Grandma Nancy's Cookbook

Black Bottom Cupcakes

12 cupcakes



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8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1 large egg, at room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup brown sugar packed

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

2/3 cup granulated sugar


1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup water


1 tablespoon white vinegar


PREHEAT:Bake to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.

1. FILLING: Beat together the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium bowl on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and no lumps remain, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.

2. BATTER: Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl.

3. ADD: the oil, the remaining teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 cup water and mix until combined. Let the batter rest 10 minutes at room temperature, then stir in the vinegar.

4. Divide the chocolate batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Drop about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling in the center of each cupcake.

5. Bake until the cream cheese filling has set and a toothpick inserted into the chocolate cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

6. Cool in the tin 5 minutes and then use a butter knife or small offset spatula to carefully remove the cupcakes to a wire rack.

7 Cool the cupcakes completely before serving, about 30 minutes.

12 cupcakes



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