Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes
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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Kellygurll 15

"Rich chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese and chocolate chip center. Also known as Black Bottom Cupcakes."
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55 m servings 265 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 265 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 12 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.5g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 259 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda. Stir in oil, water, vinegar and vanilla until blended. Pour mixture into prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  3. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, egg, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of the cream cheese mixture into each cupcake. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.


  1. 433 Ratings

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I have made many recipes from AllRecipes, many of them good or great, but this is the first spectacular enough to rate. I will never make cupcakes the "old" way again. The filling is out-of-th...

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Wow. I stayed up late to make these for the bf's birthday tomorrow and I think he's just gonna have to have a birthday sans cake-y dessert. I will not be serving these to anyone. These are truly...

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I have made many recipes from AllRecipes, many of them good or great, but this is the first spectacular enough to rate. I will never make cupcakes the "old" way again. The filling is out-of-th...

Quite a good recipe! The end result is a much more tasty, moist, delicious version of an already good chocolate cupcake. Like others suggested, I hid the filling in the middle by filling the l...

I followed the recipe almost to a "T" - I did add more sugar to the batter as a few reviewers had suggested. Not much more, I just kind of winged it. These did come out very tasty; I like that f...

These cupcakes are awesome. I changed them up a bit by replacing the water with brewed coffee and adding a bit of Baileys mint chocolate to the cream cheese mixture.

These cupcakes were awesome. I didn't think they needed anything to make them sweeter. The ONLY thing I would do different would be to fill the cupcakes only 1/3 of the way, then put the dollo...

Delicious! Make sure you let them sit overnight. Fresh out of the oven doesn't taste too great.

Awesome! I have made these many times---always come out great and I have gotten many complements! Made them for my daughter's 1st Birthday party. I recently made a double layer cake using thi...

Fabulous! I'm 6 months pregnant and these were SOOO yummy!!! The chocolate chips are still soft the next day too, I was afraid they would cool off and become hard again. I cooked mine a little l...

This recipe was fantastic! I made these cupcakes for my partner's birthday at work (they have to take in a cake on their birthday) and he sent me an email after they'd started having them... "y...

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