Cheesecake Chocolate Cupcakes are packed with luscious chocolate and filled with a creamy, tangy surprise on the inside. These are not your average chocolate cupcakes.

Cheesecake chocolate cupcakes on a servings tray

Cupcakes can be so hit or miss. In most cases, they are completely dry and have an underwhelming dollop of whipped cream on top. Oftentimes, you can lick the whipped cream off the top and throw the cake portion to the side. Pretty disappointing if you ask me.

These cupcakes prevail against all odds due to one, shining star ingredient: cream cheese. Piped directly into the center of the cupcake, the cream cheese filling spread creates an unparalleled moistness and texture. Get ready to have all your notions of cupcakes be turned upside down.

Cheesecake Chocolate Cupcakes: The Low Down

  • Flavor: It’s all about how the chocolate and cream cheese compliment one another. The cocoa powder makes the cake rich, the chocolate chips add the necessary texture, and the cream cheese ties everything together. The end result is a perfectly balanced cupcake that will have you questioning why you ever went the store bought route.
  • Texture: The best cupcakes are dense, not airy. What sets this recipe apart from the rest is the moisture that gets locked into the batter.
  • Time: No mixer required. This recipe comes together in a jiff and requires little to no baking expertise.

How to Make Cheesecake Chocolate Cupcakes

Despite how impressive they look, these cupcakes are super simple to make. Follow the instructions below to nail the recipe every time.

  • Combine cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix in water, oil, and vinegar.
  • Fill muffin cups halfway with batter. Top each with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and place on wire rack.
  • Combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar until fluffy.
  • Fill piping bag with mixture and top cupcakes as you wish.

Tips for the Best Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are undoubtedly easy, but follow the tips below to make them that much more full proof.

  • Room temperature butter & cream cheese. Save your forearms the trouble and bring both the cream cheese and butter to room temperature for easy stirring.
  • Don’t over fill. A small dollop goes a long way. Don’t over do it with the cream cheese filling, or risk misshapen cupcakes.
  • Don’t over mix. Overmixing the batter can cause it to lose its signature fluffiness.
  • Measuring matters. When it comes to baking, measuring matters. Do your due diligence and measure each ingredient carefully. This will make all the difference when it comes to texture and moistness.
baked chocolate cupcakes on a cooling rack

Tips on Decorating Cupcakes

Now is the time to get creative. Follow the below tips to create cupcakes that look too pretty to eat.

  • Pick the right tip. So many tips, so little time. Choose whichever piping tip you like.
  • Wax on, wipe off. Don’t like your cupcake topping? Simply whip off the cream and start over again.
  • Keep your cream cold. Store your cupcakes in the refrigerator to prevent the cream cheese topping from melting.


What makes a cupcake moist and fluffy?

The white vinegar makes the cake super moist, but the cream cheese filling brings it home. The combination of the two will create the best texture possible.

Why do cupcakes shrink/sink after baking?

A high liquid content will make your cupcakes expand and shrink. Not to worry – this is a natural process and it means your cupcakes will turn out dense and luscious.

Can you freeze cheesecake cupcakes?

Absolutely! These cupcakes are perfect for freezing to enjoy later. When you’re ready to eat, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Warm in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and enjoy.

cupcake in a serving tray

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.