May 4

Fuji Mama’s Favorite Cupcake: Black Bottom Cupcakes

in Chocolate, Dessert, Family, Fuji Favorites, Recipes by Type

When I was in elementary school kids would often bring treats to their class to share on their birthday (does anyone still do that?).
I remember requesting my mom’s black bottom cupcakes on more than one occasion because they were my FAVORITE. They reminded me of those Hostess cupcakes (but better)–you know the chocolate ones with the white spiral thingy on the top and the cream filling? Fuji Nana’s version turns out moist, chocolaty, and oh so creamy.
You start out by mixing up your chocolate cake batter and pouring it into your cupcake liners. Then you mix up your filling and drop rounded teaspoonfuls of it on top of each filled cupcake liner and then you bake them.The filling will sink partially into the middle of the cupcake, just like magic!

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Fuji Nana’s Black Bottom Cupcakes

Makes 30 cupcakes

1 chocolate cake mix (I prefer to use a Devil’s Food cake mix)
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 egg, beaten slightly
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cupcake tins with paper baking cups and spray lightly over top with cooking spray.

2. Mix chocolate cake mix according to package directions. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake cups.

3. Combine cream cheese, egg, and sugar and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

4. Drop 1 rounded teaspoon full of mixture onto center of each cupcake.

5. Bake for 23-28 minutes. DON’T OVERBAKE!!

Cream Cheese Icing

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1-pound box powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Blend together until smooth and then use to frost fully cooled cupcakes.

P.S. Wait till you see what Lolly has dreamed up for you for today!!!!!!! Flop on over and take a look!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Cristine May 4, 2009 at 6:11 am

Those look so yummy!

Wednesday is my daughter’s birthday and I am bringing cupcakes to her preschool. Unfortunately, they don’t allow homemade (Grrr…), so storebought it is. But I wish I could bring these! :)


Michelle May 4, 2009 at 6:44 am

Stunning cupcakes! I think I’ll have to make these very soon!


Fuji Nana May 4, 2009 at 7:34 am

I have to confess that I got this recipe from my awesome mom-in-law, The World’s Best Cook. But hey, I’ll take credit! Save one (or two or three) for me, Fuji Daughter.


girlichef May 4, 2009 at 7:42 am

These are awesome! It is like magic…love how the filling just sinks in :) And yes, my kiddos still want me to make cupcakes &/or cookies for them to bring on their b-days (I have one coming up tomorrow!).


K and S May 4, 2009 at 8:23 am

my mom used to bake cupcakes for me to take on my birthday :) these look more elegant!


meg May 4, 2009 at 8:31 am

they look yummy La Fuji, but just to be sure, I need 2 8 oz cream cheese and 2 eggs? One cream ch. for filling and one for icing?
One egg for cake, (or more?) and one for filling?


Fuji Mama May 4, 2009 at 8:41 am

Cristine and girlichef–I’m so glad to hear that kids are still getting to bring treats to school for their birthdays!

meg– Yes, that’s right!


RootsAndWingsCo May 4, 2009 at 8:45 am

As someone else said, we can bring treats, but not homemade ones. Some schools are even saying you can bring store bought treats, but nothing sugar! What?! I’m sorry but a bag of carrots just does not say Happy Birthday, like cupcakes do! ;) This recipe sounds super scrumptious, fun, and easy! I’ll have to be trying these ones out too (the mint ones are already on my “must do” list!)! sigh…my poor thighs. They wont be ready for swimsuit season for sure, now! ;)


Fearless Kitchen May 4, 2009 at 9:07 am

This looks great. I’m jealous – my mom can’t bake her way out of a sack, and our school banned homemade treats because of a heptatitis epidemic anyway.


Meet the Dubreuils May 4, 2009 at 9:18 am

Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe!! I immediately printed the SUPER CUTE recipe card and can’t wait to try them! Thanks to you and Lolychops!!


Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 4, 2009 at 9:40 am

Chocolate goodness! I bet those taste amazing! That’s so awesome your mom made them for you to take to school! I bet your friends loved it!


grammarinda May 4, 2009 at 9:57 am

Our Aunt Willa used to make these. They are the best! Thanks for posting the recipe!


mndnlsn May 4, 2009 at 10:13 am

So glad I waited to get the recipe from Cupcake Week so I could not only visit your awesome blog, but also print it out on a great card! Lolly and Fuji: Delicious to the mouth and to the eyes! Thanks!


Bob May 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

Ok, that’s just awesome. I love it!


Marta May 4, 2009 at 11:00 am

Oh so cute!! I’m making these for sure, thank you for sharing them :)


kawaii crafter May 4, 2009 at 11:55 am

These look so good, cream cheese frosting has to be my absolute favorite for cupcakes or cakes.

To answer your question, yes people still bring cupcakes to school to celebrate birthdays. In fact, just last Friday one of the moms brought chocolate cupcakes to my son’s class.


mamakd May 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Hmmmm, I don’t remember getting any of those at school. I must have been sick that day! I guess I will just have to make some for myself. Darn it! mwah! Miss you!


Jenn May 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Oh, that’s a neat trick. I’ll have to try that next time I make cupcakes.



Jen @ May 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

These look wonderful. I love black bottom cupcakes! I think I will try to make these for my Share Our Strength bake sale this weekend!


Snakebit May 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I had some of these and they are great. If you have any left over I’ll be happy to dispose of them for you.


LollyChops May 4, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Who is this snakebite character and how come he got some cupcakes and I did not? I am protesting over here!

How come you did not tell me they had a filling!!!! Heck… for that matter how come I did not notice when I was putting the recipe card together. Poor tired out Lolly.

These do look yumtastic! When I showed RonChops this post he gasped (totally not kidding).


Melanie Gray Augustin May 5, 2009 at 12:10 am

Wow! They look so good! And such a gorgeous looking post to go with it… and gorgeous recipe cards too!! Can I just say “Wow” again?


chocolatecup May 5, 2009 at 3:54 am

am probably gonna make this for my blackwhite party with a made from scratch choc cupcake instead of the box mix! thankyews:)


Christina May 5, 2009 at 8:09 am

These look super delicious! And I love the cute recipe card to print out!


Danica's Daily May 5, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I LOVE cupcakes! they are honestly the perfect dessert. THESE look amazing….I just need to find an occassion to make them for so that I do not eat them all up :) thanks for the recipe & great photos!


Kristen May 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm

ooooo nummy! You gave this recipe to me a couple years ago I think. I am going to have to try them out!! Holy cupcakes! They all look great, the shirley temple ones look like fun but I think these look most delicious!! I am going to have to try them! You rock Fujimama!


yumi May 7, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Hi, Fuji mama-san! I used your recipe and made some cup cakes. They were so good! My daughter took them to school and her friends love them,too.


Samantha May 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

I used to make these with my mom when I was a young child. It was the only thing she knew how to bake, and I loved helping her.

I actually just made these on Saturday night as a mothers day treat for my mom and stepmom, then stumbled across yours on! I’ve never put a filling on top though, I’ve been too scared it would take away from the yumminess of the cupcake. I made miniature ones to keep me from scarfing down a big one. It failed, now I eat two little ones in one sitting instead. Next time, I’ll make the big ones only!


Jelli Bean June 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

Yum! I almost made these last time I made cinnamon rolls. I'd love to scarf down every one of them!


Nicole (dishin') June 17, 2009 at 8:14 am

These do look delicious! Thanks for sharing!!!


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