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Black Bottom Cupcakes

Black bottom cupcakes are chocolate cupcakes with a cheesecake topping and chocolate chips. Unlike other cupcakes, they aren’t frosted – it simply isn’t needed and it would hide their unique look. They come together really easily and are light, fluffy, and not overly sweet. I love serving them at brunch!

Black Bottom Cupcakes in a cupcake tin

I’m not certain when black bottom cupcakes first got their name, but I know that some version of these cupcakes has been around since the 1800s. You may hear them called tuxedo cupcakes or chocolate cream cheese cupcakes.

How to Make Black Bottom Cupcakes

A bunch of black bottom cupcakes

Making black bottom cupcakes is a two-step process. First, you make the chocolate cupcake batter. Then, you make the cream cheese topping.

Making the Cupcake Batter

Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and baking soda) and set them aside.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. This takes about three minutes of beating on high speed with an electric mixer.

Butter and sugar in a KitchenAid mixer

Mix in eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and milk until combined. Any kind of milk will work. Whole milk will be the most rich, but even soy milk or almond milk will be fine. Also, you can substitute sour cream for the yogurt.

Adding milk to batter

Alternately mix in the flour mixture with melted chocolate. I recommend using dark chocolate (chips, a baking bar, or baking discs all will work well when melted).

Tip: The easiest way to to melt chocolate is in the microwave. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between each burst until all of the chocolate is melted.

Adding melted chocolate to batter

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.

Making the Cheesecake Filling

You don’t need an electric mixer to make the cheesecake filling. Use a spoon or spatula to mix together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and chocolate chips. Get it as smooth as you can, but don’t worry if there are some lumps. Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before you begin or it will not mix well.

Chocolate chips being added to cheesecake topping

Top each filled cupcake liner with a heaping tablespoon of the cheesecake filling. The liners will be filled almost to the top.

Prepping black bottom cupcakes for baking

Bake them! They are done when the cheesecake filling just begins to brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Baked black bottom cupcakes

Remove cupcakes from the tins as soon as they are done baking so they can cool. Serve immediately or store at room temperature for up to 3 days, store refrigerated for up to one week, or freeze for months.

Inside of a black bottom cupcake

Variations

My favorite variation of black bottom cupcakes is to use goat cheese instead of the cream cheese (use the same amount). Goat cheese works better than I ever could have dreamed. The tang goes well with the chocolate.

Another variation that I love is to double the topping. If you do that, just fill the cupcake liners halfway so you have room for all the extra topping! You’ll also end up with more cupcakes that way.

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Black Bottom Cupcakes

These black bottom cupcakes are simple and delicious chocolate cupcakes with a cheesecake and chocolate chip topping!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword black bottom cupcake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 22 cupcakes
Calories 269kcal

Ingredients

For cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup whole milk substitute with 2% milk, soy milk, or nut milk
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate melted

For cream cheese topping

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about three minutes using an electric or stand mixer.
  • Beat in eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and milk until blended.
  • Alternately fold in flour mixture and melted chocolate, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  • In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, and egg until smooth.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon one heaping tablespoon of the topping on top of the batter in each cupcake liner.
  • Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

The easiest way to melt the chocolate is the microwave in 20 second bursts. Stir between each burst until the chocolate is completely melted.
If needed, you can substitute sour cream for the yogurt.
You can also replace the dark chocolate in the cupcakes and topping with semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Black Bottom Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 129mg 5%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 19g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7.6%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 9.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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23 comments on “Black Bottom Cupcakes”

  1. Jodisays:

    This looks really yum!

  2. Amandasays:

    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. Stevesays:

    Wow, these look good!

  4. Nevissays:

    Sounds delightful!

  5. bodelousays:

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

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

  7. Patricesays:


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

  8. Ivysays:


    These look sooo cool and delicious.
    I soooo voted 5 stars for you!

  9. 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.

  10. Jamiesays:

    I made these earlier this afternoon and they are delicious!

  11. Rosasays:

    Whoa! Great idea!

  12. Sarasays:

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

  13. bodelousays:

    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.

  14. Aggiesays:

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

  15. Lisasays:

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. Shelleysays:

    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! :)

  19. Stefsays:

    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!

  20. Laurensays:

    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!

  21. Stefsays:

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

  22. Angelasays:

    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!

  23. Corrinesays:

    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!

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