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The Ultimate Black Bottom Cupcake

by on March 10, 2010 · 31 comments

This morning’s big goal was to come up with the ultimate Black Bottom Cupcake recipe.  I’m not sure it’s the “ultimate”  but it’s a pretty decent hybrid. It’s a combination of Magnolia Bakery’s and Cook’s Country’s recipe.


As mentioned earlier, the problem I had with the Cook’s Country recipe was that the pretty white filling sank down into the cupcake.  And while the cross section looked great, the top didn’t have enough white on it.

The problem with the Magnolia cupcake, and in hindsight it really wasn’t a problem just a nitpick, was that the yolk in the cheese filling/topping made the topping brown a little bit too much.

Combining the two recipes resulted in a fairly white top which didn’t sink plus a very flavorful cake base (Magnolia’s). If you try it, let me know. The only problem with the recipe is that you might have a little filling left over.

One more note. I don’t like the way those mini chocolate chips feel in my mouth so I’m going to stick with normal size chocolate chips. They didn’t cause any sinkage and using normal size lets you choose from a wider variety of chocolate chip brands.

The name of this recipe is a tribute to my recipe naming hero Felix K.Anna G.’s “Don’t Even Try to Tell Me There’s a Better Black Bottom Cupcake Out There Because If You Do I’m Going To Put My Hands Over My Ears and Go MEOW MEOW MEOW And Not Even Attempt To Read Your Lips!” Black Bottom Cupcakes

Just Kidding.

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The Ultimate Black Bottom Cupcake
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My favorite recipe for cupcakes with cream cheese and chocolate chips
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
  • 16-oz cream cheese, cool room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup miniature or regular size chocolate chips – or however many you want
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (7.9 oz)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder – Hershey’s Dark
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and salt until smooth. Add the egg whites and stir or beat on low speed just until mixed; stir in the sour cream and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl.
  4. In the actual mixing bowl, beat together the oil and sugar. You can do this with a whisk, spoon or hand-held mixer.
  5. Mix together the buttermilk and vanilla. Add the buttermilk/vanilla mixture and the flour alternately to the sugar/oil mixture. Stir until smooth – be careful not to overbeat.
  6. Divide the chocolate batter evenly among the muffin tins. Spoon large tablespoonfuls of cream cheese batter over the chocolate batter. You should have some cream cheese batter leftover.
  7. Bake on center rack for about 25 minutes. Let cool in cupcake pan for 30 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator to chill. Makes 18

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Published on March 10, 2010

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Jessica @ How Sweet March 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I am absolutely drooling over this! It looks so delicious!

Katy Glass March 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

If you ever need good mini chocolate chips, King Arthur sells Guittard mini chips and they’re delicious. The Nestle are bland and waxy.

Heidi March 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Anna – I made your one-bowl cocoa brownies for like the 3rd time for a potluck thing and let me tell you – THEY ROCK. I love that they make a huge 9×13 batch. I love that you can throw in whatever you like – peanut butter, chocolate chips, nuts – whatever. And everybody can’t stop eating them. I’ve become a brownie rockstar. They are SO easy and so cheap! I can’t afford to melt a ton of chocolate bars right now, but I can afford cocoa powder. Thanks!

Karen March 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Love the name! I haven’t made black bottoms in a long time so I think I’ll give these a try. I love that the recipe uses egg whites, I’m always happy for uses for leftover egg whites!

dawn March 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

anna, don’t think I’ve ever made these before, maybe a cheesecake form at some point. but they do look good.
i just posted yet another batch of the Levain Bakery clone–i’m obsessed with them anna, help me. lol

Sue March 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

They look fabulous, and I love the name! :-)

dani March 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm

when i was reading your post yesterday i was thinking “why don’t we just put the best parts of these two recipes togehter?”

i guess great minds think alike LOL :)

C L March 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I have a ladies potluck to attend next month…the “whatever-shall-I-take?” mystery has been solved by Anna G! I too love the name of these cupcakes, especially the MEOW MEOW MEOW part! I thought I was the only person who does that. LOL ;)

Katrina March 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Awesome name, awesome work. They look like a fancy tuxedo or something! ;)

heide m March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Those cupcakes sound yummy.

Jennifer March 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

Wow, those look delicious! I have a party to attend this weekend, so now I have a dliemma, I was planning on taking RR peanut butter fudge chunk (or whatever that is called) chocolate-y peanut butter-y things, but those look so good, I’m considering taking your black bottom cupcakes.

Debbie March 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

Those cupcakes look fantastic! I am going to have to give these a try….so delicious looking!

Angela March 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I LOVE the name, haha! These look delish! I’ve never even thought about making black bottom cupcakes before…

Ok, so I have a question for you. I read your blog all the time, along with some other foodie sites as well. I just wondering what you guys do with all the sweets you bake- does your family eat them? Do you make smaller portions? Or do you usually end up bringing them to events?

I ask because I love to bake, yet after a few recipes I end up with a freezer full of baked goods. I give some to my boyfriend, and bring a few goodies to events, but I still end up with extras! (and sometimes I get weird looks when I show up to meetings for campus organizations with cookies. But seriously, who doesn’t want a surprise cookie?!…)

Seana March 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I look forward to reading your blog every single day – thank you for sharing all of your delicious recipes with us. And that cookie name is hilarious, thanks for the laugh!

Gwen March 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I find it interesting that one of your requirements for this cupcake is that the cream cheese shows on the top… I have a very similar recipe that I made frequently as a kid and the cream cheese sunk – on purpose. They were called “goofy cupcakes” and the cream cheese bit was supposed to be a surprise so a filling that sunk just to the middle of the cupcake was considered perfect. Then they got frosted with chocolate icing so that no one knew, until they took a bite, that they weren’t just plain ol’ chocolate cupcakes.

Anna March 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

Gwen, I would love the “goofy cupcakes”. I guess my problem with these sinking is that they’re almost too rich to be frosted. Since they’re too rich to be frosted, the filling sinks into the middle and leaves kind of a little depression in the top. I wonder if your old goofy cupcakes are as rich as this one? I’m trying to imagine what these would be like frosted.

Nyssa March 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Hi Anna!

I made your Ultimate Black Bottom Cupcakes yesterday and let me tell you *sing song voice* AMAZING! I swear they taste better the next day, I think it’s because the cheesecake flavour develops a bit more overnight.

I ended up making a batch of your One Bowl Cocoa Brownies and used the leftover cheesecake to swirl through. OMG, tastagasm….

So keep up the excellent work!!

Maddie March 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Anna, I made these last night and my roommates loved them. We are in the middle of final exams, so these were the perfect treat. I used all the cream cheese mixture and they turned out great.

Whitney March 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I made these cupcakes, but the cream cheese filling didn’t sink! It stayed right on top and cracked as they cupcakes cooked…any ideas why? Still delicious though!

Sandi April 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I just love the look of these. I have to bake cupcakes for a bridging event for Girl Scouts and we always have the same old ones.Well let me tell you, the girls will all have brownie lips this year..>LOL SANDI.

Anna April 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Nyssa, sorry I am just now responding to your comment but THANKS for the review. I am happy you tested my hybrid version and liked it.

Maddie, ditto!

Whitney, did you use a lower fat cream cheese? I’m glad the black bottom cupcakes were delicious anyway, but that’s interesting that the top didn’t sink even a little. Mine sunk a little, as opposed to when I made the Cook’s Country recipe and the filling sunk a lot.

Sandi, good luck with your bridging. I think Fuzz will be doing that next year when she goes from Brownie to Junior.

Rebecca April 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Anna — I made these last week and they were AMAZING (even without the chocolate chips). I had to put them in the freezer to keep from eating them all. I hope to blog about them soon, but just wanted to drop you a note to say amazing recipe!

Sue September 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

I made these cupcakes for my son’s b’day. I gave him a couple of choices to choose from. Everyone loved the cupcakes!!
Now I want to try my old recipe and do a comparison.
Next week it’s the CI recipe with the ganache!

Andrea December 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm

can see why these made the 2010 top ten! how would you adjust the baking time to use a mini cupcake pan? thanks!

Melanie June 2, 2011 at 1:10 am

I made these today I chose this recipe simply because of the picture they are just beautiful and I’m happy to say they were a huge hit I made sone with frosting, some with chocolate ganache drizzle and left some plain they tasted and looked great thanks for sharing

Melanie October 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Hi I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for posting this recipe but mostly thank you for doing all of the work for us and coming up with tje besy black botyoms ever. Just like the Melanie before me I chosr this tecipe purely on looks alone I’m a bit of a presentation snob. I’ve made the several times and have been told by all who have tried them that they are the best cupcakes they’ve ever had. Thanks again.

Anna October 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Thanks for the review, Melanie. I should name the cupcakes “Melanies” or something. Again, thanks for the review :)

Bethany December 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Made these tonight- they are definitely ULTIMATE. We have a local bakery that makes yummy ones and I have tried several recipes to make them like the bakery. I no longer have to look- this recipe is perfect! Thank you!!

Anna December 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks for the review, Bethany! Whenever I take these to places, people ask for the recipe. The only reminder I give people is to be careful and really aerate the flour before measuring.

jim kempee November 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

i have not had a blackbottom since our best friend died of cancer. he dee i wil make him some for christmas for you.miss you.

Gabrielle April 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I just made these and they look and taste awesome! I decided to mix some extra chocolate chips into the chocolate cake batter, and I liked the way it turned out. I plan on replacing the vegetable oil with butter next time to make the cake a little more rich and moist, and using closer to 2 or 3 tablespoons of cream cheese batter for each cupcake instead of just 1 (I probably failed to mix my batter to the right consistency, so it didn’t sink much & there wasn’t enough of it in the cakes for my taste). This is definitely a great recipe!

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