Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 60 servings
- Cheesecake Filling:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 large egg
- Cupcake Batter:
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened extra-dark cocoa or Dutch cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk or water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (about 1 cup)
In a small bowl, blend cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar until smooth. Add egg, beating just until combined. Set aside.
In a nonreactive large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
Stir in milk or water, vegetable oil, cider vinegar, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Fill paper-lined cups about 1/3 full. Top each with about a half teaspoon cream cheese mixture. Press 4 to 5 chocolate chips into cheesecake filling on each cupcake.
Bake in center of oven 14 minutes, or until firm. Cheese filling may still be a bit soft but will firm up.
Cool completely before serving.
Yield: about 60 mini-cupcakes
For standard cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare filling and batter as above. Fill paper-lined cups about 1/2 full. Top each with about 1 Tablespoon of cheesecake mixture. Press 8 to 10 chocolate chips into cheesecake mixture on each cupcake. Bake in center of oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until firm.
Yield: 24 cupcakes
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