I have been using this same recipe for years, they turn out just perfect and are fast and easy to make. I am not a big fan of icing, so these are my favorite cupcakes...and they take less time than iced cupcakes.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Filling (recipe follows)
1-1/2 C sifted flour (whisk it if your lazy like me)
1 C Sugar
1/4 C unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 C water
1/3 C vegetable oil
1 Tbsp distilled vinegar
Preheat oven to 350°
Line cupcake tin with 18 liners. Prepare cream cheese filling and set aside.
Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl (I whisk it, I dont' sift)
In a small bowl, combine water, oil and vinegar and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture until well blended.
Half fill each lined muffin cup w/batter. Place a spoonful of cream cheese filling into center of batter in each cup.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 c sugar
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
Beat first three ingredients until smooth, fold in chocolate chips.