Cream cheese chocolate cupcakes | How About Orange

November 27, 2007

Cream cheese chocolate cupcakes

I made this recipe recently and thought I'd share. I'm not a huge frosting fan, and I do love easy recipes, so this is the perfect rich and decadent cupcake to make, in my mind.

Filling:
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter chips (or just use more chocolate if you want)

Cupcakes:
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbs. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla

In a bowl, beat cream cheese. Add sugar, egg, salt. Mix well. Fold in chips. Set aside. For cupcakes, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter. Top each with 2 Tbs. of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350ยบ for 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Makes 18.

(Recipe copied from some cookbook at my mom's house a long time ago.)

71 comments:

Anina said...

Yum! And I just happen to have all those ingredients in the house.

Kelly said...

these look amazing! especially since i'm not a big Frosting Girl either....

j. caroline said...

Somebody in my family must have the same cookbook. These are awesome! Great dinner party desert. You know, easy to carry, but still adult.

Sarah said...

Oooh...these are definitely going on my "gotta try" list!

Melanie said...

Oh my!

Grandma G said...

Really? I don't remember seeing anything like that in my cookbooks! (But that doesn't mean it isn't there.)

They look wonderful! I'm drooling!!!

Mmmmmmmum

amber said...

in elementary school, rebecca's mom used to make these for her every year, and i was so jealous! i thought that the fact that they didn't have frosting was so cool and sophisticated.

i'm going to make them for me and my really, really cool girlfriends :)

Mahan said...

These are definitely going into the recipe files (I cannot believe I just wrote that); my friends are going to love them on Friday (I can't believe I just wrote THAT, either...*dry laugh*).

Jess said...

You are SO domestic sometimes. You can tell your friends you bought them. It's okay. :) I won't tell.

bec said...

they seem delicious. thanks.

ames said...

ooh, those look lovely! The cake part has the same base as a sourdough chocolate cake I make, and I just so happen to have a block of cream cheese needing a purpose in life...

Jane said...

Ohh.. these are a family favorite, but we've always cheated and just used a chocolate cake mix... then the topping, but never with peanut butter chips... just chocolate...

kickpleat said...

i rarely have cream cheese on hand but these look like a trip to the store is necessary! yum!!

Sonia said...

Oh, I just made these using this recipe
http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/06/pot-bellies-black-bottoms

Yummy!

Mendy at Modern Charm said...

Printing now... they look delish!

Sherry said...

Oh my gosh! Those look heavenly!! I love anything with cream cheese in it or on it. YuM!

downwritehappy said...

These look AWESOME...thank you for the recipe...laura d.

Jen Jen said...

Yummy!! Jess, I am so hungry!

Shelley said...

How cool to see this- we have always called them Black Bottom Cupcakes- and they are always a hit. Yum!

Bird's Words said...

I made these today for a special treat for my family! They were a hit. I am sure they will be made many many more times in this house. Thanks for sharing!

O'Bursts said...

My mouth is watering. I can't wait to try these!

I like to make stuff! said...

mmmmm I have to make these now.
Can I tag you?
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Nathalie said...

its lunchtime over here in Dublin, i would love some of those, i bought a digital kitchen scale yesterday as i always mess everything up with worng measures ..i will try this !

Suzi said...

Oh yum, my favorites, chocolate and cream cheese and their together. I can't wait to make these tonight, hopefully your brother will help me eat them.

Jess said...

I'm certain he won't mind. :)

Danielle said...

This sounds delicious. I posted about it on my blog. {http://midwestmoderngirl.typepad.com/} Thanks so much!

love.boxes said...

Yummo!

Meredith said...

thanks for posting this! i'm in a baking mood... i think i'll make these tonight, they look delicious!


Bittycakes

Mom with a Scattered Mind said...

OMG those look so delish :) I jsut posted about this on my blog. http://momwithascatteredmind.blogspot.com/ Man I'm gonna have to try these as soon as possible.

niff said...

In my family we always called these "Black Bottom Cupcakes" or just Black-bottoms for short!

Every year I make them in my mini-muffin pans and give them out as gifts. I also add a little extra cream cheese filling to mine! Yours look amazing!!!

Kelly said...

Oh yum.

Anonymous said...

I asked my husband to give me one excuse why we are not making this tomorrow, and he came up with nothing (even the fact that we have NONE of the ingredients at home at the time was not given as an excuse, and he's a Master of excuses)... I guess, I have to run to the store in the morning.

Jelly Wares said...

guYUMMO!!!!! Need I say more...

Jodie

nidhi said...

simply delightful!!! really like ur blog... thrs so much to learn here... :)

Lynne said...

Oh these just sound so gorgeous! Im on a diet though so will keep this recipe safe for another time. Thanks for sharing

honey said...

My aunt has been making these for years, also known in my family as "black-bottom cupcakes". And I always thought she invented the recipe! (I did notice at least one variation, though - my recipe calls specifically for apple cider vinegar.)

I love that the cream cheese makes a sort of sink-hole in them. And the chewy/crunchiness of the choc chips after they've been baked in. I make them here in Australia for charity bakesales, and people are always impressed.

jen said...

oh my goodness, those look absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!! i have to try this recipe. thank you so much for posting this.

emily said...

mmmmmm . . . these are my all time favorite cupcakes!! this is what i used to bring to school for my birthday in grade school!! yummy!! they are so yummy reheated in the microwave for a few seconds!!!

Amy said...

I made these this evening because the recipe sounded so simply awesome. I forgot the chocolate chips, though, (oops!) and they were still fantastic—and so easy. Thanks for posting this! I will totally make them again.

j. said...

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe years ago and they are always a hit to take places, like school or work. I'm not as dedicated as you, though...I use Betty C's devil's food cake mix & no pb chips. I'll have to try your version!

pinkalmond said...

oyu brought back memories of my birthdays as a kid. My mom always made these for me!!

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Delly Bean said...

Oh my freaking goodness. I just made your recipe. I'm currently blissed out on chocolaty goodness. You're my biggest hero right now, let me tell you. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

Anonymous said...

update - we made the cupcakes today. they were extreemly easy to make (for a newbie), they came out perfect. and so delisiously gooey (they did not look like a picture, though, they had a perfect smooth top)

Jess said...

I'm glad they turned out well for you guys!

amy said...

i made this this weekend, had people over for dinner and served them for dessert. they were a big hit, and now the office crew is enjoying the few that were left! these rock! seriously!

Sarah In Brooklyn said...

You know what would be good in this recipe? Dare I say it? ORANGE, specifically orange zest or a few drops of orange oil added to the filling. (But if used, I'd leave out the peanut butter chips.) I once added peppermint oil to brownies and that was a big hit, too.
Also, for the vegetable oil (which generally means corn oil), I recommend coconut oil!
I'm not into frosting either -- nice to see someone freely admit that on her blog.

jen said...

well i did indeed try these but i had no muffin tins so i used an 8x8 pan and cooked them for 45 minutes. perfect! they are delicious and the recipe is very easy. i do not like frosting either and the cream cheese is a wonderful 'substitute'. thank you for the recipe!!

Toiling Ant said...

I made this with two alterations: butter instead of oil, and mint chocolate chips instead of plain/peanut butter.

YUMMAY.

Jess said...

Nice.

makakona said...

holy cow. they're in the oven and smell sooooo good! and the batter and raw frosting tasted GREAT! (salmonella be damned!) i have a batch of regular-size for the adults (read: ME!) and a batch of minis for the kids.

Jess said...

Mmm, sounds great! They're even better the next day, or after they cool off, oddly enough. Enjoy!

sprizee said...

I made these and they were delicious!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sprizee/2207820727/

Jess said...

Yay! They look yummy.

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fatma said...

hi,
I tried this recipe last week and took them to a friends gathering, they loved it. One of my friends is a blogger and she wants to put them on her blog( she will refer to your blog, of course)

Just, wanted to thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Best,

Jess said...

No problem!

Kathryn said...

I found your recipe while searching the web for a new chocolate dessert. Served these cupcakes at a dinner party for some choc-o-holic friends and they were a big hit. Extremely easy and very tasty. Thanks so much!

Maggie said...

I just made these for a dinner party and they were a HUGE hit (especially with champagne!). Thanks for sharing!

beazle bean said...

I've made these several times now and they're delicious! Thanks! In the summer I've also made them with fresh blueberries in the cheesecakey bit instead of chocolate chips and was very pleased with the results.

One question: I'm living in the UK now, and the fairy cake tins are, sadly, too shallow to make these properly. Do you think it would work out as a sheet cake?

Jess said...

Um, I think so? Can't hurt to try!

Grace said...

thanks!! super-yum! I made these as mini-cupcakes for my brother's wedding a few days ago, huge hit!!! A friend of mine loved it so much he ate part of the papercup... haha. I baked them for 20 mins instead of 25 as they were mini. You can substitute half of the water with milk for an even richer chocolate, but will only yield 12-14 regular sized cupcakes. Have been asked for the recipe so sending ppl over to your site...

Betty Reid said...

No eggs in the chocolate part? Only in the cheesecake part? Is that correct?

Jess said...

Yep.

The Clever Bit said...

I made these last night, they were delicious. I will not admit how many I've eaten but I will say
that they make a delicious breakfast!

Thanks so much for the recipe.

Ellen said...

Woah! This is an old old recipe I got from my Grandma, it may be slightly different though. They were called farm cakes, it's weirding me out to see these!

Anonymous said...

we call these black bottom cupcakes...only the recipe I have you sprinkle the top with sugar and nuts if you prefer. Love them!

Jenni said...

We have maded these for years we call them Black Bottem Cupcakes and they are a staple for our Christmas Baking... However we make them as mini cupcakes we find the the cream cheese filling can be two much of a good deal & over power the cake...Also they can be topped with chopped walmuts & sugar mixture.

T. said...

I just tried to make these and they didnt turn out at all. I usually have no problem baking but they basically blew up in my oven.. an awful mess.. anyone know what happened?

Jessica Jones said...

Maybe the cups were filled too full? Maybe use less topping? I think I have some left over usually.

Anonymous said...

I made these and they looked horrible. They tasted delicious just were not very presentable

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