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postheadericon Black Bottom Cupcakes

Growing up in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, bake sales were a “thing” in the Coal Region.  One of the go-to methods to raise money for new band uniforms, the football team, the scouts, class projects, or church fundraising, they seemed to be on every corner or in the front of every local department store every Saturday morning.

One of my favorites was the Black Bottom Cupcake.  Rich, brownie-like cake inside which a sweet cream cheese and chocolate chip “dollop” rested just waiting to blend together in every bite.  Oh, if only I had a dollar for every one of these I savored…

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black bottom cupcake recipe
Black Bottom Cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
Servings
18 cupcakes
black bottom cupcake recipe
Black Bottom Cupcakes
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Servings
18 cupcakes
Servings
18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Cake Batter
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin tins with paper or foil cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy. Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the center and add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir together until well blended. Fill muffin tins 1/3 full with the batter and top with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
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postheadericon Bleenies

These are a staple at church picnics and block parties in the Coal Region. Like potato salad recipes, every body’s is a little different than every body else’s.

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aka Potato Pancakes
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aka Potato Pancakes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze dry.
  2. Mix potatoes (except salt) and all other ingredients together.
  3. Add oil to large frying pan, about 1/2 inch deep in pan. On medium high heat, scoop a couple tablespoons of the pancake mixture into pan and flatten with the back of a spoon. (Amount depends on the size of the pancakes you want) Fry until brown on one side, flip, brown on the other. Make sure potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Drain on paper towels. Salt now to taste. Hold warm in 200F oven if desired.
  5. Some people put vinegar on before eating, others smear on some grape or strawberry jelly, some eat with sour cream and/or apple sauce.
Recipe Notes

 

Feel free to adjust the seasoning or additions to your own taste. I grate a rib of celery into my potato mix, and I squeeze the excess liquid from the shredded potatoes before mixing. Salting after they are removed from the oil rather than adding salt to the batter results in less unwanted liquid forming in the mix as it sits awaiting frying.

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