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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

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!

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(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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  1. 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 :).

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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 🙂

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