Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese and chocolate chip center. Also known as Black Bottom Cupcakes.

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

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.

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