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Black-Bottom Cupcakes

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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 Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Cooling time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 217
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


  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two standard muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Note: This recipe can be halved to make only 12 cupcakes.
Nutritional values are based on one cupcake


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.7mg