chocolate cream cheese cupcakes


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 :)

chocolate cream cheese cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

The best cupcakes to celebrate a special occasion!

Servings: 2 dozen
Calories: 268 kcal
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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pan by lining with muffin liners or by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Store in airtight container.
Recipe Notes

Source: Hershey's

Nutrition Facts
chocolate cream cheese cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 24g
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


Posted on January 31, 2012

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  1. 01/31/2012 at 6:27 am

    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. :)

    • 01/31/2012 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you for the birthday wishes!! :)

  2. 01/31/2012 at 6:49 am

    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!

    • 01/31/2012 at 3:59 pm

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

  3. 01/31/2012 at 8:35 am

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

    • 01/31/2012 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks! Eating does seem like a great gift ;)

  4. 01/31/2012 at 8:51 am

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

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:00 pm

      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 #

  5. 01/31/2012 at 8:56 am

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

  6. 01/31/2012 at 9:30 am

    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. ;)

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:00 pm

      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 ;)

  7. 01/31/2012 at 9:32 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Fabulous cupcakes!

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you, Amber!

  8. 01/31/2012 at 9:32 am

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

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:02 pm

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

  9. 01/31/2012 at 9:54 am

    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!

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:03 pm

      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!

  10. 01/31/2012 at 10:08 am

    Happy Birthday, sweet thang!!

  11. 01/31/2012 at 10:20 am

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

  12. 01/31/2012 at 10:24 am

    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!

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:04 pm

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

  13. 01/31/2012 at 10:32 am

    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!

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:04 pm

      Can’t WAIT for Saturday!!

  14. 01/31/2012 at 11:15 am

    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!

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:04 pm

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

  15. 01/31/2012 at 11:37 am

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

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:05 pm

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

  16. 01/31/2012 at 1:47 pm

    Happy birthday!!! :)

  17. 01/31/2012 at 1:54 pm

    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!

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:05 pm

      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 :)

  18. 01/31/2012 at 3:06 pm

    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!

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:06 pm

      What a sweet comment. Thank you!!

  19. Holy freaking cow these look incredible.

    • 01/31/2012 at 4:06 pm

      :) thanks! You should make some!!

  20. 01/31/2012 at 5:00 pm

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

    Have a Happy Birthday!

    : ))

  21. 01/31/2012 at 6:29 pm

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

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:18 am

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

  22. 01/31/2012 at 9:13 pm

    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??

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:19 am

      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!

  23. 01/31/2012 at 9:33 pm

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

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:19 am

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

  24. 01/31/2012 at 10:06 pm

    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!

  25. 01/31/2012 at 10:23 pm

    Love the cupcakes! Happy Birthday!

  26. 01/31/2012 at 10:24 pm

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

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:19 am

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

  27. 01/31/2012 at 11:05 pm

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

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:20 am

      Thanks, Tracey!!

  28. 02/01/2012 at 12:49 am

    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!

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:20 am

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

  29. goddessnene
    02/01/2012 at 1:39 am

    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.

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:22 am

      Thanks! And happy belated to you :)

  30. 02/01/2012 at 4:39 am

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

    • 02/01/2012 at 7:21 am

      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!

  31. 02/01/2012 at 8:41 am

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

  32. Jordan
    02/01/2012 at 9:50 am

    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!

  33. Jordan
    02/01/2012 at 9:51 am

    and happy birthday too! :)

  34. 02/01/2012 at 2:43 pm

    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! :)

  35. 02/02/2012 at 9:13 pm

    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!

  36. 02/06/2012 at 1:03 pm

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

  37. 02/13/2012 at 2:03 am

    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!

  38. 06/29/2012 at 1:30 pm

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

  39. Chichi
    01/10/2016 at 12:34 am

    the recipe has no eggs? thanks :)

    • Julie
      01/10/2016 at 7:38 am

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

      • Chichi
        01/10/2016 at 6:41 pm

        OH sorry thank you! :)

  40. vicky
    04/17/2016 at 9:43 am

    When do i add mini chocolate chip?

    • Julie
      04/17/2016 at 11:11 am

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

  41. Megan
    07/24/2016 at 9:34 pm

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

    • Julie
      07/25/2016 at 6:14 am

      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.

  42. Barbara Frack
    08/11/2016 at 12:10 pm

    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.

  43. Sherrie
    11/07/2017 at 4:32 pm

    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
      11/07/2017 at 5:22 pm

      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.

  44. Chaney
    06/25/2018 at 8:48 pm

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

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