Saturday, November 21, 2009

Black Bottom Cheesecakes

Don't click away . . . these are a lot easier than you think. I got this recipe from my sister, Monika . . . a delicious little cupcake with "baked in" cream cheese and decorated simply with some cherry pie filling to create a melt in your mouth goodness. Not just for Christmas but an anytime great way to add to a buffet to feed a crowd.



  • 1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cupcakes: (to make 48 mini muffins or 24 - 36 medium)

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp soda

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1 can cherry pie filling (won't need the whole can)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

  1. In small bowl, blend filling ingredients until smooth, with mixer. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat egg, water, vinegar, oil and vanilla.
  4. Stir in dry ingredients, until smooth. Will be a tad runny. 
  5. Fill well greased mini muffin tins 3/4 to almost full (1/2 full if using medium size) . 
  6. Drop a 3/4  tsp of cheese filling in center of each mini cupcake. If using medium size cupcakes you can add a cherry beside the cream cheese filling or some chocolate chips.
  7. Bake mini muffins at 350ยบ F for 13 min ( medium size for 18 - 20 min). 
  8. Let cool in pans for 5 - 10 minutes before gently removing to wire rack. These freeze well.
  9. Serve with a dollop of cherry pie filling on top. 
You have several options:

1. Drop a dab of cherry pie filling in center, along with the cream cheese filling, before baking.
2. You can also add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the cheese filling if you like. (not shown)

3. Or bake with cream cheese only and  decorate with canned cherries, just before before serving.


  1. I wish I had a few of these right now to go with my coffee. They look so good.

  2. these look delicous sure to please my son in law thanks for sharing the recipe

  3. So beautiful and yammy.

  4. Great photo....the recipe sounds great....I will be trying these... :)

  5. I like the way this sounds and looks.I must try these real soon.

  6. Anneliese...I saw this picture and I just thot...this HAD to be you! Grin... GREAT cupcakes....I am definitely making these...this just says me all over! Just in time for Christmas goodies needed to bring here and there...and thanks to Monika for providing such a delicious recipe to you! I think we will all get great use out of this one!

  7. I think you just solved my Thanksgiving dessert dilemma!

    They look yummy!

  8. It's 6:30 as I look at this lovely picture and then smiled at seeing Charlotte ask for one at 5 in the morning .. .I'll have one too please .. .I'll have one too please ..and my coffee isn't even ready yet.

  9. Wow, these sound delicious and look beautiful too! Just a quick question: when you drop a tsp. of the cheesecake mixture onto the cupcakes, do you press it down at all or just leave it sitting right on top??


  10. All I can say..'I want one now'!!

  11. Just looking at the photo, I thought that I had missed First Event.
    Looks lovely and festive.
    A great addition for that festive occasion coming around the corner.

  12. Hi Bonnie . . . no I just drop the cheese on top and it kind of sinks into the batter.
    I was a bit concerned that the cherry on top would slide down,but it didn't... in fact I refrigerated the left over cupcakes in a sealed tupperware and they were just as good the next day!

  13. I've made these before and they are yummy! I didn't know about the cherry pie filling....great idea! Extra yummy!

  14. Oh boy these look great and I'm sure they taste great...

  15. Thank you for the recipe!! They look absolutely mouth watering delicious! :)

  16. Most yummy looking! I'll be back for this one.

  17. Wow that looks so so so so yummy..

  18. How festive looking!! Perfect for ANY special occassion.

  19. Simply have the touch with baking deserts and show casing them here. I hope to bake these over the holidays. Kathy

  20. ooo, I have never made these with the cherry pie filling. Adds a nice splash of color, especially for Christmas!

  21. My grandmother made these for every holiday. Several of my cousins and I have continued the tradition. I'd never seen the cherry pie filling version before. We always made ours with chocolate chips. I usually make massive batches of these and give away as christmas gifts. They freeze well. One thing that I have done to speed up the process is put the filling in a gallon ziploc bag, and the cake batter in another gallon ziploc bag. I make the mini version and just pipe all of the batter in and then all of the cream cheese mixture.

  22. Just took them out of the oven. . and now I have to wait until company arrives for Christmas eve. . they look wonderful.

  23. Oh my....did these ever turn out lovely! My staff were in awe of these....and I made a batch of very mini little cakes for a neighbour's 50th birthday party. They freeze well. Super.

  24. Well, well, well...I made these with the addition of the mini chocolate chips in the cream cheese mixture and took them to a 'cake walk' at my daughter's school...HUGE HIT!

    P.S. Only 39 of the 48 cupcakes made it to the cake walk...snicker snicker snicker.