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Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

A moist and delicious dark chocolate cupcake recipe that is filled with a cheesecake-like center. A recipe that will be a hit during the holidays and beyond!

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes. A moist dark chocolate cupcake that is filled with a cheesecake-like center. A recipe that will be a hit during the holidays and beyond!

Some of you know that my oldest graduated a year early from high school and is now a college freshman. To say that my daughter and I are close would be an understatement. We have similar personalities and likes including our obsession with coffee, books, and delicious food.

Although I’ve adjusted to the college mom life, I still miss her like crazy and always look forward to her visits. This past weekend she was over for the holiday break, so we whipped up some goodies in the kitchen.

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

We’re the only two in the family that enjoy baking, so this was the perfect way to bond and do something we both love. These cupcakes are so rich and tasty that the one batch we made was not enough.
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We also added some fun Christmas sprinkles to spruce things up a bit and make it festive. This one of those recipes that I don’t make as frequently as some of my other favorite holiday treats, but when I do make these cupcakes they don’t last long at all.
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I’d love for you to try this delicious recipe with your family which is our version of the traditional black bottom cupcakes recip, and let us know how you like it!
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How do you bond with your family during the holiday season? I’d love to hear from you!

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Cupcake Mix –
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Cream Cheese Filling –
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)

Instructions

  1. Beat softened cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt together in a bowl. Add chocolate chips, stir and set aside.
  2. In a different bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Next, add the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Beat well until mixture has no lumps.
  3. Fill cupcake liners about a 1/3 full with cupcake batter.
  4. Add a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture to the batter. We also added holiday sprinkles just for fun.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Place in the refrigerator until cool and serve.
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Pam

Thursday 8th of December 2016

AP flour or self-rising?

Jesenia Montanez

Friday 9th of December 2016

Hi Pam! All-purpose flour is what I used.

Linda Brennen

Thursday 8th of December 2016

I remember getting this recipe from one of my friends back in middle school (early 1970s.)

Jesenia Montanez

Friday 9th of December 2016

That's awesome! I had these for the first time about 15 years ago at a company Christmas party. The only difference is my former co-worker made them with regular cocoa powder and I prefer the Special Dark cocoa powder. I'm also a bit more generous with the vanilla than she was. :)

Stephanie

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

How many does it make

Cheryl

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

Jesenia Montanez

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Hi Cheryl. You should get 24 cupcakes or close to it depending how much batter you add to the cupcake liners.

Debbie

Sunday 4th of December 2016

looks & sounds yummy. how many dies it make so I can get pans prepared? 24? thanks