Black Bottom Cupcakes


A few weeks ago a friend who works for an incredible charity called Zimkids (have a look at their website to see the amazing work they do) asked me if I wanted to make some cakes for a Coffee Morning she was hosting to raise awareness and funds. I obviously said yes. The first batch I made were the Hummingbird’s Black Bottom Cupcakes – dark chocolate sponge with a dollop of baked cheesecake on top. Who could resist. I also smothered them in cream cheese icing to make them even more scrummy. Intensely calorific but all for charity so who cares, right?!!!

Also the chocolate sponge is a great egg and diary free recipe.


Here’s how (makes 12):

Chocolate Sponge

  • 190g plain flour
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 bicarbonate soda
  • 40ml sunflower oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 vanilla extract

Cheesecake FillingĀ 

  • 140g cream cheese
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100g plain chocolate chips

Cream cheese icing

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 125g cream cheese

Pre-heat the oven to 170C (150C fan) and line a cupcake tray with paper cases. Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate. In a separate bowl mix together the oil, vinegar, vanilla and 125ml cold water. Mix the two together until smooth and spoon into the cupcake cases until two thirds full.



For the cheesecake filling, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla and salt until smooth and fluffy. Then stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the mixture on top of the cupcake mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes.


For the cream cheese icing, mix together all the ingredients until smooth and cover the cupcakes once they are completely cool. Decorate with a light sprinkling of cocoa powder.






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