Black bottom surprise cupcakes

Black bottom surprise cupcakes


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About this recipe: Easy to make but unbelievably impressive! These chocolate cupcakes have a secret - a cream cheese surprise in the centre! No need for icing these cupcakes; they're rich and delicious as is.


Serves: 24 

  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 250ml water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 225g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 175g plain chocolate chips

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line two 12 cup muffin tins with paper cases. Sift together the flour, bicarb, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 200g sugar, oil and water until blended. Stir in the vinegar and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture until incorporated. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, egg, 5 tablespoons sugar and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill muffin cases 1/3 full with chocolate cake mixture, 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.

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