Thursday, June 16, 2011

Black Bottom Cupcakes

We've had a cool spell so I have been baking and whipping up meals for the freezer.  My oldest boy is off at Scout camp and I thought I would surprise him with some goodies.  No one is complaining. 

They love helping in the kitchen and taste testing.

These little cupcakes are a favorite among my boys.  I found the recipe in an old cookbook that my neighbor gave me.  I like the fact that I can make a lot in one batch.  I don't frost these chocolate guys, because the filling nestled inside is sweet.  I had a few blocks of cream cheese that needed to be used before they expired and I thought I would indulge the children's sweet tooth.

Black Bottom Cupcakes
3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cocoa
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
2 c. water
2/3 c. oil
2 T. vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla

1 8 oz. cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
6 oz. chocolate chips

Mix the filling ingredients in a small bowl.  I soften the cream cheese before I combine them.

Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, and salt.  Add the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. 

Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.  Fill the cups 1/3 - 1/2 full. 

Add a dollop of cream cheese filling, approximately 1 teaspoon. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  I am able to get between 24 and 36 cupcakes.