Black-Bottom Cupcakes

Classic black-bottom cupcakes - super moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a cheesecake filling and mini chocolate chips. The best of both worlds!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Cooling time 5 minutes
Total 1 hour
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 217 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • cup miniature chocolate chips

For the Cupcake Batter:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
US Customary - Metric


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two standard muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Make the Cheesecake Filling: In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and salt on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Beat in the egg whites and sour cream until combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips using a rubber spatula; set aside.
  3. Make the Cupcake Batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center, and add the sour cream, water, butter and vanilla extract, and whisk until just combined.
  4. Divide the cupcake batter evenly among the 24 liners and top each cupcake with 1 rounded tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture. Bake until the tops of the cupcakes just begin to crack, 23 to 25 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Recipe Notes

Note: This recipe can be halved to make only 12 cupcakes.

Nutritional values are based on one cupcake

Nutrition Facts
Black-Bottom Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 204mg9%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.