The last time I remember making these I was 14…
I recall being amazed that there was vinegar in a cake recipe…seemed like a cool science experiment – combining vinegar and baking soda just like the lava you’d make for those paper maché volcanoes. No eggs, no baking powder, just a cool chemical reaction to make them rise. I did learn (the hard way) that once you mix the vinegar and the baking soda in the recipe the clock starts ticking, you only have so long to get them in the oven before the puffing power subsides. How long you ask? Not long enough to realize you are late for picking your daughter up from a birthday party, running to the mall to grab her, running home…approx. 30 min. They came out like dense little hockey pucks. So I mixed up another batch (the third in so many days.)
The first time I made them, I followed the old recipe card from my Mom’s recipe box – and they made 24 large cupcakes – more than I wanted to make. So, I set out to adjust the ingredients to make just 12 regular-sized cupcakes at a time. You could also make these as mini-cupcakes, but at the time I just couldn’t muster the patience for filling all those tiny little cups.
This is another recipe that originally came from my neighbor growing up, Joanne English. Thanks for sharing Mrs. English! She called them “Chocolate Cheese Cups.” I have also seen similar recipes called “Black Bottom Cupcakes.” They could just be called – “Chocolatey Cups of Heaven”