Black Bottom Babycakes

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome to the 10's everyone! We made it! This decade is going to be roarin', I just know it. Let's all bob our hair!

I'm sad that the holidays are over, and everyone is on diets now. That's not any fun. January is kind of a depressing month, isn't it? Except for birthdays, the super bowl, and snow.

January and February are our slow months at work, so I've been laid off a couple of shifts. This means I'll have more time to blog and bake, and that makes me very happy. But I have to be careful with the baking and not go overboard. Maybe I'll blog more about randomness or savory food. We'll see.

Mom's chocolate-coffee torte thing was fabulous. The carrots were good too. I love carrots and Sun Chips.

But the best thing there to eat were the Chicken in a Biskits and Wheat Thins. But where were the Bugles? Hmmm.

I received a $20 gift card from C&H/Domino on Christmas Eve. Here is what the deal was - you had to blog about and make something on their website for the holidays, and use the gift card to buy ingredients. Well, I didn't have time to make something until yesterday, because I was caught up in all kinds of holiday hullabaloo, so I'm sorry for the delay, C&H/Domino.

I poked around their website and had a tough time deciding on what to make. I'm a very indecisive person, so I ended up asking Eric what I should bake.

He picked Black Bottom Cupcakes. I thought that was an excellent idea; I've never baked anything black-bottomed before. :)

There's not much to the recipe - I looked at it and got worried. It didn't seem interesting enough and I was tempted to add other ingredients. But I resisted and followed the recipe exactly. Well, except I baked the cupcakes in a mini muffin pan, because mini cupcakes are so cute!

These babycakes don't need any frosting, trust me. They're so good on their own! The muffin tin is filled with chocolate batter, then spoonfuls of sweetened cream cheese with chocolate chips are dropped into the centers and baked. I baked the babycakes for a shorter amount of time than regular cupcakes - 10-15 minutes.

Okay, now I'm going to focus on creating healthier, lighter desserts and baked goods for you. You could make and eat these if you're on a diet, I guess. You just have to only eat one. But that's pretty hard to do...

44 comments on "Black Bottom Babycakes"
  1. Yum, Yummy Yummier!!! I love those. They look like little cheesecakes.

    I think you have made black-bottomed stuff. Didn't you once make a pecan pie with chocolate on the bottom crust or am I thinking of another amazing baker?

  2. They turned out perfectly! Happy New Year to you!

  3. My, those do look good. But what I really want is a recipe for that drink! I'm intrigued! :D

  4. ooh la la! i've never made black-bottomed anything. sounds and looks fab

  5. Wowwweeee those looks good! I have never made anything black bottomed either, but I think I should. Soon.

    And hope you had a good New Year! Looks like there was plenty of great food! Chicken in a biscuit... mmmmm

  6. YUMM!!
    YOU are so freaking cute
    i think ive told u this before but i LOVEEE your hair!
    those chicken biscuits crackers things taste EXACTLY like chicken biscuits! its totally weird!

  7. A grand recipe this is!!

    I will make these soon,...Thanks!

  8. Can you believe that I have never tried black bottom cupcakes?? These are delish, I'm sure!

    You are so cute! xx

  9. Oh those look so good! I think I could easily eat at least 6! What a great feast of food you all had. Everything looked so pretty. I know what you mean about being careful not to bake too much. I have a habit of baking way more than I cook, but it can get very fattening!!! But I'd rather bake than cook. I'm sure it's because I'd rather eat cake and cookies than anything else!

  10. Those cupcakes look divine! Plus they're mini so you know one is fine! Happy New Year! x x

  11. I was wondering about the "Pizza Dip" Will Mom share that recipe?

  12. what a spread! and ah, yes, bugles and chickin in a biskit were staples of my childhood. i miss them.
    your little babycakes are beautiful. the black-bottomed creation is always a winner.

  13. January is depressing! It's so cold and now the gym is PACKED. I still love baking some nice comfort food but I'll be super curious to see some lighter recipes from you that I can try out :)

  14. mmm sometimes the simple recipes are the best! happy new year!

  15. chicken in a biscuit! those are a serious weakness for me. so salty good aren't they? haven't had them in ages.
    happy new year to you too.

  16. Super looking holiday spread, Emily! How about sharing your mother's recipe for her torte?

    And your little cheesecakes are adorable.

    We had bellinis around here. Too many.

  17. This post made me so happy. My mom bakes Black Bottom cupcakes every year for the holidays, and I used to love eating them fresh from the oven when the chocolate chips were still melted, but the rest of my family preferred them cold. Weirdos.

    Happy New Year to a fellow lover of crackers that taste like chicken. Scary concept for some. ;)

  18. Hi. I've been following your blog for awhile, but haven't commented until now. (Why not? No idea!) I found your blog from my friend Sue's blog (foodnetworkmusings), and love reading about all your baking adventures. I recently got rave reviews for the recipe you gave for the bread with peanut butter, chocolate chips, cocoa, etc. (can't remember the exact name, but it was REALLY good!) I have a running blog, and am adding your blog to my list of suggested blogs so that other runners can read more about baking!

    Happy New Year!

  19. I've been reading and enjoying reading about your baking adventures for awhile, but haven't commented until now (Why not? no idea!) I first found your blog on my friend Sue's blog (foodnetwork musings). I have a running blog, and am adding a link to your blog on my page, so that other runners can read your delicious recipes! Happy New Year, and happy baking!


  20. oops! didn't mean to post twice. I didn't realize the first time you had to approve posts, so I thought the first one didn't go through. Sorry - I am a dork!

  21. Glad you had a fun New Year! These cupcakes sound cupcakes are so fun.

  22. No Bugles? Maybe it's a blessing in disguise. Those things are filled with fat and calories (precisely why they're so good).

    I love your cakes and your drink. Will Mom share the mocha cake recipe?

  23. I love mini muffin tins, I got one for E and it so cute! Great job! Awesome Happy New year Em!

  24. I have never made anything black bottomed either! ;) These look yummy and I, too, love minis!

    Having a giveaway on my blog today! Check it out.

  25. These look delicious! I love the fact that they need no icing, too.

    Happy New Year, Em!

  26. LOL, I know not challenge you if you say you can balance on one leg, on a step stool, with a drink in your hand. :)

    Sweet looking babycakes!

  27. Oh wow, Those look fantastic. Im such a huge fan. you make the most delcious looking food! Sounds like you had one awesome New years too girl! That drink sounds awesome. Looks like you had a ton of fun!! I hope you are having a great day!!!

  28. They look really good. I love mini cupcakes... but like you say it is hard to just eat one.

  29. you love bugles?

    i love bugles!

    we are kindred spirits over bugles.

    makes me so happy.

    i dont. get. how you are so thin. and you bake and make all these yummy things. it's a gift. you lucky girl.

    enjoy your bugles. xooox

  30. These look delish! I am fascinated by black bottom anything, because it is not something we are familiar (or have heard of!) with in Oz.

  31. Great choice on the cupcakes, I dig anything without frosting for the most part.

    Man the spread of food you guys always have is nuts. Well veggies, and bugles too :)

  32. MMM those look so good! Glad to hear you had a nice NYE :-D

  33. well those cupcakes look delightful. i've had the black botttom cupcakes from Starbucks and they are good! i'm sure yours are better though :)

    And as far as the 'never baked anything with a black bottom' statement, i feel as if everyone has ended up burning the bottoms of cookies at least once before. HA, some more than others! (myself).

  34. they look killer delicious & so preety!!now i hope we get sweetened cream cheese out here :)
    Compliments of the season :)

  35. ooh, good choice! i've never made anything black-bottomed, either. maybe i'll have ot change that ;)

  36. Quite a spread at Mom's! Cup cakes looked great- open that Bakery you should have!

  37. These black bottom baby cakes look so very yummy. No, I could not each just one. The photos are great and how cute r you!! It does not look like you eat too many cupcakes girl!!
    I never have tried the chicken flavored crackers....think i'll stick with the baby cakes!!

  38. These look great! Like little cream cheese brownie muffins!

  39. What a great NYE spread! That drink you made sounds great too...yum! I also have to confess that I love chicken in a biscuit crackers! I also love buggles. Put them on my fingers and pretend I have long pointed fingers...haha.

    Now onto these cupcakes. Adorable!!! I have never made black bottomed stuff either. I should give it a whirl :)

  40. Thanks everyone!

    Sue, I remember now. I made a cherry pie with a chocolate pastry crust. Is that considered black bottom?

    Ktbwood, thank you!

    Aww Heather! That's a sweet memory.

    Hi Ginny, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed the bread. I'll have to check out your blog soon.

    Linda, I won't. :)

    Nikki, how true is that?!! Good point.

    Nutmeg Nanny, I do the very same thing. :)

    Ted & others,

    I asked my mom for the recipes and she said she got them from a Southern Living cookbook. That's all I could find out from her. I did a little research and I think I found the recipes:

    Pizza Dip:

    Mocha Mouse Torte:

  41. Did anybody have problems with the chocolate chips sinking to the bottom of the cupcake and getting stuck on the liner? They tasted amazing, and I found myself with a spoon scraping the rest off the bottom!!

  42. We makes these in our family too. I think we described them as "bad-ass cakes"! They are delicious and I don't know anyone that has not appreciated their tastiness. Great for kids and love that they don't require frosting. Good for these hot climates to take places. I'm going to adopt your mini cake pan idea. Less calories and less guilt. And believe, I have a lot of guilt!! Thanks Emily xx