Black Bottom Cupcakes With Goat Cheese | Cupcake Project

Black Bottom Cupcakes With Goat Cheese

Black bottom cupcakes are typically made with cream cheese. However, for a Cupcake Project twist, I made my black bottom cupcakes with goat cheese. I wondered if goat cheese would work well on black bottom cupcakes. Would they be too sour? Would the consistency be right?

The goat cheese worked better than I ever could have dreamed. The consistency and sweetness were perfect and the cupcakes had a slight tang that had me wanting more and more. As for the chocolate cupcake part of the recipe, it’s light and fluffy and not overly sweet. This isn’t a rich dessert, but it would be a perfect breakfast cupcake – perhaps for a Mother’s Day brunch!

The recipe is simple (you don’t even need to make frosting) and it is one that I would definitely make again and again (if I weren’t always trying new cupcakes).

If these black bottom cupcakes sound good to you, please vote for them in the Ile de France recipe contest. Pretty please with some goat cheese on top? 😉 It just takes two seconds – you go to the link and then click five stars (or whatever number of stars you want to give).

Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe


Black Bottom Cupcakes With Goat Cheese

Yield: This recipe makes about 18 cupcakes.

Black Bottom Cupcakes With Goat Cheese


    For cake
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 3/4 C butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 C plain yogurt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 5 oz baking chocolate, melted
  • For goat cheese topping
  • 8 oz goat cheese (I used Ile de France goat cheese, but any non-flavored goat cheese would work)
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and milk until blended.
  4. Alternately fold in flour mixture and melted chocolate, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  6. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for the goat cheese topping.
  7. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the topping onto the center of each cupcake.
  8. Bake at 350 F for thirty minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
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13 Responses to Black Bottom Cupcakes With Goat Cheese

  1. Jodi May 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    This looks really yum!

  2. Amanda May 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    I have all the ingredients for this cupcake except for the goat’s cheese. Maybe I should spring these on the family this weekend. :)

  3. Steve May 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    Wow, these look good!

  4. Nevis May 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Sounds delightful!

  5. bodelou May 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    holy shit. pardon me but you just combined my two favorite things. goat cheese and cupcakes. im going to try them. tomorrow.

  6. Mermaid Sweets May 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    Oh, I would have loved these, was a goat cheese fanatic in my lactose tolerating days. Love your creativity.

  7. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) May 6, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    This is brilliant. I have never thought to add goat’s cheese to a muffin/cupcake. Funny that one of my favorites is a sharp cheese with a muffin- just never thought to mix the two together right in the baking process. Great inspiration.

  8. Patrice May 6, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    These got 5 stars from me! I can’t wait to try them, they look SOOO good!

  9. Ivy May 6, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    These look sooo cool and delicious.
    I soooo voted 5 stars for you!
    I hope you win. :)

  10. Anonymous May 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    hey. you are double posting!! for votes!!! naughty girl— i do not reading things twice.

  11. Stef May 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Anon – Actually, one post was about the cheese itself and one was about the cupcakes. This is no different than how I typically do things. Sorry if you don’t like that style.

  12. Jamie May 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I made these earlier this afternoon and they are delicious!

  13. Rosa May 8, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Whoa! Great idea!

  14. Sara May 8, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    I love the idea of goat cheese in black bottom cupcakes!

  15. bodelou May 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    i was thinking about these all day… so i went ahead and made them. they are in the oven and i cant wait to indulge.

  16. Aggie May 11, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Oh my…would I love one of these! Great recipe!!

  17. Lisa May 13, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    These are gorgeous little cakes and, as usual, your twist is so intriguing I have to try it!

  18. nattnightly May 15, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    I made a batch of these for my co-workers, and now the whole office is raving! GREAT cupcakes!

  19. Alana @ springpad May 27, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    I’m so glad someone else loves black bottom cupcakes. Whenever I mention them, people have no idea what I’m talking about. They’re really popular in Baltimore, where I’m from, but all of my friends up in Boston (where I go to school) have never heard of them!

  20. Shelley June 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    I just popped my goat cheese cupcakes in the oven! I’m so excited, I have been dying to make this recipe. A note on the proportions though:

    I followed the recipe to a T and it yielded 22 cupcakes, not 18. Also, at 2 tbsp portions of goat cheese topping per cupcake I only had enough for 12 cupcakes. I had to whip up some extra, and the little more I had to make on the fly did not look so hot. I think the recipe would be just fine with one tbsp. of topping per cupcake.

    Can’t wait to sink my teeth into one! :)

  21. Stef June 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    I don’t know what it is with number of cupcakes. I never end up with the number of cupcakes a recipe says and everyone else seems to have that problem as well. Sorry you didn’t have enough filling. I’m sure other readers will appreciate the tip!

    Hope you love them!

  22. Lauren May 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    As luck would have it I just bought a huge hunk of goat cheese today at the store! I can’t wait to make these delicious treats! Yum!

  23. Stef May 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    Lauren – Enjoy! These cupcakes are some of my favorites!

  24. Angela October 1, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I just made these today, doubling the goat cheese filling, and wound up with 24 amazing cupcakes. I’ve somehow been managing to restrain myself from “testing” one…but I can’t wait to try them, just based on the spatulas I licked!

  25. Corrine December 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Made these for Christmas morning last year and they were a big hit. Thanks for the super creative use of goat cheese! Last year mine turned out a little on the dry side for me – do you think adding a little cream or more yogurt would help? Thanks a million!

  26. Stef December 20, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Corrine – You could certainly try that. Even just a little warm water mixed in at the very end might help.

  27. a February 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I made a version of goat cheese cupcakes last night (before I saw your great post). I’m wondering how a dollop of raspberry preserves would go somewhere in that cupcake. Maybe drizzled underneath the goat cheese or maybe swirled through the goat cheese. Now you might have to make them again.

  28. Erica April 15, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Prettiest black bottom cupcakes I’ve seen on Foodgawker! Could I sub cream cheese for goat cheese?

    • Stef April 15, 2012 at 4:33 am #

      Thanks! Sure, that would not be a problem.


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