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Geri’s Black Bottom Cupcakes

Last week I had lunch with my friend Geri.  She is a friend from a previous neighborhood where we lived here in Conover.  Geri is from Georgia and I always loved to hear about her experiences growing up in the Atlanta area.  Both of us have a love for cooking and I always enjoyed recipes and food that she shared with our family.  When we decided to have lunch together, I told her I wanted some family recipes that I could share on my blog.

Geri gave me this recipe for cupcakes and the moment I read it, I knew I wanted to make these for my grandchildren for Thanksgiving.  They are a little different from the traditional cupcakes with rich gooey icing but I still think they will like them. Geri lived in several different states in the Southeastern US during her married life and she told me she got this recipe when she lived in Westminster, MD in the early 80’s.

Black Bottom Cupcakes


Mix together 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, 1 unbeaten egg, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt and beat until smooth.  Add 6 ounces mini chocolate chips.

Sift together dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together: 1 cup water, 1/3 cup canola oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon vanilla and add to dry ingredients

Mix well.

Fill muffin cups 1/3 full with above chocolate batter, Top with heaping teaspoon cream cheese topping mixture; sprinkle granulated sugar on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Makes 18 cupcakes.

I have always thought Geri is a true Southern Lady.  She has always been kind, considerate and most of all a true friend.  It was so good to see her again and even though we haven’t lived next door in over eight years, we could still finish each others sentences.

I have another recipe Geri shared with me that I will share with you soon.  Thanks for stopping by.



2 responses »

  1. Long lasting friendships are such a treasure. These cupcakes sound wonderful.

  2. Yes, I treasure my friendships for sure. I can’t wait to make these for my grand kids for Thanksgiving


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