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
Yield: 18 cupcakes

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tray with paper liners.
  2. 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.
  3. For the chocolate mixture: Sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, soda and salt using a wire whisk.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until done.


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. Hi! I’ve been baking this cupcake for years and still never gets old. One of our favorites. But I keep getting oily cupcakes, why is that? Should I lessen my oil instead? Thanks! 

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. WOW! my fav combo ever! making these today !

  8. They look great, can’t wait to try.

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

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

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

  17. This website is great I love it

  18. yum!

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. 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?

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

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

  25. 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!!

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

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

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

  29. I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

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

  31. 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

  32. 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!!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!!!!!

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

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

  38. 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. ???

  39. 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!!

  40. 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

  41. 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!

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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!!!

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

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

  49. 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.

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

  51. 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!

  52. 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:

  53. 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.

  54. 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!

  55. 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…

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

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

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

  59. awesomeness. thanks !

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

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

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

  63. 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 :]

  64. 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!

  65. 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!

  66. These sounds delicious!

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

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

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

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

  71. ummmmm WOWOWOWOW! looks so good.

  72. Made these tonight!! Delicious!

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

  74. Yummmmmmmm…………….!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

  75. 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?

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

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

  79. 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

  80. 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!

  81. 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.

  82. 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!

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

  84. 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!!!

  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. Yumm, they look delicious!

  87. 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.

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

  89. OH WOW making this, this weekend

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

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

  92. These do look amazingly delicious!!

  93. Those are the most adorable cupcake measuring spoons!

  94. these look amazing!!!!

  95. OMG these look so yummy!

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

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

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

  99. :) 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.

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

  101. “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!

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

  103. 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!

  104. Yummmm…..

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

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

  107. 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!!!

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

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

  110. 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? :)

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

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

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

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

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

  117. My husband would go crazy over these!

  118. 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.

  119. I’m drooling over these already!

  120. 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.

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

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

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

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

  125. 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?

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

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


  128. Amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

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

  130. Oh my gosh – those look so delish!

  131. 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

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

  133. 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

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

  135. Oh. My. God. 8)

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

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

  138. 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!

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

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

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

  142. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  148. 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

  149. 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.

  150. Yum, they look so yummy !!!

  151. OMG these look so freakin good!!

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

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

  154. 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

  155. 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! ;)

  156. Looks like some yummy gooey ooey goodness :)

  157. The chocolatey-goodness is overwhelming!

  158. 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!

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

  160. These look nice & gooey & delicious:)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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