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Black Bottom Cupcakes aka Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

These Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes are rich and so delicious.  Chocolate and cream cheese are a match made in heaven!

These cupcakes my friends, are the ultimate holiday indulgence! What’s better than a rich chocolate cupcake with a creamy cream cheese filling?! My mom started making these years ago, and now Christmas just isn’t the same if there aren’t any Black Bottom Cupcakes on the treat plate!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

These cupcakes also great because you can make them ahead of time, and keep them in your freezer until you are ready to serve. Just bring them out about an hour or so before you want to devour them! (We actually like them even more when they are a tiny bit cold).


Black Bottom Cupcakes

These Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes are rich and so delicious.  Chocolate and cream cheese are a match made in heaven!

  • Yield: 15 cupcakes 1x



Step #1: Cream cheese topping

  • 18 oz package cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Step #2: Chocolate cupcake batter

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Step #1 – Cream cheese topping:

  1. With an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, egg and sugar. Mix until it is smooth.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and combine.
  3. Set aside.

Step #2 – Chocolate cupcake batter:

  1. Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, soda and salt.
  2. Combine water, oil, vinegar and vanilla, then add to the dry mixture.
  3. Mix well, until the batter is smooth.

Step #3: Filling the Muffin Cups & Baking

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper muffing cups.
  3. Fill the muffin cups with the chocolate cupcake batter about 1/3 to 1/2 full.
  4. Then drop a large spoonful of the cheese mix on top.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.


Don’t be tempted to eat them when they are warm! They need a few hours to sit to let the flavour settle in! Even better? Wait until the next day!

(Recipe from the Best of Bridge)

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Seriously sooooo good!

And how about some fun?! In honour of keeping it real here, this is what food styling really looks like in my house.  For reals.

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    December 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    YUMMMM!! Hahaaaaa I love the keepin it real part! Love that you shared that!

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    The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥
    December 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    this gets the YUMMY IN MY TUMMY rating!!!! it looks divine and it tastes just as good i am sure! thank you for sharing this delight with us! hugs…

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    December 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Ha ha! Love this – for a few reasons. First, I thouhght when I saw that initial photo – wow, great shot! Secondly, the recipe sounds fantastic (so thanks). And third, I LOVE the keeping it real shot and the fact that you are obv. not afraid to share – and hop on furniture! Cool to see the little staged shot over in the corner. I see how you got the neat perspective and love the little fern and how it adds some greenery to the ‘after’ image of the cupcake :).

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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    December 13, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Yummo!!! Those look soo good, Jo-Anna. I should try those. I love anything with cream cheese.

    Great shot of your space. I think we all appreciate the “keepin’ it real” pics. : )

    ~ Catie

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    North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard
    December 13, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing “the real” part, Joanna, as I just blogged about that the other day …. lol. Absolutely love the behind the scenes reality, as it makes it “real” then does it not?

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    December 14, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    These are just the yummiest! please, please bring me some 🙂 this shot of your kitchen makes me miss you all!

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    Ali Richardson
    December 14, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    Ha ha, I LOVE IT!!! That cuold have been a picture of my own home almost any day of the week 🙂

    Um…those cupcakes look DANGEROUS!

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    December 14, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    Ooh, that picture on top is so drool-worthy!

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    December 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    WOW! Don’t those look absolutely scrumptious! Pinned this recipe for sure and I can’t wait to give thema try. BTW, love the “real” photo you included. I’m glad your house looks like mine!

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    The Arizona Russums
    December 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    My mom used to make BB cupcakes too and I haven’t had them for years! Might have to make these next week when my parents come to town!

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    December 20, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    These cupcakes look divine, and I just bought some pretty cupcake liners! I love the keeping it real photo; that’s usually what it looks like around our house.

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    December 21, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    I’m so glad you shared the picture of your house – I thought I was the only one! When I’m styling for a party shoot – the laundry is in piles, the sink is full of dishes, the kids are in their underwear and supplies are everywhere! 🙂

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    Kelly @ View Along the Way
    December 10, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    OMG. These look dangerous! As in, I could eat them ALL. Right now. 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to the holiday heirloom recipe party!

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    December 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    My daughters will LOVE these!

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    December 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Love it they look so yummy! Love the keeping real photo too!

    My Little Blue designs – Etsy

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    November 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I have never heard of someone else besides me actually making these! But I usually make them for superbowl….that’s our tradition.
    Nice photos 🙂

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      November 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Aren’t they the best?! We love them SO much! Enjoy!

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    Gwen Wiseman
    June 1, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    I just made these and they are in the oven! I only made 12. How many do you normally get when you make them? ?

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      June 1, 2019 at 4:25 PM

      Hi Gwen! I make mine a little bigger than I used to and usually get 15 cupcakes.

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