. They look fantastic!

    I feel the same way about food blogging – it’s the BEST hobby!

  26. Madam Chow says:

    I think these are wonderful, and I’m sure glad your blogged about them – it’s a reminder that some things are worth making again.

  27. Maria says:

    Deb they might have been done a dozen times but not by me and your pics are making me want to try them now, so I’m glad you decided to blog these delicious cupcakes!


  28. Rosie says:

    WOW deb those black bottom cupcakes looks so delicious!!

    Rosie x

  29. kittie says:

    Wow – chocolate cheesecake cupcakes? You have my attention!

    I’ve never done them before – so I’m glad you ventured forth!

  30. ashley says:

    ::::::::; drool ::::::::::;

    seriously those are some of the best looking black bottom cupcakes i’ve ever seen. i’m SOOOOO trying these soon!

  31. sunita says:

    Deborah, those cupcakes are to die for 🙂

  32. Patsyk says:

    chocolate + cheesecake? I’m SOOOO there!

    Yes, you should make what makes you happy… who cares how many times it’s been done before, we all have our own “spin” and memories to tie into each recipe we make. 🙂

  33. Mrs. L says:

    And just because they’ve been done a hundred times before, doesn’t mean that every has done them! I’ve never made these nor do I have a recipe for them bookmarked so know that they will now go on my list of things to make.

  34. Psychgrad says:

    Maybe I should consider redundancy of recipes, but I really never do. I just like to post fruits of my labour, successful or not. I think we’re all learning from each other.

    Plus, the more I see a recipe, the more I want to make it myself. So, repetition is good.

    I have seen black bottom cupcakes before. But now I’m reminded that I really should make them.

  35. giz says:

    I’m so intrigued by black bottom cupcakes. I have to tag this one and try it. They’ll be putting a sign on my door soon that says “muffins r us”…
    They look so good.

  36. Paula says:

    I hope you keep on blogging! I love looking at your creations and enjoy the narratives that accompany them! These cupcakes are no exception! How do you keep from, you know, eating them without stopping? I love your colorful cupcake cups, too. I wonder if these would hold up in a lunch box. My family would go nuts over these! YUM!

  37. Prudy says:

    This one’s definitely worth doing again. I haven’t made these in ages and I don’t want to forget about them. They’re so good and pretty easy and everyone always loves them.

  38. Kate / Kajal says:

    i hear ya girl …i feel that way about my food n photographs too .. !
    and its always nice to see a chocolate recipe …even if its done a 100 times over !! 🙂
    love the picture where of the cross section … shows what you’re gonna get !

  39. Debbie says:

    The cupcakes look great. I would love to try them. It is hard to come up with new things to make a blog interesting. Sometimes I think mine is kind of boring, but it is so much fun and you just can’t come up all the time with something new. I post things that probably have been made a million times, but it is STILL fun!!!!!

  40. Rosie says:

    Hi Deb, I have an award waiting on my blog for you 🙂


    Rosie x

  41. eatme_delicious says:

    I agree – you have this blog because you love food and posting/writing about the stuff you make, so who cares if other people have made the same thing. I’ve seen these done many times but never with a chocolate glaze which seems like the perfect addition!

  42. kamailesfood says:

    Mmm…these look great. Even when something’s been done a bazillion times, I enjoy seeing other people’s versions.

  43. Elle says:

    Another great recipe from that great book! Love that the cheesecake stays in the middle…and the glaze is just the thing to top ’em with. It really is awesome when someone finds a post from the past and comments that it is what they were looking for…and they made it, too! Bet someone will do that with these great cupcakes!

  44. Jacque says:

    Well, I haven’t seen anyone blog about these that I can remember, so I’m glad you did. They look fantastic….mmmm, really! I like how the cheesecake stays in the middle, just like it should. 🙂

  45. hot garlic says:

    You have to know I feel you on that one! It is hard to strike a balance once people start to read it and follow you isn’t it!? You feel like you then have to please them!

    I think this is great, though I have heard of them a hundred times, it never gets old and I still haven’t made them. Maybe this will be the time!

  46. Aimée says:

    Ok, so this is new to me! Hope that encourages you. I have a lot of similar feelings about blogging- it’s been a great journey.
    I’ll be making these soon! They look great.

  47. Jaime says:

    i have seen these popping up everywhere and now i want to make them! they look perfect, thanks for listing your modifications for us

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