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.

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176 comments on “Black Bottom Cupcakes”

  1. Oh yes I will enjoy these. The more chocolate the better!

  2. They look delicious!!!!!!! This is going on my “to do” list..


  3. I love the combo of banana and chocolate. Those look fantastic! Can’t wait to try them out!

  4. These look soo good! Bananas, cream cheese, and chocolate go together so well. Im drooling right now! ;)

  5. Delicious! What my family needs: a rest from cupcakes and a nice muffin to start March! Thanks, bakerella!

  6. Those look amazing! Must try! And I think I’ll give those parchment liners a try as well! Thanks!

  7. Yummy! That looks soooo delicious!!!!!
    xoxo Ronja

  8. Ooooh I love banana and chocolate together! Gotta try these

  9. Haha, I almost never bake all my cupcakes in the same liners either! =) These look really delicious! And they look great in both liners! =)

  10. These look nice & gooey & delicious:)

  11. I will be trying this tomorrow! Looks Yummmmmy!
    Thank You for sharing!

  12. They look delicious! The banana was a surprise ingredient!

    Do all of your recipes turn out so perfectly? If so you really are amazing. I have big flops now and then.

    I can’t wait to try these! Thank you!

  13. The chocolatey-goodness is overwhelming!

  14. Looks like some yummy gooey ooey goodness :)

  15. Those baking cups are a great idea. There is a guy in my city who opened up his own cupcake shop and his cupcakes signature is using those wavy-like baking cups. Thanks for sharing his secret! ;)

  16. These look incredible! My mouth is watering just looking at that chocolatey layer, oh man.

    And I just noticed we have the same measuring spoons!! I love those little silver cupcake spoons ever so much <3

  17. I love this idea for using up bananas…. I always seem to buy too many. And who doesnt love chocolate :)

  18. I really like those free standing baking cups. I must visit

  19. OMG these look so freakin good!!

  20. Yum, they look so yummy !!!

  21. It’s so funny you say that about the liners, because I always use a minimum of 3 kinds when I bake because I can never decide which ones are the prettiest. It’s so annoying! I wish I could just pick one and have nice, uniform cupcakes.

    This look SO good. I’m totally trying them.

  22. I’ve made chocolate and banana cupcakes before and they were kinda heavy and soggy – unlike yours which look amazing. I will definitely be trying these!favourite

  23. As always, amazing! I’m pinning this right now!

  24. I would just love one of those now with my morning coffee! Time to get baking!

  25. Are you kidding me??! They look like they should be illegal.. :)

  26. Ummm…. Looks great!
    Yummy yummy :O)
    By the way what a WONDERFUL measuring spoons !!! Love them.

  27. I think your photography in this post is outstanding. You were always a great photographer, but you just keep on getting better : )

  28. Angie,

    I didn’t find the freestanding muffin cups at Do you have a brand name so we can find them elsewhere? The shape is wonderful!

  29. Wow, nice surprise recipe! Thanks for sharing, keep’em coming!

  30. Where did you find the gorgeous measuring spoons?? I absolutely love them!!! So cute!!
    Can’t wait to try the recipe, thank you!!

  31. These look fantastic, especially with all the chocolate!

  32. Oh my goodness, I can totally relate! Last night I spent three and a half hours debating which recipe (out of two options, really) I want to try today. Same is with cupcake liners. I have these very pretty pastel-coloured silicone ones, but I also like using cupcake liners made out of paper and every time I make cupcakes I spent the most part of my time debating which ones I use.
    I’m certainly going to try your recipe (as soon as I figured out which liners to use) – thanks for sharing!

  33. Hello from Italy.! This recipe is simply fantastic!!

  34. yum! i’ve been obsessed with all things banana lately…and i think anything with cream cheese frosting wins in my book anyway ;)

  35. Oh. My. God. 8)

  36. Yum! Bananas don’t get enough love in the baked goods world. These look wonderful.

  37. Can these be made without the bananas? My husband doesn’t like them…I would assume I need to add something else to make up for them?
    They look delicious as is…but I don’t really need to be the only one eating them! lol

  38. Oh yeah, that looks so good! And I love the parchment liners, so simple and easy to get things out of.

  39. I’ve been looking for the first “back to school” after school snack to make my kids today after February vacation ended. This is it!! And, bananas….that makes it healthy. ;0

  40. Oh my gosh – those look so delish!

  41. I wanna like these, they look good, but I can’t stand banana-make me gag :(

  42. Amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

  43. making them black on the bottom on purpose, is cheating you know Angie ;-p


  44. The cupcakes look so yummy. But what really caught my attention were the cupcake measuring spoons. Too cute!

  45. Looks so delicious!!! If I were to remove the banana….would I need to add anything in it’s place, or would the topping be just as yummy?

  46. What an awesome texture/flavor combination in one cupcake!

  47. I’m definitely trying these, Angie! They look to die for!

  48. These sound gooood. I wish I already had a cupcake in my hand. :)

  49. Do you think I could use pureed pumpkin instead of banana? If so, how much pumpkin do you think I’d need? Thanks!

  50. I liked the paper liners best, too ;) These remind me of the cupcakes my mom used to make, except the cream cheese part was in the middle.

  51. I’m drooling over these already!

  52. Crazy…I LITERALLY just said to my boyfriend, “I let the bananas get too ripe, I need to find a new banana recipe to try.” You read my mind bakerella, happen to have all the ingredients already in my pantry/frig, gonna try it out in a few.

  53. My husband would go crazy over these!

  54. We get these all the time at a bakery in baltimore, md called harolds! they’r my favorite! thanks for sharing this recipe!

  55. oh those cupcakes look delicious love those free standing liners too. I often bake in two or three color liners, then decide which I color I like best.

  56. I had never thought of incorporating banana into a black-bottom cupcake, I love the idea though! It sounds delicious, I’ll definitely keep this in mind.

  57. omg… I already made them! Amazing! Thank you!

  58. Oh Em Gee! Those sound and look amazing!

  59. YUM! I want some! I’m in a serious cupcake mood today!

  60. Hot damn! I should give this a try. Since my little one doesn’t really always eat bananas, why not add some to her dessert, right? :)

  61. My husband is already demanding that I make these for him. So delish!

  62. These look amazing, wow! Definitely need to try these cupcakes, they look SO yummy.

  63. My family loves these! We make them in the mini cupcake pan and then they have to go in the fridge because that’s just the way it’s done in my family! I have never tried it with the banana added in though. Perhaps next time we’ll try half without banana and half with it to see which we love more. These never last more than a few days in the house and when taken to a party they never even see the late arriving guests!!!

  64. Love love love the cupcake measuring spoons. Happy baking!

  65. Those look super yummy and your cupcake measuring spoons are adorable. Where did you get them?

  66. Yummmm…..

  67. Silly question of the day…what type of frosting would be best on these bad boys? Would a normal cream cheese be too much….OMG did I just say that? Is that even possible?

    I only ask b/c these will be for a birthday party and the looks I will get if there is no frosting…I think I might get tared and feathered by a bunch of 4 yr olds!

  68. these look so yummy! i’m going to try to them this weekend!

  69. “If you’re normal” hehe, made me laugh. I’m joining the nn-normal baking cup clan too because I use at least 3 different types/colors when I bake too. I can never decide whether I want to use plain white or coloured, or patterned, or coloured with patterns.

    I’m sure if you’re reading this you know the exact same frustration. Just make me giggle that these litte quirks are more widespread than I thought!

  70. I made these today. They are SOOO GOOOOD! Thank you!!

  71. :) sweet. Don’t worry. You’re not the only one that can’t decide anything. In fact, you probably aren’t as indecisive as I am.

  72. oh my gosh these look very good great job :)

  73. I have to know where you got those super cute measuring spoons?!?

  74. that looks unbelievably delicious. anything with chocolate chips mixed in is automatically upgraded

  75. OMG these look so yummy!

  76. these look amazing!!!!

  77. Those are the most adorable cupcake measuring spoons!

  78. These do look amazingly delicious!!

  79. I will dream about these cupcakes tonight. Classic flavors that are crazy good! xo

  80. I think I need to make these for our office March Birthdays Party!!

  81. OH WOW making this, this weekend

  82. These look so yummy! Must try the recipe.

  83. i didn’t leave it in the oven for 30mins, instead i did, 15, then 10 more. at the 15, it was still gooey, but then the extra 10 browned the top of the cream cheese topping, which i think i should have done 5 mins instead.

    also i should have filled the cups less, and not let it over flow as much.

    thanks, the banana chocolate is interesting.

    i’m waiting for the cupcakes to cool for a bake taste.

  84. Yumm, they look delicious!

  85. Un-real. I am SOOOO making these!

    (Why is it every time I hear the words “Hobby Lobby” I start singing the song “Laffy Taffy” in my head!?)

  86. I was going to make plain old banana bread with some aging nanas right up until I saw THIS!!!!! Oh how my family will love me tonight!!!

  87. Your photos are always so beautiful! I wish I had one of these right now. I can taste that ooey gooey melted chocolate!

  88. They’re going to make a movie about you, kind of like “Julia and Julia,” when someone attempts to make all of your recipes in the course of a year.

    These look divine.

    You are so welcome to come to BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA anytime you want! We have Pastry Art (, Edgar’s Bakery (, Dream Cakes (, Magic Muffin (, and Savage’s Bakery. You would love it here! Not to mention there’s a fantastic Barnes and Noble at the hopping Summit shopping center where you could do a signing. We’ll even host you in our apartment if you’ll just come! = ) Have a lovely day!

  89. These look amazing, though I’m going to see if I can remove the egg. A couple of my friends can’t eat them, so it will be nice to make it so they can eat it.

  90. These looks SO good! Sadly I am the only one liking banana in cupcake in this house, and I can’t eat them all… ;) But I think I might try them anyway ;)
    Take care!

  91. I have to admit, as soon as I opened this email my 3 year old daughter and I said “yummy, lets make these” and we did and of course they are delicious!
    I did not have enough cream cheese so I cut the recipe in half and it still made 11 cupcakes. I may have put in the full portion of vanilla in the cream cheese mixture though becuase they came out very sweet.
    Assuming that is just the way they are, do you have any suggestions on how I can cut the sweetness a bit? I want to make these for my son’s 1st birthday- monkey party so the the banana flavour is perfect! Thanks

  92. These make me hungry, especially the chocolate. Yum!

  93. Oh my Goodness Bakerella, these are to die for! I made these, except I put……… 12 OZ. CHOCOLATE CHIPS. Which made them SO good!

    Thank you!

  94. I made these but tweeked them just a bit. I used the new chocolate cream cheese instead of regular and then didn’t use the cocoa powder in the chocolate mixture. Mine were more like black top cupcakes since the chocolate was now on the top. They turned out pretty good but I think I need to do a little more tweeking to make it perfect with the chocolate cream cheese!

  95. Gah! I’m so excited to try these. I’m constantly scouring for new banana recipes, as they are my favourite, and this is perfect. Chocolate, cream cheese, more chocolate and bananas, how can you go wrong?

  96. Yummmmmmmm…………….!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

  97. holy moly. divine, so going to make these

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