Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes

A recipe from Eleanor, one of my mother's oldest and dearest friends, who made these for every birthday party or holiday. She had great style and the coolest dog, a wiener dog with the unlikely name of Frida. She and these cupcakes were always my favorites. I didn't get to see her often as I grew up, but any time my mother mentioned her, it was these cupcakes that popped into my mind. That and Frida. After she passed away my mother gave me the recipe so that I can spread the chocolatey joy! I'm a big believer that people live on in our memories in all kinds of ways, and food is one of them. I love baking these for friends and remembering her.