Made-from-scratch chocolate cupcakes with a great cream cheese surprise!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 cupcakes
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12 cup muffin pans with paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, oil and water until blended. Stir in the vinegar and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture until incorporated. Set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup sugar and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  • Fill muffin cups 1/3 full with chocolate batter, then top with a heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 22.4g; fat 8.9g; cholesterol 18mg; sodium 145mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2004
I made this in cake form without altering quantities. I baked it in a glass 9.5 x 11. It was delicious. I put all the chocolate batter in the bottom and poured all the cream cheese mixture on top. Then I took a greased knife and cut through it many times creating a marble like effect on the top. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/19/2007
As I sit in my burnt cocoa/coffee smelling house, I can't help remembering how happy I was this morning as I shopped for all the wonderful ingredients to make these cupcakes. Followed the recipe EXACTLY - except for using coffee for water. The batter flowed up and out of the tins...all over the bottom of my oven, then burnt all over my pans, which will have to be thrown out. After 30 minutes - tar-like consistency - same after 35 minutes. WHAT a waste! Now I need to go buy a dessert, because these were to be a "bring the dessert" dish. Maybe I'll also bring one pan of the mess just so everyone can know that I tried, and they should not! Read More
(36)
156 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 110
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2004
I made this in cake form without altering quantities. I baked it in a glass 9.5 x 11. It was delicious. I put all the chocolate batter in the bottom and poured all the cream cheese mixture on top. Then I took a greased knife and cut through it many times creating a marble like effect on the top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2005
I was initially disappointed with these cupcakes - they weren't as rich and gooey as I would have liked. HOWEVER LETTING THESE SIT OVERNIGHT IS A MUST. The next day they were rich moist and much more flavorful. I downed three of them before I could stop myself! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2007
This is the same recipe my mom used when I was a kid, it's delish. Don't cook for 35 minutes as the recipe states at the bottom though or they'll be overdone, I suggest checking them at 20 minutes, that's when mine are perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2010
These are my husband's all time favorite cupcakes, and I decided to make them for his birthday. I definitely wanted a rich, dark, chocolate cake for these - so here's what I did: I used 1/2 c. of Hershey's cocoa, 1 Tbsp. of pure vanilla, and replaced the water with strong brewed coffee. I didn't change a thing with the cream cheese mixture except to add a little vanilla and make sure that the cream cheese and egg were at room temp. just as you do with cheese cakes. I used foil baking cups to bake these and got 18 cupcakes. Watch carefully - mine were done in 20 minutes. Cool and store in the fridge as they're best the next day. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/19/2007
As I sit in my burnt cocoa/coffee smelling house, I can't help remembering how happy I was this morning as I shopped for all the wonderful ingredients to make these cupcakes. Followed the recipe EXACTLY - except for using coffee for water. The batter flowed up and out of the tins...all over the bottom of my oven, then burnt all over my pans, which will have to be thrown out. After 30 minutes - tar-like consistency - same after 35 minutes. WHAT a waste! Now I need to go buy a dessert, because these were to be a "bring the dessert" dish. Maybe I'll also bring one pan of the mess just so everyone can know that I tried, and they should not! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2006
These are a hit everywhere I take them. I use the foil instead of the paper liners which help prevent the cupcake from sticking. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2008
These were yummy! I had no idea it was so easy to make cupcakes without using a mix. I'll never go back! Some observations: (1) The cake part is a little bland - not sure what to do, maybe add more cocoa powder? I would like them to have been more chocolaty so as to contrast with the cream cheese part. (2) Not very pretty... maybe next time I'd try piping the cream cheese mixture in? I thought the black and white parts would magically melt into something beautiful, but they looked like the same messy blobs of white they were when I spooned them in! (3) This recipe does in fact yield 24 cupcakes if you follow the recipe as it's written. I filled the cups up 1/3 of the way with the cake mix and then added a heaping spoonful of the cream cheese mixture and came out with exactly 24 cupcakes, none of which flowed over as others experienced. The cake with rise a good amount and 1/3 full is just right. With some tweaks I will certainly make these again. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2007
I don't know if my rating of this is entirely fair since I used a diff. cake recipe for the "black bottom" part and I must say in doing so I didn't have any trouble with them sticking to the papers. I can see why the recipe only wants you to fill the lines 1/3 full of batter they rise so much! I probably used 2-3 tablespoons of cream cheese per each (using the ziploc bag sugg) and a spoonful of cherry pie filling on the very top before baking. It not only makes them delicious but very pretty too. Will make again for sure as everyone was impressed only next time I will double the cream cheese mixture and make 24 cupcakes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2006
My mom made these when I was a child. She put them in the mini muffin tins and they were alway the "wow who made these" at any function. One of my friends uses them in her bakery/catering business and they are the best sellers. The chocolate portion is soooo rich and chocolatey. My favorite sweet recipe. Just AWESOME! Read More
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