Black Bottom Cupcakes

  • Black Bottom Cupcakes

    Recipe is supposed to make 30, but I usually can't get more than 2 dozen out of it.

    Cheese Topping

    1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 egg, unbeaten
    1/3 cup sugar
    8 ounces chocolate bits

    Optional:
    1/2 cup chopped pecans (I toast them first in the oven at 350
    for about 10 minutes, then chop them for a nice flavor)

    Chocolate Cake

    2 1/4 cups flour
    1 2/3 cups sugar
    1/3 cup cocoa
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups cold water
    1/2 cup oil
    1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

    Preheat oven to 350. For Cheese Topping: Blend first four
    ingredients. Add chocolate bits and nuts (if desired). Set aside.

    For Cakes: Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, and salt into a bowl. Make a hole in the center of sifted ingredients and put in water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well (I usually use a whisk and it works great).

    Fill paper muffin liners to 2/3 full with cake batter. Top, in center,
    with 1 Tablespoon cheese mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes. Before the filling sets, I garnish the tops with a sliver of pecan to let people know there are nuts inside, in case all the filling sinks inside and you can't tell!

    Source: DDJ-- GND, 04-23-04