Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes are made with a rich homemade chocolate cupcake and homemade chocolate raspberry buttercream frosting. These homemade cupcakes are perfect for a weeknight dessert or a party!
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Desserts are my favorite thing to make and to share. Of desserts my all time favorite thing is cupcakes. Individually handheld desserts that are perfect for a party or a week night after dinner dessert at home. These Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes were a hug hit with everyone in my house and I am excited to share them with you.
I decided to turn my classic chocolate cupcake recipe into one of my favorite combinations for a cupcake, chocolate and raspberry. There is something that is totally amazing when you combine chocolate with raspberries. I promise you if you have not yet tried the combo you are going to love it!
I can not say that I have an actual favorite cupcake flavor, because it seems the more cupcake recipes I come up with the more cupcake recipes I love. Recently I have been on a chocolate cupcake kick. There are so many chocolate cupcake recipes that are amazing, Smores cupcakes, Coconut Snowball Cupcakes and Peanut butter blossom cupcakes to name a few.
I had chose a cake with one layer mocha (that inspired my mocha cupcakes) and another layer being a chocolate raspberry combination. It was the most amazing cake ever! Both of them were such a hit I wanted to be able to make them into an everyday creation of a cupcake.
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Fresh Or Frozen Raspberries
Since fresh raspberries can be quite expensive in the off-season time you can also use frozen raspberries have thawed out instead of fresh raspberries in the cake batter. However you do not want to use frozen raspberries on the tops of these cupcakes.
Variations of this Recipe
When you are making these Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes you are going to want to use an amazing chocolate cupcake recipe. If you’re looking for an extra raspberry flavor you can always mix in a cup of fresh raspberries to the cupcake batter before you bake them.
Change up the frosting. When making chocolate raspberry cupcakes I like to use chocolate raspberry buttercream. If you are wanting less chocolate then you can make raspberry buttercream frosting instead.
Tips for Baking Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Follow the recipe. Each cupcake recipe is different. It is important to follow the recipe as directed. all of our cupcake recipes have been tested multiple times to make sure they are perfect.
Bring ingredients to room temperature. Cupcakes will bake best when the ingredients are brought to room temperature before mixing the cupcake batter.
Do not over mix. Over mixing the batter will lead to having tough and flat cupcakes. When making cupcakes you have to be careful that you don’t over mix the batter when you are folding in the flour mixture. If you over-mix your angel food cake batter your cupcakes will turn out flat. You want to mix everything just until mixed, over mixing will cause you to have rough and tough cupcakes. We all know that the best cupcake are light and fluffy.
Fill the cupcake liners appropriately. You do not want to over fill the cupcake liners. Follow the directions for the specific cupcake recipe, if the recipe doesn’t tell you how full stick to the 2/3 full rule. Which is roughly 3 tablespoons of cupcake batter per cupcake liner.
Use the best kitchen tool for filling liners. If you are working with a thick cupcake batter then you want to use a spoon or a cookie scoop to fill the cupcake liners. If it is a thin cupcake batter then use a bowl with a spout or a glass measuring cup to pour in the batter.
Use quality cupcake liners. While you might not think it matters a cupcake liner but having a quality cupcake liner will make it so your cupcakes don’t stick to the wrapper and peel off nicely so you can see the perfect cupcake in it.
Tips for Decorating Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Before frosting the cupcakes let them cool completely. If you frost cupcakes while they are still warm then the frosting will melt.
You will want to also check out How to make a cupcake swirl to learn the basics before making your unicorn poop frosting swirl.
If you are using different flavored frostings and want them both on top of your cupcake swirled together, check out how to swirl two icing flavors. If you want to layer your frosting flavors, check out the layered frosting swirl!
How to tell when cupcakes are done baking
I like to use the toothpick test when I am making cupcakes with the kids because it is easier for them to see and learn. But if you have been making cupcakes for a while you may not want to use that method.
If you are wanting an even easier method, the cupcake bounce done method as we call it is even easier. Pull the tray of cupcakes out from the oven and lightly press on a cupcake in the middle of the baking pan. If if bounces right back and no finger print is left behind then your cupcakes are done. If there is a finger print you need to bake them for a few more minutes.
How to Store Cupcakes
It is best to store cupcakes in an airtight container on the counter. Cupcakes are best to be enjoyed with in 48 hours of making them. They won’t be bad to eat after 40 hours but they will start to dry out and not be as fresh.
After frosting cupcakes you are ok to store them on the counter for a day or 2 but after that they should be stored in the fridge.
If you are storing them unfrosted you can store them in an airtight container or a plastic bag. If you are storing them with frosting on top I suggest using a cupcake storage container.
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes Ingredients
How to Make Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Make the chocolate cupcakes and allow them to cool completely. While they are cooling make the Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream.
Fill a pastry bag with the chocolate raspberry buttercream frosting and pipe a frosting swirl on top of each cupcake.
After frosting each cupcake top each one with a fresh raspberry.
Looking for more cupcake ideas? Check these out!
- Peanut butter cupcakes
- Strawberry Cupcakes
- Coconut Cupcakes
- Andes Mint Cupcakes
- Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
- Blackberry Cupcakes
- Boston Cream Cupcakes
- Blueberry Cupcakes
- Angel Food Cupcakes
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients
Raspberry buttercream Ingredients
- 24 raspberries
How to Make Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
- Put paper liners in your cupcake pans or you can use silicone, which ever ones you prefer.
- In a bowl whisk together the hot brewed coffee and cocoa, until dissolved and set aside.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In the bowl place the butter and sugars. Beat on medium-high speed of your mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla.
- With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the coffee-cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
- Mix each addition just until incorporated, being careful not to over mix.
- Divide the batter between the prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.
- Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pans briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
How to Make Raspberry Buttercream
- In the bowl of a stand mixer bear the butter on medium speed until nice and creamy.
- Turn the mixer down to the lowest setting and slowly incorporate the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into the butter
- Once the sugars are mixed into the butter well add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, salt, raspberry jam and raspberries and turn the mixer to medium-high speed and continue mixing for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
Assemble Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
- Allow the cupcakes to cool completely while making your frosting.
- Fill a pastry bag with the chocolate raspberry buttercream frosting and pipe a frosting swirl on top of each cupcake.
- After frosting each cupcake top each one with a fresh raspberry.
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