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Mini Black Bottoms – a deliciously moist and fudgy cake topped with cheesecake dough mixed with mini chocolate chips.
These Black Bottoms are very easy to make and travel well.
This time of year it seems like everybody’s having little gatherings, luncheons, Saturday night parties, church events and pot luck extravaganzas at the office. That’s where these fantastic little Mini Black Bottoms come in. They’re very easy to put together, bake, pack and share.
Just imagine a moist chocolate cake with a dollop of chocolate chip cheesecake in the middle. The cheesecake flavor comes through loud and clear while the mini chocolate chips add a little texture and an extra bite of chocolate.
These Mini Black Bottoms may not be super fancy, but oh my they are good … and perfect for any event, or any time of year.
It’s been YEARS since I’ve made these. When I say years, I mean more than 20, at least. Do you ever forget about old recipes and then one day it dawns on you that maybe your readers would love this recipe too?!
This recipe came from my sister-in-law’s best friend who ran a successful catering business for years.
I received this recipe back in the early 1980’s but forgot about them for a long time. These mini-black bottoms were always one of her most requested recipes and are perfect for all kinds of events.
I baked these in mini cupcake liners but they’re not necessary.
The Mini Black Bottoms hold together perfectly so as long as you pack them with wax or parchment paper between layers, they should do well. They bake up beautifully without the liners in mini-muffin tins. The paper liners just make you have to work that much harder before popping them in your mouth!
The chocolate cake recipe has a unique and surprising ingredient … vinegar!
Just like baking with buttermilk, vinegar does some amazing magic on these tiny bites. These chocolatey bites are moist and tender and oh so good!
Can you freeze mini black bottoms?
Flash freeze the mini cupcakes until frozen. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to one month. Thaw overnight and your’e good to go!
This recipe makes about 48 Mini Black Bottoms so there’s plenty to share, with a few extra to taste-test, and couple more to hide in the back of the refrigerator for later. Oh don’t forget to try one warm from the oven. You may just swoon! Be sure to PIN so you can find this recipe later when you need it!
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Mini Black Bottoms
For the cheesecake mixture:
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 1/4 cups)
For the chocolate cake mixture:
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a (24 count) mini-muffin pan with vegetable spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, blend together the cream cheese, egg, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, and salt until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
- In a clean medium mixing bowl, combine all the chocolate cake ingredients. Gently blend (using clean beaters or a wooden spoon) until the mixture is smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of the chocolate mixture into the wells of the muffin tin. Allow the chocolate "bottoms" to rest for 5 minutes. Scoop 1 teaspoon of the cheesecake mixture into the center of the chocolate cake.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done. Immediately remove the mini Black Bottoms from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter until all Black Bottoms are baked.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature or for longer storage, in the refrigerator.
Here are a few more easy recipes you might enjoy!
- Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Walnut Cookies
- No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars ~ from The View from Great Island
- Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies ~ from Pinch of Yum
I find myself looking for ways to use my mini muffin tin! Click on the photo for more information:
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Originally posted December 2016 – updated September 2018