Charitable Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

For some reason I’ve been finding it really hard to get motivated to blog on working days. I don’t know why this is, but I’m sure it will pass. The other negative effect of my new job is that I have less time and energy to cook lots of new things. As such, over the coming days I shall attempt to counter this blog-rot and start bringing you new and exciting savoury meals to try. However, baking is so therapeutic and relaxing it can be done whatever the situation, no matter how lacking in inspiration one finds oneself. Perhaps this is because with baking one generally follows a recipe so there is no real expectation of ingenuity where the base recipe is concerned.

These muffins came into existence thanks to a charitable venture on my behalf – to raise money in order to send my good friend Izzy, as well as 7 others, to Mongolia in order to ‘kick start a youth environmental movement’. In fact, I made both these and my lemon and poppy seed cupcakes, helping to raise untold amounts of money, somewhere in the region of tens of pounds. So when you all go away and bake these, because that is clearly the only logical outcome of my posting this recipe, please appreciate the wider importance of these muffins.

I’m afraid time is a little short today so wittering shall have to be kept to a minimum. One thing I would say about the muffin making process itself is to not over fill the paper cases; the mixture will rise too high and slide off in a sort of failed soufflé manner. Other than that these muffins are a bit of a no-brainer as long as one remembers to stick to the time-old muffin mantra: ‘A lumpy batter discounts the flatter.’ Alright, alright, I just invented that, but seriously, a slightly lumpy batter is desirable if one wants their muffins to be domed.

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

Makes 11-12


• 250g plain flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

• ½ tsp salt

• 4 tbsp cocoa

• 140g granulated sugar

• 1 egg

• 240ml milk

• 90ml oil

• 1tsp vanilla essence

• 85g cream cheese

• 2tbsp caster sugar


1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C and put paper cases in your muffin tin. Mix the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa, then stir in the granulated sugar.

2. In a separate bowl beat an egg, into this mix the milk, oil and vanilla essence. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry making sure there are no dry ingredients showing, though it should be left slightly lumpy.

3. In yet another bowl mix together the cheese and the caster sugar. Share out around half the mixture between the paper cases, place a teaspoon of the cheese mix onto the top of each and then top up with the rest of the muffin batter. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes and allow to cool before eating.

Cost: All of these muffins should take no more than around £1.50 to make which is pretty incredible! Just one of these would sell for between £2 and £2.50 in a café… bargain!

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49 comments on “Charitable Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

  1. mariekebal
    August 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Looks delicious!

  2. ceciliag
    August 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    blog-rot.. i love it!! c

  3. Christy/outofourmindstoyours
    August 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    These look great! I must try them soon!

  4. ChgoJohn
    August 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    These look delicious and, at that cost to make, they could be the star of any charity bake sale. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Janis
    August 26, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I can’t wait to try this.I love anything that has cream cheese. Thanks for posting this.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Let me know how they go! I’m a bit of a “cheesecake” fanatic…

  6. cookingcarmen
    August 26, 2011 at 1:24 am


  7. carosparro
    August 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Oh my goodness! These look incredible. I have to bake them this weekend. Thanks for the delicious post. Caro.

  8. duchessdiaries1
    August 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I’ll be making these at the weekend! Thanks for sharing. x

  9. Mahayana Mum
    August 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Will also be baking them this weekend.

  10. lambyknits01
    August 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    How can you go wrong with cheesecake and chocolate? These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. myamericanfitness
    August 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Oh boy, these look delicious! I’m going to have to experiment with the ingredients to see if I can omit sugar and oil! I’m thinking some candied ginger in the cream cheese! I wonder when I’ll stop craving ginger in it’s various forms? 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks! Give it a go and let me know! I love ginger too, not sure about ginger and chocolate though… I don’t think it goes particularly well.

      • myamericanfitness
        August 29, 2011 at 5:12 am

        I liked it in my ginger fig chocolate cake, so I’m hoping it will work out well here! Will let you know how it goes!!

  12. alexandra
    August 27, 2011 at 1:10 am

    These look REALLY good! I love cream cheese in baked goods. I’ll bookmark this to make, hopefully soon! By the way, I totally understand the way you talk about baking be therapeutic. I feel the same way.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Thanks! Let me know how they go 😀 It is, especially thing you have to knead.

  13. Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshair
    August 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    That sounds amazing! Cheesecake filling…omg, heaven!

  14. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    August 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Sitting down at the computer after work can be tough, but I do enjoy cooking to unwind. These look fantastic!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks so much. It can indeed, but I’m doing it now, so it’s not all that bad.

  15. pursuitofhealthfulness
    August 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    These look and sound awesome!

    I also like how you compare the price of making them vs. the price they would sell for! Very smart!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      It seems like the best way to justify what I make and how much I make them for. It;s also good to show people how much they can save. Thanks so much 😀

  16. spatulagoddess
    August 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Completely agree when you say, “baking is so therapeutic…” I bake to de-stress and I love it.

    Perusing your blog. These look great.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks, carry on perusing 😀 They were delicious.

  17. Lifestyle...Food...Fashion...
    August 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I lovvve chocolate muffins or cake. Will try this soon!!

  18. Alyson
    August 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I also have a hard time blogging after a long day of work. I was just looking for a muffin recipe for a little morning gathering. I may give this a try!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Please do, they were wonderful. They would go down a treat I’m sure. Let me know if you do!

  19. Jereme's Kitchen
    August 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    i know what you mean, but blogging can be such a nice way to unwind. when i get a good chunk of free time, i work on a couple of entries and schedule them to post later over the coming weeks. luv this recipe by the way

    • frugalfeeding
      August 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      It really can, sometimes. Thanks so much 😀 I tend to write entries and post them immediately.

  20. Alyson
    September 14, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I made them, yum! Thanks for sharing!

  21. veghotpot
    September 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    mmm wow these look delicious!! I will definitely try them :)

  22. Salty, Sweets 'n' Sneaks
    September 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Oh wow! Just saved this. Looks delicious!

  23. Lalichi
    September 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    These sound amazing! I will definitely have to try them some time along with the lemon poppy seed!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks for reading. Please let me know how they went.

  24. chabesquen
    November 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    These look really good! I may have to try and make a gluten free version.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      You should – if you do, I hope you enjoy them!

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