Vinegar in cupcakes? You say, "why?"
Baking soda makes cupcakes rise; however, it only starts to work when it comes in contact with an acidic ingredient, such as buttermilk, lemon juice or vinegar. Baking soda reacts with acidic ingredients to make bubbles that help the cake to rise. It gives these cupcakes a deep flavor and you will not notice a hint of vinegar after they are baked.
The sinful top of these cupcakes is so mouthwatering delicious that I’d actually just like to forget about the bottoms. These little gems are made of a creamy cheesecake top layer filled with chocolate chips and a bottom chocolate cake-like layer ~ nice and rich and gooey when baked together!
|Half covered with that great top|
They lack frosting which makes them great to carry since they won’t stick to anything and become messy. Black bottoms are rich, moist and cheesy, what could taste better in a cupcake?
Ingredients for the cream cheese topping:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 large egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini-chocolate chips
Ingredients for the cupcake bottom:
1½ cups flour
1 cup sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup water
½ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line mini-muffin tins with paper liners.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup of the sugar and ¼ teaspoon of salt in a large bowl until creamy.
Stir in chocolate chips.
In a second large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, remaining cup of sugar and ½ teaspoon salt. Add the oil, vinegar, vanilla and 1 cup water, and mix until fully incorporated.
Spoon enough of the chocolate batter into each cup so that they are filled halfway (about 2 level teaspoons each). Top each with a rounded teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture, gently spreading it over the chocolate.
Bake until the cupcakes are puffed and barely golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
Makes 5 dozen
They are over-the-top and bottom delicious!
Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips on Tuesday’s and good and easy recipes every Friday!