Monday, February 27, 2012

Black Bottom Cupcakes


Chocolate and banana cupcakes with a cream cheese banana topping.



And with lots of chocolate chips mixed in, too.

But anything with chocolate chips mixed in automatically moves the yumminess up a notch, right.


For the topping …

Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg and banana together and then stir in the chips.


Jump on in there little ones. Get nice and cozy.


For the cake layer you’ll need…

Flour, cocoa, sugar, bananas, soda, salt oil and vanilla.

Sift the dry ingredients together and then add the wet. Easy as pie. Or Cupcake.


Plop. Pureed bananas look kinda gross, don’t they?

Thank goodness it all gets blended.


I used these lovely parchment paper baking cups. (Found at Hobby Lobby)


And I also used these freestanding muffin cups. (Found at

Why? Because I’m indecisive. I may not have mentioned it before, but I have a problem making decisions. Even something as simple as cupcake liners. It seems like I can never bake all my cupcakes in the same papers. (Unless I’m taking them somewhere of course.) I know. Kinda weird. But I can never decide which to use or worry that I picked the wrong one and the one I didn’t pick is going to look better. So, I’ll sneak a few options in there to satisfy my compulsion.


But anyway, when you’re ready to fill your liners, just use a scoop to get evenly filled papers.

Fill with chocolate first.


And then with the cream cheese mixture.

In one kind of baking cup if your normal.


Then bake away.

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Cream Cheese Mixture
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 small banana, pureed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Mixture
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large bananas, pureed
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the cream cheese mixture:

  • Beat cream cheese and sugar until nice and fluffy.
  • Add banana, egg and vanilla and mix together until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and set aside.

For the chocolate mixture:

  • Sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, soda and salt using a wire whisk.
  • Add bananas, oil and vanilla and mix together on low until combined.
  • Use a large scoop to fill cupcake liners with batter.
  • Repeat topping the cupcake batter with the cream cheese mixture.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until done.

Makes about 18 cupcakes.

Recipe adapted from Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook, 1993.


And enjoy!!!

And if you’re wondering. I liked how these looked in the parchment papers best.

Mary-Walker said...

Made these tonight!! Delicious!

February 29, 2012 10:04 PM
pdxkate said...

ummmmm WOWOWOWOW! looks so good.

March 1, 2012 12:39 AM
hatti said...

saw these yesterday and made them last night! Oh my goodness they are delicious, will be making these again and again!

March 1, 2012 03:35 AM
ANNA said...

So yummy!!! How do you get your ideas/recipes????

Wish you would come to Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington, NC!

March 1, 2012 06:40 AM
Nicole said...

I made these last night and they’re FANTASTIC. I used the standard foil muffin tin liners and made 18. I should have stretched it to 19 or 20 because they were a bit overfilled and domed up a lot. Not that it matters. They were beautiful and tasted fantastic. Even overfilled my baking time came in closer to 25 minutes. So if I underfill next time, I will check them at 20 minutes.

March 1, 2012 09:07 AM
Amanda said...

My graduate student sent me the link to your recipe. It was his attempt at a hint that he wanted some baked goods. Cupcakes were delcious.

March 1, 2012 09:37 AM
Ashley said...

These sounds delicious!

March 1, 2012 11:15 AM
RIMA said...

These look amazing!! I can’t wait to try them out! Can the recipe be successfully doubled? I need to make about 50 for Sunday!

March 1, 2012 12:52 PM
Mari said...

I made these last night – they are delish! I am serving them tonight at my mahj jongg group – I am sure they will love them, too. Thanks for posting this yummy recipe!

March 1, 2012 02:28 PM
Katie Y said...

Oh my word! I made these last night and brought them in for my coworkers today. The cupcakes were a HUGE hit and were gone within minutes! Everyone I passed in the hallway complimented me on what a great cook I am, but I told them it was all thanks to you :)

I followed the recipe exactly. For what it’s worth, I used 1/2 cup of mashed banana for the topping and 1 cup for the chocolate cake part. I found the recipe to be extremely easy and quick to put together. Mine were perfect after 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Next time, I think I will use 1/2 C cocoa powder and 3/4 C sugar in the cake part, because I personally found it a teeny bit too sweet (but then again, none of my coworkers seemed to mind).

Thanks again, Bakerella!

PS, I hope you’re feeling well :]

March 1, 2012 05:11 PM
Jennifer said...

As cute as your cake pops are, this recipe is definitely more my style (and ability level, haha). Looks delicious!!

March 1, 2012 09:48 PM
Maureen said...

I love the sound of these black bottom cupcakes! Definitely going to try these this weekend.

March 2, 2012 06:09 AM
Lotje said...

Looks so yummy!

March 2, 2012 09:04 AM
Karen Kelly said...

Saturday afternoon activity with kids…planned. Thanks for the idea!

March 2, 2012 12:42 PM
kristina said...

awesomeness. thanks !

March 2, 2012 02:12 PM
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So Yummy!!!!! :D

March 2, 2012 03:36 PM
Katie M. said...

Love these! They look so yummy! Where did you get those amazing cupcake measuring spoons?!?!

March 2, 2012 05:07 PM
Genny said...

These look delicious! And, also — where did you get those darling measuring spoons?

March 2, 2012 06:01 PM
Sarah (Canterbury Cakes) said...

YUMMY! These sound, and look, divine. I hope you don’t mind, I have pinned for future reference!

March 3, 2012 03:38 PM
Marie said...

I just finished making them. The chocolate batter was too stiff and is very dry. I followed the recipe exactly, but ended up adding an egg to the chocolate batter just to get it out of the bowl and into the cupcake cups. Tastes pretty good though. Maybe my banana’s weren’t big enough…

March 3, 2012 04:46 PM
Kristin said...

I just wanted to let you know that I made these last night at 10:30 for my son’s 4th birthday party, a huge hit!

My husband hates most cake b/c it’s dryness but this he wanted them all for himself! I did put just a small swirl of cream cheese frosting only because if I give kids a cup cake w/o frostin they might throw them at me.

Thank you thank you a million times thank you!

March 3, 2012 10:17 PM
Claire wheeler said...

Hey I love your site – first time commenting here! I’m based in the uk and just wondered what sort of oil I should use in this recipe? I’ve made the mistake in recipes before where I’ve used the wrong kind and the results were not good. Thanks so much – really want to try these – they look amazing.

March 4, 2012 01:56 AM
Mariana said...

For the first time yesterday I’ve found your book in my country (Brazil) and had to take a photo to show all the sweetness. My first look I though it was in english, but they translated, which is even because more people can enjoy.


Here’s the link for the photo:

March 4, 2012 10:28 AM
Baker Bettie said...

Oh.My. This is food porn. I have to admit I am not the biggest cupcake fan because I don’t really like frosting, but this I could get down with!

March 4, 2012 12:29 PM
ahestebeste said...

How delicious looking they are.I ‘ll try to do receipe.Loves from Turkey.

March 4, 2012 04:44 PM
elisa said...

Just made these with my 3 nieces! They came out so delicious. I made them just in regular tins without liners and put too much batter in them, but they are still awesome and my husband’s co-workers will enjoy them tomorrow for breakfast-thanks for sharing.

March 4, 2012 09:46 PM
Jill said...

These look absolutely amazing and I love the way you photograph everything. Your blog is great! Just restarted mine. Please check it out:)

March 4, 2012 11:45 PM
Nellie said...

When I saw this recipe, I just knew I had to make it (plus, I had bananas just hanging out, waiting to be made into something super yummy!). You never disappoint – these cupcakes are rich and oh, so delicious!

I so enjoy your blog and all the wonderful recipes you share with us!

March 5, 2012 10:42 AM
Sheyla said...

I made these last night and they are delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe, my family and coworkers are going to enjoy them today.

March 5, 2012 11:32 AM
ai Rox said...

would this recipe be available without the banana? need to bake a batch my husband can eat. if not, what would be a substitute? thanks for the inspirations!

March 5, 2012 12:18 PM
Alyson said...

These made such a great addition to a little brunch party my husband and I through this weekend! So yummy, easy and because they have a banana in it, that makes it sort of nutritious too, right? Thanks for sharing!!!

March 5, 2012 12:35 PM
Denise said...

Made these last night to bring into work to ease the Monday blues. Once at work, they were gone in a flash. I received rave reviews. Very moist. I love the extra chocolate chips in the white layer. Might add some nuts the next time. I love walnuts and bananas.

March 5, 2012 03:50 PM
Rima said...

omg this is droolfest. *gonna go get some bananas* gagagaga.

March 6, 2012 02:03 AM
Clarissa said...

Made these over the weekend & they were gone in a flash! So yummy. Had to restock to make a 2nd batch this week. Glad to have a better go to recipe for bananas than boring banana bread. Thanks!

March 6, 2012 02:13 AM
Megan Davey said...

Yay! So I made these a couple days ago (made exactly 18 cakes) and it was a HIT with the family. I am growing in my confidence in baking and cooking with each successful recipe I try! Thank you for posting so many great ideas and recipes for the masses to try! It’s appreciated!!
Hope you’re feeling well

March 6, 2012 05:14 PM
Lisa said...

Batch on my counter cooling. Thanks for this recipe as I am tired of making banana bread with “past my tolerance for eating” bananas. I hope this will be a nice change, and I’m now trying to figure out how I can make mini ones!!

March 6, 2012 09:18 PM
Julie Reed said...

I can not wait to try these! It’s my birthday today, and when my mom asked me what kind of cake I wanted, I came to your site and showed her these!!! MY kiddos are all excited to help make my birthday “cake.” Thanks so much for fun and delicious recipes that are easy for a regular person to make. ???

March 9, 2012 03:26 AM
Sylvia said...

Thanks for the recipe!!! I made these last night… I used some cute monkey/banana liners… and renamed them Chunky Monkey Muffins!!!!

March 9, 2012 01:55 PM
Hawley said...

I love banana baked goods- I put this on pinterest and it got a lot of fans!!

March 10, 2012 12:49 PM
heather g said...

Faithful fan of yours here…I went to a dinner party this past weekend and lo and behold…these cupcakes were sitting there, staring at me!!!! Who knew that my friend was a Bakerella follower too!! best part of it? I got to sample such wonderful goodness with NONE of the hard work! #score!!!!!

March 15, 2012 05:17 PM
Anonymous said...

What to do with all the chocolate chips I have left? This sounds perfect. Thanks for posting this recipe.
Greetings from north of the Arctic Circle.

March 16, 2012 04:59 PM
Barbra Donachy said...

What to do with all the chocolate chips I have left? This sounds perfect. Thanks for posting this recipe.
Greetings from north of the Arctic Circle.

March 16, 2012 05:00 PM
Nichole said...

I just got finished pulling these perfect looking cupcakes out of the oven. I must say, I was a bit concerned with how thick the chocolate mixture was….not at all liquidy. But it made for a rich, dense brownie like cupcake. Very yummy!!

March 16, 2012 05:57 PM
Aimee said...

is there a substitute for the banana?(: no one in my family, including likes them ): but these look heavanly and i would really like to make them, but without the banana

March 20, 2012 08:21 PM
Soyoung said...

I made these today and they tasted phenomenal!! I’m not a baker but these things were so easy to make and so good :)

March 21, 2012 07:50 PM
dreambox said...

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March 21, 2012 10:22 PM
divorce attorney said...

Cupcakes are great, but many are wondering how this little birthday and school room treat has come to create such a fuss.

March 24, 2012 04:45 AM
OrangeLatte said...

OMG….they look sooooo good. I’ll definitely gonna make this!! ^_^

March 25, 2012 09:07 PM
Rob Johnson said...

Looks delicious! What a great taste and mouthfeel this must have, thanks!

March 25, 2012 11:24 PM
Tabetha said...

I made these as a yummy snack for my sweet husband and they were a huge hit!!! Delicious!!! Thanks for the great recipe! I look forward to making them again and again!!

March 28, 2012 02:47 PM
Mónica said...

Mexican, 18 years old.. I’M TRYING ‘EM OUT!! I hope they are delicious!!

March 29, 2012 07:51 PM
Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence said...

Wow… that last picture looks so decadent and delicious. I just want to dive in!

March 30, 2012 01:36 PM
L said...

I’d love to make this, but I’m super allergic to bananas. Any chance I can just leave them out? Or is there a substitute?

March 31, 2012 01:31 PM
emily said...

can i do this without the bannanas? Im not much of a bannana fan..

April 20, 2012 02:04 PM
Jayme said...

I made these with Jules’ gluten-free flour. They turned out great and were delicious!

April 30, 2012 01:17 AM
Sarah said...

I am still trying to figure out what I did wrong. Maybe the cream cheese mixture wasn’t fluffy enough? The tops of mine just didn’t rise, they deflated :( the botttoms turned out good, the the tops could’ve used more baking time but the bottoms were too close to getting burnt)
I like the favors a lot. I think I need to make them again and figure out what went wrong.

May 1, 2012 02:51 PM
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June 8, 2012 12:34 AM
Makula said...

This website is great I love it

June 14, 2012 07:24 PM
blackreafs said...

Made these last night. They were great! So gooey and chocolatey! YUM!

June 17, 2012 11:35 AM
Lena said...

Would love to try this recipe, but it’s a little unusual that the chocolate batter doesn’t contain any egg at all.

July 24, 2012 07:02 PM
Camilla said...

These are SO good. Just discovered your blog, and it’s my new holy grail. Couldn’t pick what to make first, but these won and MAN are they delicious. Pretty sure I’m going to gain a hundred pounds trying all your recipes!

August 6, 2012 10:42 AM
Autumn said...


August 9, 2012 11:49 PM
Linda said...

I don’t know what happened, tried these cupcakes and they didn’t taste very good. The bottom bit was chewy while the tops were slightly undercooked.

August 11, 2012 05:28 AM
Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden said...

This looks so delicious that I have to book this recipes! Also I would like to showcase these cupcakes on my cupcakes recipes & ideas blog if you agree.

August 20, 2012 09:48 AM
franny said...

love your site!!! Inspires me to bake, bake, bake

i also didn’t find the wavy freestanding liners at cake art. they list various options, but no pic to validate they are the wavy liners. they all say NOT freestanding.

Can you confirm the name, # or any other info to track those down to order???

Thanks so much and can’t wait to try these cupcakes.

August 29, 2012 05:35 PM
jommy said...

i like ur tablespoon so much
can i know what that band ? ><,

September 17, 2012 11:43 AM
Raquel campos said...

Hello from Brazil! Im making this delicious recipe at this very moment! I cant wait to eat ! Congrats!

October 13, 2012 05:44 PM
Sandra Coy said...

They look great, can’t wait to try.

October 25, 2012 10:31 AM
Kamila | Food Lovers Retreats said...

WOW! my fav combo ever! making these today !

November 10, 2012 12:33 AM
Kristie said...

I just made these today and they turned out perfect! So goood. Just make sure when your making your chocolate mixture, when it says large bananas, you use large bananas or your mix be very difficult to mix together. besides that they were amazing and i am taking them in to my coworkers!

December 10, 2012 03:21 PM
Michelle said...

Hey, don’t mind me asking, 1 cup meaning how many grams?

February 1, 2013 02:33 AM
Juniper Cakery said...

These sound delicious!

April 3, 2013 03:58 AM
Liz said...

I just made these last night and brought them into work. They were a hit! Thanks for the great recipe.

May 17, 2013 12:14 AM
Aj said...

This looks so good! But when I tried making the chocolate mixture, it turned out dry and crumbly. But your chocolate mixture in the pics looks so wet and fudgy! Please help. Failed bday cupcakes.

June 4, 2013 10:45 AM
Lynne said...

Hello I made these for word to the exact instructions, but they turned out very heavy and stodgy and althugh the taste was ok the texture put my friends off – any ideas?

August 16, 2013 12:05 PM
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