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Black Bottom Cupcakes go red velvet in this fun twist on a classic – Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from www.tasteandtellblog.com

Growing up, Sundays were always the same. We’d start the day with church. Then it would be lunch – always soup and sandwiches. My parents cherished their Sunday naps, and then we had Sunday dinner.

But Sunday nights were special. Every Sunday night, we’d go over to my grandma and grandpa’s house. My mom, dad and grandma would play Scrabble. My grandpa would be in his recliner, watching westerns. There were lots of options for us kids. We would watch the Sunday night movie on tv. We would play pool. There were endless games played in the basement – including hide and seek in the dark. In our older years, we would most likely be found doing homework.

But one of the highlights of Sunday night was always dessert. My mom is a great cook. And a great baker. She didn’t bake a lot during the week, though, but there was always a treat for grandma and grandpa’s house on Sunday nights. It was anything from cake roll to white cake with chocolate frosting to my favorite – Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from www.tasteandtellblog.com

These cupcakes – which I later learned (from food blogging) are widely called Black Bottom Cupcakes – were one dessert that I’d always look forward to. Chocolate cupcakes with a cheesecake and chocolate chip center? Count me in!! And I always loved them when they were cold – straight from the fridge. They were very simple, but I think I’m a simple girl, and that’s why they were a favorite.

So this year, I got this idea to try turning those favorite cupcakes into a red velvet treat. The chocolate cupcake was replaced with red velvet. And since I’ve done it before, I decided to add on a chocolate ganache.

This was an experiment that I wish I would have tried many years ago. As much as I love my mom’s original, these might rank up there pretty close!! Of course I love the red velvet, and the ganache makes them look a little more special, and gives that extra punch of chocolate.

This is definitely a treat worthy of Valentine’s Day – and of a Sunday night at grandma and grandpa’s house!

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes
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Black Bottom Cupcakes go red velvet in this fun twist on a classic.
Serves: about 30 cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Ganache
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ⅛ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  3. Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well.
  4. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla.
  5. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pans. Set aside.
  7. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Mix until combined and smooth. Add in the egg and salt and mix. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Drop a heaping tablespoonful of the filling on top of each filled cupcake cup.
  9. Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes, or until baked through. Remove and allow to cool completely.
  10. To make the ganache, combine the chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup in a small bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute and then stir until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  11. Dip the top of each cupcake into the chocolate ganache. Return to a cooling rack to allow the ganache to set up.
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  13. cupcake recipe adapted from Paula Deen
  14. Filling and ganache adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey

30 Red Velvet Treats for Valentine's Day

And as if 5 red velvet recipes coming at you this week isn’t enough, I’m also sharing 30 Red Velvet Treats for Valentine’s Day over at the Cafe Zupas blog today.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry CupcakesAnd they may not be red velvet, but I’m sharing these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes over at Sweet Treats & More today.  They would also be a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

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23 Responses to Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes {Red Velvet Week}

  1. These look amazing! I love red velvet week, you always come up with such creative ideas!

  2. carrian says:

    Those look too scrumptious!!! Love them!

  3. Divine! I can imagine how amazing it is to bite into one of these, with all the different layers of goodness… Your red velvet week has been so great so far – can’t wait to see what else you have in store. 🙂

  4. W.O.W. I love the cheesecake filling! Fill my mouth, please.

    that came out wrong.

  5. teresa says:

    valentine’s day has never looked so good! holy cow, talk about delicious!

  6. These look so delish, I love the cheesecake filling!

  7. What a great surprise under that ganache! 😀

  8. Joanne says:

    This might be my favorite red velvet week post so far! That cheesecake surprise in the middle sounds amazing.

  9. Love all that vibrant color! And I want to lick up all that glossy frosting.

  10. These cupcakes look delicious. I love red velvet cake. This page makes me hungry. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life and check out some of my family favorite recipes at: http://deborah-bateman.blogspot.com
    Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  11. Love these! I think these need to start as breakfast, no? 🙂

  12. YUM!! These look incredible and I love that they are not mostly cheesecake!

  13. Ala says:

    This was an absolutely priceless story–my mom never baked (and still has never done so!), but hearing your story reminds me of how much I want to be that baking mom to my own kid when the time comes. I’m so glad I stumbled across this blog, this is fabulous stuff <3

  14. These look absoultely delicious!

  15. Dina says:

    these look delish but then all the red velvet treats do!

  16. Gerville says:

    That looks awesome, definitely have to try it.

  17. ashlee says:

    Do you store thsee in the fridge if your taking them somewhere the next day or do you recommend just making themthe day of the event!?
    Just wondering but there is cheese yet will the fridge dry out the muffin?
    Thank you

    • Deborah says:

      I store them covered in the refrigerator. You can let them come to room temperature before serving. But I kind of love them straight out of the fridge, too!

  18. Tanja says:

    They taste as good as they look! Thank you for writing this great red velvet book!

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