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Black Bottom Cupcakes

You must be wondering what is "Black Bottom" cupcakes? Something black ingredients in it? Or black colour part at the bottom of cupcakes? In fact, they’re like rich fudge cupcakes at the bottom with cream cheese in the top middle. In order to participate TorviewTotonto's Black food palette's series event, I indeed cracking my head to think about what food or baking stuff is black?? Hence, I improvised this Black Bottom Cupcakes with charcoal powder mix with dark chocolate powder for this base cakes part. For your information, this original black bottom cupcake solely using cocoa powder as the base cake even though its name yields "Black"in it.

These cupcakes were dense, moist, very chocolaty and coffee taste (as I sprinkle some black coffee powder on top for decoration purposes). The filling was good too. It had more cream cheese and less egg than some other recipes, so the cream cheese  part of the cupcake was dense without being eggy.

My recipe is adapted one from Cook’s Country Cookbook

12 oz cream cheese, not softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp charcoal  powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1teaspoon coffee powder (decor)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin tins with paper cups.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat the cold cream cheese until fairly smooth. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg and beat until incorporated.Set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, cocoa, charcoal powder, baking soda and salt; mix well set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together the vegetable oil and sugar – I did this with a hand-held electric mixer, but a whisk would probably be fine. The mixture was kind of thick and grainy and didn’t hold a lot of air.
  5. Mix the buttermilk and vanilla together in a cup, then add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the oil mixture alternately, stirring rather than beating, until flour is incorporated.
  6. Divide the chocolate batter evenly among the muffins tins and top with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture, sprinkle black coffee powder as decoration.
  7. Bake in preheated oven on center for 28-30 minutes. Cool at room temperature for about half an hour and then chill until very cold.
I'm submitting this recipe to Food palette series


kok chuan said…
I missed out the chance to try this. But they look very rich and moist.
ann low said…
WOW Han Ker, this looks special. You're very creative. Love it!
Hankerie said…
@ BB: Yeah, I think you've missed out the chance as your gogo already finished it.

@ Ann: Thanks, dear. I also love your creative idea of black sesame cake.
Torviewtoronto said…
thank you Han for linking this delicious looking cake looks fabulous
Hankerie said…
@ Torviewtoronto: Thanks for organizing this event..
Cheah said…
I was intrigued by the name of this post. Gosh, your pictures are so captivating.
Waileng Tan said…
The first picture looked like volcano. Except the lava is cheese color instead of red! Han Ker, You are really creative.
Libby said…
Oh my, these look fantastic. I love cupcakes, and these look gourmet and tasty! Your blog is great- the pictures, title, and writing style all make for good reading. Please visit me at my blog, if you get a chance, it would mean a lot to me. Thank you!
Hankerie said…
@Cheah: Thanks for your great compliments.

@WaiLeng: I strongly believe bakes should presented in creative way too.

@Jr. Chef Libby: Lovely, hope you enjoy each of my blog entries, if possible connect me via google connect to receive my updates. Also, I've checkout your blog and love your sandwich roll up idea.