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Otherwise known as the BIG C cupcake, this <<inhales>> CheesecakeChocolateCinnamonCoffeeCupcake <<whew>> is also Crazy Crave-worthy.

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Cheesecake-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes w/Coffee Cinnamon Frosting
Yield: 15 cupcakes
Cupcake recipe adapted from Allrecipes
Self-filled cupcake ingredients:
  • 1  cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, pour hot water over cocoa and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, then add to wet ingredients alternately with cooled cocoa liquid. Mix until all ingredients are all just incorporated and smooth; your mixture will be relatively thin, and this is perfect!
  3. To make cheesecake mix: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add egg, vanilla, and cinnamon; mix until well-incorporated. Set aside.
  4. Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin and fill each liner about 1/3 of the way with batter. Carefully pour a small teaspoonful of cheesecake batter in (recipe below). Pour additional cupcake batter on top until the liner is 2/3 full; the easiest way to make sure your cheesecake batter doesn't leak is if you pour the cupcake batter over it in one smooth sweep. (A slow pour will give the cheesecake time to ooze outwards.) Bake in preheated oven for 14-17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Coffee Frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons brewed coffee, cooled
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon instant ground coffee, crushed into fine powder (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon coffee, and cinnamon. Mix together, then add additional coffee as necessary to thin out your frosting and reach desired consistency. (Adding the crushed instant ground coffee adds additional coffee flavor without thinning out your frosting too much. Add more to taste if you like!)

Note: If you want to add a nice chocolate drizzle to your cupcakes, simply melt 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter on the stovetop on medium-low heat. Make sure you watch your chocolate carefully and stir frequently to keep it from burning!


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 29th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
A truly decadent cupcake recipe. :) I know it as the Black Bottom Cheesecake with mini chocolate chips stirred into the cheesecake topping but the addition of cinnamon and the chocolate drizzle on top takes it over the top.
Oct. 30th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Yes, I believe they're pretty much the same--those are some jolly good additions though!
Oct. 30th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
I agree. Great stuff there. The best elements of cupcakes and cheesecake combined. :)

Edited at 2012-10-30 05:24 am (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
O.M.G. *drools*

There are a few foods that I truly get excited about and this recipe hit almost every one. I'd probably add a little bit of pumpkin to make the orgasm complete, though! Thanks for the recipe. :D
Oct. 30th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Oh, me too! Go for it--and you let me know how that goes, because that sounds decadent.
Mar. 29th, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hey, so I know this recipe was from awhile ago, but I'd saved it to make later... question: how cinnamony do they come out tasting? I wanted to make them for a friend's birthday, but he only likes minimal cinnamon, not overwhelming... so I figured I'd ask!! thanks!
Mar. 30th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
Hi! The cinnamon taste is not at all strong--in fact, feel free to omit it if you prefer. Enjoy!
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