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Rich Chocolate Cupcakes with a Raspberry Buttercream and they are filled with a dreamy, fudgy ganache filling!
I actually made these beautiful cupcakes for a friends baby shower this past fall, but they are so perfect for Valentine’s Day, I waited until now to show them to you. Deep, dark rich chocolate cupcakes, filled with fudgy chocolate ganache and topped with a beautiful, light fresh raspberry buttercream.
My husband does not believe that chocolate and fruit should in the same sentence let alone in his chocolate! He’s a chocolate purist! So for him, I’ll scrape off the buttercream (into my mouth) and he’ll enjoy the fudgy, chocolatey cupcake! We’re a perfect fit; I LOVE frosting and he LOVES cake!
Let’s Make Rich Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350° and place cupcake liners in regular size cupcake pan. I like to use two liners per cupcake, spraying lightly with spray oil, then if you wish, you can place a contrastingLets liner around the cupcakes after they’ve been baked to add a festive flair.
This makes between 12-18 regular sized cupcakes, I found that I generously can fill 12 regular cupcakes as well as have 12 mini cupcakes, sometimes a mini cupcake is just right, ya’ know!?
Start by mixing all of your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Measure the flour, cocoa (I used Dark Cocoa, but regular cocoa is just fine too).
Next add your all natural sugar, baking soda and baking powder to the flour and cocoa mixture. Whisk together to mix all dry ingredients.
If desired, pour dry ingredients into the bowl of a mixer and begin adding wet ingredients (or keep in bowl and add wet ingredients to this bowl, mixing with hand mixer). I started with my egg and egg white along with the butter, buried under the dry ingredients.
Add vanilla, sour cream and milk, add to dry mixture.
Mix on medium speed until semi-smooth, there will be lumps and bits of butter in the batter, that’s okay. Do not over mix. Scrape down the sides and bottom to make sure all is incorporated into the batter.
Using a large scoop or spoon; scoop your batter into your prepared muffin tins. Filling to a smidge more than half way. I made 12 regular sized cupcakes and another 12 mini cupcakes.
See those delicious bits of butter, don’t worry about them, they will melt as they bake and create little pockets of deliciousness.
Place in preheated oven and bake at 350° until the tops just spring back when lightly touched, about 18-20 minutes. 12-15 minutes for the mini-muffins. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes in the muffin tin, then carefully remove to a cooling rack and cool completely! Very important they are completely cooled if not, your icing will melt and slide right off.
TIP | No corer, no problem; using a small spoon (a grapefruit spoon might come in handy here) scoop out a small portion out of the middle of the cupcake. I only “cored” my larger cupcakes, instead for the mini’s I just dipped the entire top of the cupcake in the ganache. Reserve cores, if you can keep them away from your people.
Gather your ganache ingredients…
Pop over to this link for the recipe for Chocolate Ganache!
Using a piping bag or a spoon, fill the holes in the cupcakes with the ganache.
If you made mini cupcakes, dip the tops of your mini cupcakes in the ganache and allow to cool completely.
Lastly, using just the tippy-top of the reserved chocolate plugs, replace on top of the cupcake, not necessary, but makes for an even frosting surface.
TIP | At this point, the cupcakes may be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated or even frozen until ready to frost.
Fresh Raspberry Buttercream
Ready to make some decadent raspberry buttercream? This is the real deal, no raspberry flavoring or food coloring here; just pure, beautiful raspberry flavor and color!
Start by placing washed and patted dry raspberries into a blender and puree until smooth.
Pour pureed raspberries through a sieve (to remove the seeds) into a small saucepan.
See, more seeds than you would think! Using a rubber spatula, scrape the bottom of the sieve, you don’t want to miss any of that delicious raspberry puree. Discard seeds.
Over low heat, slowly bring the raspberry puree to simmer, stirring occasionally.
Allow to simmer for 10-20 minutes, or until it has been reduced to about 1/4 – 1/3 of it’s original volume. Eyeball it, it should be thick, like jam. Place in refrigerator to cool completely! May even be put in the freezer if you are in a hurry. Stir it occasionally to keep from freezing.
BAKERS TIP | If you don’t have time or desire to go through all those steps for the fresh puree, you may replace the raspberry puree with a good quality raspberry jam. Reduce your sugar slightly to adjust for the sugar in the jam. You will have seeds in your frosting, oh well!
Once fully cooled, prepare your buttercream ingredients.
- In the bowl of a mixer, on medium-high, beat the butter until fluffy. About 2-3 minutes, scraping the sides once.
- Turn the mixer to stir or the lowest setting and beat in 2 cups the powdered sugar into the whipped butter.
- Add the raspberry puree*…
*Please make sure it’s completely cooled, if not it will begin to melt your butter and sugar, making your buttercream into a tasty, but gloopy mess!
Beat until puree is incorporated, scrape down the sides and add the rest of the powdered sugar.
- Continue to beat another 1-2 minutes until light, whipped and smooth. Scrape down the sides.
- Don’t forget to add your salt (yes, salt), just a titch will brighten all of your flavors.
- While mixer is on low, slowly drizzle in your heavy cream.
Whip until completely blended, light and airy.
Pipe frosting using steady pressure, starting on the outside and swirling upwards towards the middle into a nice cloud of frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes.
If desired, frost the mini cupcakes with a small “kiss” of frosting.
OPTIONAL | Garnish the cupcake with a single washed and dried fresh raspberry, sprinkles and/or silver dragees.
To make the hearts and “A’s” I melted a few chocolate chips until smooth in the microwave, poured the chocolate into a baggie, snipping the tiniest bit of the corner, piped little hearts and A’s (the baby we honored is Addie) onto wax paper on a cookie sheet and allowed to cool completely, you can quick harden them by placing the cookie sheet with piped shapes in freezer for a few minutes.
Place them on top of the frosting if you wish, they are optional.
These may be placed in airtight containers until ready to serve, they should be just fine at room temperature for a few hours. Refrigerate* if not serving within a few hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.
If making ahead, place garnish on just prior to serving. (Pictures aren’t awesome, I was rushing to get them done for the shower, should have taken a few more seconds to get a good shot.)
What will you make for Valentine’s day? Generally, in our house it’s ALL chocolate, I am always out voted when it comes to dessert, they are all chocoholics. But that’s okay, they are all my Valentine’s.
MORE CHOCOLATE VALENTINES DESSERTS
- Chocoholics Dream Torte (a.k.a. Death by Chocolate).
- Espresso Brownie Bites
- Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Fleur de Sel
- Heart Shaped Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
These Rich Chocolate Cupcakes are perfect for Valentine’s day, a baby or bridal shower, luncheon or any occasion!
Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.GOETHE
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