Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

Although I may not love Valentine's Day, it's a really good excuse for me to bake pretty pink things and buy heart shaped sprinkles ! :) I'm finally almost over my flu/sinus infection/bronchitis that I've been fighting for the past week (ick!) and felt up to baking, so last night I made these delicious chocolate cupcakes with fresh raspberry buttercream. They are absolutely perfect for any day of the year, not just February 14th. I hope you all have a very happy Valentine's Day filled with love!!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
makes 12 cupcakes

For the cupcakes...
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Place butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the butter and chocolate are melted and the mixture is smooth. Set the mixture aside to cool until it is warm to the touch.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. 
  4. In the bowl of your standing mixer, beat the eggs on low speed, then add the sugar, vanilla and salt and continue beating until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the bowl and mix to combine. 
  6. Sift one-third of the flour mixture into the bowl and mix until just combined. 
  7. Add the sour cream and mix until combined.
  8. Finally, add the remaining flour mixture and continue mixing until just combined.
  9. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 15-18 minutes. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes before removing them to the rack to cool completely.
For the raspberry buttercream...
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • raspberries and heart shaped sprinkles to decorate
  1. Throw the raspberries into a food processor and pulse until pureed. Strain out the seeds with a mesh sieve (I didn't do this because I don't have a buttercream was still tasty, just a bit more "fresh" tasting. ha!)
  2. In the bowl of your standing mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Reduce speed and add the raspberry puree followed by the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl until well combined.
  5. Pipe onto cool cupcakes and decorate as desired. Enjoy! :)


  1. How fun is this! Yummy, and looks pretty too! Happy Vday love, hope you have a fab day!

  2. Chocolate and raspberries - that's the perfect combination for me and they look so pretty with the heart-shaped sprinkles on your lovely floral china.

  3. This looks incredible! Happy Valentine's Day.


  4. After reading this recipe I think I may have just died and gone to heaven! I can't wait to try these, they look so delicious! Happy Valentine's!!

    xo jen

  5. Happy Valentine !! Delicious! good and nice!

  6. so adorable!! can't go wrong with cute cupcakes!!

    happy valentines day pretty lady!

  7. Those sound delicious girl! Perfect for Valentine's Day :)

  8. These look so delicious! I love :)

  9. yum, they look so good. plus they are pretty....pretty food always tasted better!! happy friday!

  10. These are so pretty, and I love anything raspberry. I really need to get in the kitchen and bake something this weekend! I hope you're fully recovered soon!

  11. So cute! This cupcakes looks magic! Miamm :)