Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Belated Birthday Black Bottom Cupcakes

I took this photo last week, when the cupcakes were fresh and the weather was mild. I mentioned before that it was Alex’s birthday, and I took requests for what he wanted. In some ways, he’s very predictable, and I knew he wanted black bottom cupcakes. I still asked him, mind you, maybe just to prove that I was right.


I’d never heard of black bottom cupcakes until a few years ago, when my boss would bring them in for food days. These are chocolate cupcakes with a cream cheese center. I actually never had any that she made because I started telecommuting before I had the chance, but I’d hear how popular they were. She shared her recipe with me, and these are delicious and the cake is already vegan. The first time I made this, I called my mom to ask if there should really be vinegar in the recipe. I’ve come a long way.

After my success with the cream cheese frosting on the hummingbird cake, I decided to try using Tofutti for the filling. It came out well, again, even thought I didn’t really do anything except whip up the Tofutti with some sugar.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar


  • I experimented and just took half a tub of Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, softened, and whipped it up with some sugar. I put chocolate chips in half and left half plain.

Mix the cake batter and fill each cupcake cup halfway. The most recent time I made these, I ran out of cup liners (they’re frog princesses) and so I overfilled the cups. Put a spoonful of filling in each.

My boss’s recipe doesn’t say how long to bake them, but I typically put them in at 350F for 12-15 minutes. Yum!


  1. so (except for the cream cheese) people were eating vegan cupcakes?:) thats so cool! my husband is fairly predictable too, and i STILL ask him stuff just like you!lol

  2. Those look so decadent! Alex is one lucky fellow!

  3. Mmm sounds like a sorta devils food cake. Which sounds delish! Beautiful cuppers!

  4. I have a fear of Black Bottom Cupcakes. I made them a verrry long time ago, pregan days, and they stuck to the cups. After that debacle, never again.

  5. So there's cream cheese inside too?

  6. cupcakes.....yum! I've been wanting to make some cupcakes lately, but just haven't had time....maybe some day soon. :o) Yours look great and the cream cheese filling makes it sound even better!

  7. Ah, the days of fresh cupcakes and mild weather...

    They look and sound dangerously good; I've never had the black bottom variety before.

  8. I love cupcakes !
    I love chocolate!
    I love birthdays!

  9. ooo, i love cupcakes with filling.