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Frosted Black Bottom Cupcakes

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I dug out my mom’s old, tried and true recipe fo rich, moist and delicious Black Bottom Cupcakes with a dreamy cream cheese filling. Then I  jazzed them up with a delectable Cream Cheese Frosting. 

These gems were called “Filled Rich Chocolate Cupcakes” back in the 70’s, but no matter the name, they’re still finger lickin’ good! 

Frosted Black Bottom Cupcakes on a white tray


Frosted Black Bottom Cupcakes

I’ve been making these black bottom cupcakes since high school, and even some Mini Black Bottom Brownie Bites for a luncheon a few years back. I just love the unexpected surprise of sweet cream cheese filling when taking that first bite. And adding a swirl of cream cheese frosting was the perfect way to push these gems over the top.

The delectable filling is just a mixture of cream cheese, sugar plus an egg. Adding a few mini chocolate chips helped play off the cocoa in the cupcakes. And who isn’t in favor of more chocolate!???

I’d never added frosting to my black bottom cupcakes before, but this was a game changer. Whether cream cheese or a chocolate buttercream, these gems will now always be served with frosting at our house. But, if you’re so inclined, they’re pretty darn tasty without icing, too. The additional layer of decadence made for an exquisite dessert!

Frosted Black Bottom Cupcakes on a ceramic tray with red handled forks

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Used in This Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe:

Frosted Black Bottom Cupcakes

Frosted Black Bottom Cupcakes

Cocoa Cupcakes with a chocolate chip studded cream cheese filling and a swirl of dreamy cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 27



  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Imperial Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups Imperial sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (white or cider)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2-3 cups Imperial powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners (you may need a third muffin tin because this batch can make up to 28 cupcakes). Preheat oven to 350º.

In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, egg and salt until creamy.  Mix in chocolate chips by hand. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla and beat on medium speed with hand mixer for 2 minutes, scraping sides and bottom of bowl, until combined.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with cake batter. Spoon 1 level tablespoon of cream cheese into the center of each cupcake.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool.

Make frosting by beating the butter and cream cheese until smooth. add 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until combined. If your frosting is too thin, add up to another 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

Pipe frosting on cooled cupcakes.


For Halloween, you can color the cream cheese with 4 drops of yellow food coloring and 3 drops of red food coloring.

For Valentine's day, add 4-5 drops of red food coloring.

If you're looking for a moist, delicious egg-free chocolate cupcake, just eliminate the filling and bake for a little less time than called for in this recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 239mg Carbohydrates: 65g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 51g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g


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25 comments on “Frosted Black Bottom Cupcakes”

  1. So beautiful and I really love the colour contrast of dark chocolate and white cream cheese frosting.

  2. I see you took right after your mom in the cooking world she sure knew how to make some amazing treats and this one is exceptional great job!

  3. This has my name on it!! Looks divine!! 🙂

  4. I’ll eat these any way to want to serve them, Liz! They are gorgeous looking cupcakes and I loving the sound of that cream cheese filling!

  5. Baked cream cheese is a favourite for sure! Love that it’s surprise when you bite into it. Chocolate cupcakes are dreamy!

  6. Just looking at your photo makes me hungry …!

  7. I know the cupcakes are delicious, Liz! My recipe for them is similar. Yours are decorated so pretty and I’m sure they disappear quickly!

  8. I loved your artical and website

  9. These look so good! Love the filling, and the frosting adds such a nice touch, and of course the chips!

  10. Very pretty! No doubt they are wonderful:@)

  11. These are wonderful looking cupcakes. Yum!

  12. These look like chocolate cupcake perfection!! Yum! XOXO

  13. Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious!

  14. These cupcakes are the bomb! Simple yet perfect flavor combination. Impeccably decorated, too!

  15. Love the idea about changing the filling color to fit the holiday theme.

  16. They look delicious. Wish I had one right now. Big sign.

  17. Chocolate, cream cheese, and chocolate chips. These are a few of my favorite things! Now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

  18. A chocoholic’s dream come true! I love them 😉

  19. I love the richness of these cupcakes – a true treat for any chocolate lover!

  20. YUM! I have to try it soon 🙂

  21. Hi Liz
    I was browsing your site for cupcakes and this one caught my eye. For several reasons. The vinegar in the batter reminds me of my first chocolate cake recipe I ever made as a child. I loved that cake. And of course that cream cheese frosting. I made these today for a party and they’re absolutely fab. Thanks for a great recipe.

  22. This is heavenly! So chocoaltely and delicious with the cream cheese!

  23. Anything chocolate is a winner!

  24. My kids loved these cupcakes! They can’t wait for me to make it again!

  25. Ohhh these turned out so moist and delicous! Definitely a keeper!

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