||Cream Cheese Filling
Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and sugar, creaming until light and fluffy. Add egg and salt, beating well.
Black Bottom Cupcakes
Combine flour, soda, salt, cocoa and sugar, mixing well with a spoon or fork. Do not use a mixer. Stir in water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin tins, filling 2/3 full, no more. For regular size cupcakes, add 1 heaping teaspoon of cream cheese filling, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. They won’t brown, maybe just a tinge. Cool in pan 1 minute, then remove to rack to cool. Yield: about 24 regular size cupcakes. For mini-cupcakes, add 1 scant teaspoon of filling, sprinkle with mini chips and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.