Tuxedo Cupcakes for Dad


This is one of those recipes that couldn’t be simpler, but the final product is so much more than the sum of its humble parts. We call these tuxedos for their black and white color scheme, but I swear sometimes the cream cheese forms a pattern on the top that looks just like a tux.

More commonly known as black bottom cupcakes, these are delicious enough to serve for company but not too snooty to scarf down as a midnight snack (as I’m doing right now…nom nom nom).

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads in your life!

p.s. Did I ever tell you that Jeff doesn’t really like chocolate? So I’m off to find something lemon to make. (I know, how did I ever agree to marry someone who doesn’t like chocolate?)

Tuxedo Cupcakes for Dad

Tuxedo Cupcakes for Dad

Ingredients

Use the mini-chocolate chips here; regular sized are too big. This chocolate cupcake base is one of my favorites -- moist and tender with a nice hit of cocoa.

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 egg, room temperature

1/3 cup plus 1 cup granulated sugar, divided

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners.

Beat cream cheese, egg, and 1/3 cup sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Stir in the chocolate chips. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center, and add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix just until blended.

Fill each muffin cup one-third full with the chocolate batter. Top with a spoonful of cream cheese mixture, until cups are about two-thirds full. DO NOT OVERFILL OR THESE WON'T LOOK AS PRETTY. (Trust me, I've tried.) Bake 22 to 28 minutes, until the tops spring back lightly when touched.

Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 24 cupcakes.

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