Preheat oven to 325F. (170 Celsius or Gas Mark 3) Line muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray with canola oil.
Sift flour, unsweetened cocoa, salt, sugar and baking soda together.
Add canola oil, water, vinegar and vanilla and combine with mixer.
For the filling:
Cream the sugar, cream cheese, salt and egg together. After smooth, add the chocolate chips, set aside.
Fill the muffin tins two thirds full of batter.
Top each with a heaping teaspoon of cream cheese mixture.
Bake for about 20 minutes. Test as you would for a cake. This recipe makes about twice as much filling as you will need so consider making 2 batches and inviting your friends over for coffee or tea and cupcakes.
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