Sunday, May 15, 2011

Black-Bottom Cupcakes

So this week my brain decided to take a vacation and not tell my body.

I forgot sooo many things.  I'm not sure if it's funny or just sad.

Like ... I had to use a work vehicle Tuesday, and drive it home.  But I forgot to pick up MY car where I left it until the next day.

I prepared pork for the slow-cooker one morning, but I forgot to turn it on.

I went grocery shopping and forgot one of my bags at the store... and I didn't realize until I was already home so I had to drive back & "re-shop" the items they put back on the shelves.

I drove up with Mr. V to visit my grandmother Yaya Vittles in Connecticut, and I remembered to take my digital camera but I forgot to take the battery out of the charger in the wall.

I also made these cupcakes to bring her, but I forgot to put the sour cream in the chocolate batter.


Surprisingly, the cupcakes still came out pretty good.  So I'd say that with the sour cream they would probably be awesome.

Maybe you can remember to make them properly and let me know.

In other news - thankfully, I didn't forget to pick a giveaway winner of DIY Cocktails!  Congrats to All That's Left Are the Crumbs, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Black Bottom Cupcakes

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 3/4 C. sugar
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 large egg white, at room temperature
  • 1 T. + 1/3 C. sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/4 C. mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C. dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/8 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 4 T. butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2/3 C. water

Line a standard muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners, and preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position.

In bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with 1/4 C. of the sugar, and 1/8 t. of the salt until smooth (about 30 seconds).  Beat in egg white and 1 T. sour cream until combined, about 1 minute.  Stir in chips and set the filling aside.

Whisk remaining 1/2 C. sugar & 1/8 t. salt with flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder.  Make a well in the center of the bowl, and add remaining 1 T. sour cream along with vanilla, butter, and water.  Whisk until just combined.  Divide chocolate batter evenly among liners in tin, and top with 1 heaping tablespoon of filling.

Bake until tops of cupcakes just begin to crack, about 23-25 minutes.  Cool cupcakes in tins for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.  Cupcakes can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 2 days.  Makes 12.

Recipe Adapted from Cook's Country


  1. I hate it when I do stupid things. I do them way more frequently then I would like. I hope this week shapes up to be a bit better! The cupcakes must have helped. Yum!

  2. It is comforting to know that I am not the only forgetful soul around. Your cupcakes still turned out well. I will save the recipe and make it one day.

  3. These look great, I made something like this last week. Love the cream cheese/chocolate combo!

  4. Oh I love Black Bottom Cupcakes, so delish and fun looking!

  5. That is definitely a rough week. Such beautiful, rich cupcakes even with the missing ingredient. :)

  6. Your cupcakes look great and I'm certain taste that way too! Hopefully this week will be less crazy for you.

  7. I have been becoming SUPER forgetful too!!! These cupcakes look pretty awesome even without the sour cream!

  8. these look so good!

    haha what a week you;ve had! Ive days like that! cant imagine a week you poor thing! great excuse to take a real vacation!!!!! :)

  9. oh yum, these look fantastic. I came over from Homemaker on a Dime. They would work for my Treat Day Wednesday's, every Wednesday I bake for my kids!

  10. you hit the spot with this one.. just decadent, rich and perfect for a picnic - thanks for the great idea!

  11. This is so yummy! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  12. I love these cupcakes- I have made them with the sour cream and they are great. These remind me so much of high school. My friend and her mom used to make these like once a month!

  13. I was just as forgetful when I was pregnant! Are you preggo?! :)

    Beautiful cupcakes... even without the sour cream ;-)

  14. So glad I'm not he only one who suffers from that! Beautiful cakes!

  15. Oooh, you poor thing. Your week! I hope this week will be better :-) As for the cupcakes, they look pretty scrumptious to me!

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  17. Those cupcakes look delicious..I love your photos!Making me eat something sweet right now:)))

  18. Sounds like your brain is asking you to eat more sweet things containing cocoa to help its memory cells...whee! ;-)

  19. The cupcakes look amazing. Yummy! My brain often takes vacations as well. Before I forget, I also wanted to invite you to check out a giveaway on my blog for a 12 pack of Element Bars. Check it out here:

  20. So yummy goodie! Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

  21. These look awesome! You can't go wrong with sour cream. Ever.

  22. Sometimes are mistakes and our forgetting something results in a new recipe.

  23. This made me laugh! I've had weeks like that too. I just get so much on my mind that I end up forgeting everything! I've done the crockpot one and that definitely sucks!

  24. Ive had days like that too! These cupcakes look awesome even without the sour cream.

  25. You are not alone! I have done much worse :) Just last night, I took something out of the oven and forgot to turn the oven off. I didn't notice for three hours :D LOL... Those cupcakes look perfect! I would love one right now... yummy!

  26. I attribute my oopsies to being "Senior Moments"! And these cupcakes are yummy.

  27. wow, delicious! just wow. black bottom is always good but...
    yeah, i'm sticking with wow ;)
    thanks for sharing! an awesome post, as per usual. loves it :)

  28. What a week! At least your cupcakes turned out nice despite the missing ingredient. Looks like a great recipe.

  29. mmm, black bottom cupcakes are the best. i love your blog soo much!


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