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    Chocolate Cream Cupcakes for my 25th Birthday.

    chocolate cream cheese cupcakes

    Today is my birthday. I’m officially in my mid-twenties. It’s my quarter century, y’all.

    chocolate cream cheese cupcakes

    So as conceited as it may be, I baked myself cupcakes and decided to gift y’all with them.

    chocolate cream cheese cupcakes

    And these aren’t just any regular cupcakes. These are my favorite cupcakes in the entire world. Yes, this is a contender to my favorite flavor, red velvet. You know what that means. These are THAT good.

    I mean, just look at them. They’re oozing with chocolate and cream cheese. They’re so super moist on the inside too. So sinful. And so appropriate for a birthday celebration.

    Did you know me and N*SYNC hottie, JT, share the same bday? Yup. I’m super-duper cool. OH, and guess who else? Give up? JULIE from The Little Kitchen and I not only share the same names, we share the SAME FREAKING BIRTHDAY too (oh, and we’re both Asian — coincidence??) !! Yeah, this revelation had us thinking “are we in the twilight zone?” So, go tweet at her & wish her a happy freaking birthday! Happy birthday Julie!!

    I had these cupcakes years ago, in high school, and I told myself I was going to make them. I got the recipe from my friend and it was forever lost in my inbox. Then Saturday evening rolled around and I suddenly thought of these cupcakes. I had all the ingredients so I woke up early Sunday morning and baked my little heart out. These cupcakes make me so happy :) they’re so decadent and perfect. Want to know my birthday wish? For you to go make these :)

    5 from 1 vote

    chocolate cream cheese cupcakes

    The best cupcakes to celebrate a special occasion!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 25 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 dozen
    Calories: 268kcal
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    For the filling

    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 egg
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

    For the cupcakes

    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 cups of water
    • 2/3 cups vegetable oil
    • 2 tbsp white vinegar
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pan by lining with muffin liners or by spraying with cooking spray.
    • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the ingredients for the filling (except the chocolate chips) until light and fluffy. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add in the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract. With a whisk or wooden spoon, mix together the dry with the wet ingredients until well combined.
    • Fill muffin cups with 2/3 full of batter then spool 1 level tbsp. of filling into the center of each cupcake. Repeat until all batter and filling have been used up.
    • Bake 20-25 minutes or until cake portion comes out clean with a toothpick. Let cupcakes cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
    • Store in airtight container.


    Source: Hershey's
    Nutrition Facts
    chocolate cream cheese cupcakes
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 268 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Carbohydrates 38g13%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 24g27%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) says:

    Happy Birthday! I stumbled across your blog when someone wished you a happy birthday on twitter, and I am so glad I did. These cupcakes look absolutely amazzzzing. :)

    • Julie says:

      Thank you for the birthday wishes!! :)

  • Kathryn says:

    These cupcakes look like a perfect way to celebrate your birthday ! I love that cream cheese filling – I’ve got to make some cupcakes for my friend’s engagement party in a couple of weeks and I’m so making these!

    • Julie says:

      Please let me know if you make them! They’d be perfect for the engagement party :)

  • Samantha says:

    Happy Birthday, Lady! Cupcakes are a great bday gift to yourself.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks! Eating does seem like a great gift ;)

  • Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIE!!!! These cupcakes look dreammyyyyy. I want to eat one right now with you. Cheers lovely!

    • Julie says:

      Well, I still have probably 1.5 dozen so if you really do want one, you should swing by my place after work :) let me know! you know my #

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! The cupcakes look delicious! I normally like my cupcakes loaded with frosting but I could get into these!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Gaaah so much yum. These are a fantastic birthday treat!! I hope you have a wonderful day–eat one or three or twelve of these. ;)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Tara — I could probably eat 12 of these…who’s counting? I’ll just shove them in my mouth and pretend I did nothing wrong. It’s my birthday, after all ;)

  • Amber @ Amber's Confections says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Fabulous cupcakes!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Amber!

  • Megan @Country Cleaver says:

    1) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEAUTIFUL!! I hope 25 is even better than 24.
    2) I need a stack of these cupcakes, STAT!! :)

    • Julie says:

      1. THANKS MEGAN! <3
      2. Haha, I wish you could just come overrrr..we need to be neighbors :)

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    First of all, Happy Birthday! I feel so old saying this but enjoy 25! It was one of my favorite years in my 20’s (says the girl with less than 3 months left in the decade)
    Secondly, OMG I want these! That second picture is gorgeous. Makes me want to jump into the screen!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Gina! I sure hope 25 is a great year to remember. I have a feeling it is ;) I wish I could give you some of these cupcakes!

  • Bev Weidner says:

    Happy Birthday, sweet thang!!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, lover!

  • Julia says:

    These look awesome and are the perfect bday treat! Have a wonderful day :)

    • Julie says:

      Thank you :)

  • Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk says:

    Happy Birthday you young chickadee! I need to use up all of my food/baking goods before I move, so perfect timing, I’m going to give these a try!

    • Julie says:

      Awesome! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have :) good luck with your move!!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    happy, happy birthday, friend! hope 25 is a fabulous year for you. can’t wait to cheers with you this weekend! oh, + these cupcakes? they look insanely delicious. YUM!

    • Julie says:

      Can’t WAIT for Saturday!!

  • Happy Birthday! When I turned 25 I told my dermatologist I was having a quarter life crisis and asked what I should do to prevent aging! I think she thought I was crazy! These cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie says:

      Haha, hopefully I’ll be ok…thanks! :)

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    Yum, what a perfect birthday treat. Enjoy and happy, happy birthday love!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Cassie and thanks for that sweet text message this morning. Can’t wait to see you sometime :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Happy birthday!!! :)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks! :)

  • JulieD says:

    Happy Birthday, Julie!!! :D Thanks for the shout out. We were thinking the same thing…chocolate!! Hope your day is sweet and can’t wait to meet you in March!

    • Julie says:

      I can’t wait to meet you in March either!! Thanks for everything you’ve done so far. Enjoy your chocolate! Have some for me :)

  • Simply Tia says:

    Wishing you all the great things in life Julie. I hope this day will bring you an extra share of all that makes you happiest. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    These cupcakes look fabulous. Perfect way to celebrate your quarter century!

    • Julie says:

      What a sweet comment. Thank you!!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Holy freaking cow these look incredible.

    • Julie says:

      :) thanks! You should make some!!

  • Jen @ pretty plate says:

    These look so delicious! Can’t wait to try them.

    Have a Happy Birthday!

    : ))

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Jen! :)

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchin says:

    Happy birthday!!! These are one of my fave cupcakes too. They look delicious!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Maggie! These cupcakes are definitely my top favs :)

  • Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GORGEOUS!! 25 huh?? When I hit 25 (only 3 years ago) I had a slight mental breakdown. Scared for what 30 brings! *Yikes!* ;-) These cupcakes look phenomenal! Can I come by to celebrate and eat with you??

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Katie! I hope to see you at FBF Orlando in March! Embrace 30 :) but I know what you mean, I’ll probably freak out too lol..and yes, I’d LOVE for you to come by and celebrate & eat with me :) door’s open!

  • Krissys Creations says:

    Happy Birthday Julie!!!!! I will definitely make these cupcakes, thats for sure :)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Krissy! I hope you make them and enjoy them as much as I did :)

  • myfudo says:

    Perfect cupcakes! Enjoy your special day…I am bookmarking this recipe because this will have to be the next birthday cupcakes I will have. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!

  • Maria says:

    Love the cupcakes! Happy Birthday!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Maria!!

  • Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark says:

    These look absolutely fabulous! Happy birthday—25 was a great year for me, hope you have an awesome one :)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Tiffany! I hope it’s an awesome one too :)

  • Tracey says:

    Happy Birthday Julie! I hope you had a great day :) Your cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Tracey!!

  • Deborah says:

    Happy, happy birthday!! I hope you’ve had a wonderful day! These cupcakes look so good – they remind me of a cupcake my mom would make growing up. Yum!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Deborah :) those dishes/desserts are always the best when they remind you of childhood!

  • goddessnene says:

    Happy Birthday Julie, I hope u enjoyed ur day and enjoy ur whole year. Those cupcakes look amazing and I’m totally going to try them my girls will looooove them. By the way I’m aquarius too my birthday was the 29th.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks! And happy belated to you :)

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    Happy Birthday, Julie! Those cupcakes look like the absolutely perfect way to celebrate. Now, if only I had a similar excuse…

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Skye :) hehe, you don’t need an excuse to make these :) or if you want one, your excuse could be it’s the first day of February so you must bake!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    I want 10 of these cupcakes! Hope you had a great day yesterday:-)

  • Jordan says:

    I am SO EXCITED!! My mom used to make these all the time when I was younger, and they are my favorite cupcake. She said she couldn’t remember where she got the recipe or how she made them though. I tried one I found on the internet a while ago, but they didn’t come out quite right. I can’t wait to try these! :) Thanks!

  • Jordan says:

    and happy birthday too! :)

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Happy (day late) Birthday! Glad your dessert turned out better than mine, lol! So many blogger birthdays this time of year! Us Aquarians know food! :)

  • Betty says:

    I wouldn’t want to disappoint you since it’s your birthday and all, so I guess I’ll just have to make these. :) Hope you had a happy day!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Happy Birthday, sweetness! I didn’t know you & The LIttle Kitchen had the same bday! Fun!! :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I was inspired by your cupcakes so for this week’s Muffin Monday, I added the cheesecake filling right into them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Anna Victoria says:

    I found the recipe to these on another website and tried them out! Here’s my experience with them:

  • Chichi says:

    the recipe has no eggs? thanks :)

    • Julie says:

      It has 1 egg. Please re-read the recipe is in there!

      • Chichi says:

        OH sorry thank you! :)

  • vicky says:

    When do i add mini chocolate chip?

    • Julie says:

      In step 2 it says after you beat the ingredients together to gently fold in the chocolate chips.

  • Megan says:

    I am a little confused, your recipe says at the top that the yeild is 2, two cupcakes, two dozen cupcakes? Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Hi, sorry. When I converted my recipes to a new plugin this year, it didn’t bring over everything. Thanks for pointing that out. It’s 2 dozen.

  • Barbara Frack says:

    I made these last night for my son’s rehearsal dinner tonight. I was worried about the 2 cups of water, but these turned out great. Ran out of the filling before the chocolate cake batter. Just made some plane chocolate and they are yummy as well. Used a less salt and made minnie cup cakes. Nice and moist. Great flavor.

  • Sherrie says:

    Your recipe has two listings of sugar, one says granulated sugar and the other one just states sugar. Is there a difference or is it the same kind? Also, reading the ingredient list and your instructions it is not clear what ingredients are specifically for the filling versus the rest of the cupcake. I’m assuming bullet points 1-4/5 are the filling and the rest are the cupcake batter but for those still new to baking further clarification would be helpful in the future. Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the feedback. Wrote this back in 2012 when I first started blogging so I agree, ingredients and instructions were horribly written. I will go update now.

  • Chaney says:

    Can anyone tell me why when I make these my cream cheese mixture sinks?

  • Kelli says:

    My family loves these cupcakes! I had made them many times and I currently making them for my daughters baby shower. I also top them with hersheys chocolate frosting that’s on the back of the box. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Great to hear! Thank you!

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