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Mini Black Bottoms

A delicious fudgy cake topped with a cheesecake dough mixed with mini chocolate chips. Very easy to make and super easy to eat!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 48
Author: Tricia


For the cheesecake mixture:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 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
  • 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.


I have one 24-count mini muffin pan. After baking the first batch, I cool the pan enough to pick up. I wipe out the cups with a paper towel, then redcoat the pan in vegetable spray to prevent sticking of the second batch. Continue with the remaining batter.
If using mini-paper liners, be sure to spray with vegetable cooking spray.