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Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting

Mini chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting. These moist cupcakes are very easy to make and the frosting is made with real raspberry purée that is cooked down into a concentrated syrup. You can make this raspberry frosting with frozen raspberries or even fresh. These chocolate raspberry cupcakes have an intense raspberry flavour you are going to love!
 
mini chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting and fresh raspberries

These chocolate raspberry cupcakes are proof that you can flavour American buttercream with a fruit purée, as long as you are smart about it. The trouble with fruit-infused frostings is the fruit. Fruit and berries (like raspberries) have a high water content and the flavour is rather weak if you stir the raw fruit directly into a frosting or buttercream. For a strong flavour, you would have to add a ton of fruit to properly flavour the buttercream, but that would probably curdle the frosting because fruit contains a lot of water. 

chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting and piping bag of frosting

Ways to add raspberry flavour to frostings and buttercreams

There are a few ways to make raspberry flavoured frosting without compromising on texture or taste:

  1. Emulsions and extracts: Just like vanilla extract, you can buy fruit emulsions, flavour oils, and extracts. For example, there’s a raspberry emulsion you can find on Amazon for flavouring baked goods. These provide an easy way to add flavour without having to add tons of fruit. Extracts and emulsions can be added in the same way as vanilla extract, in teaspoon amounts.
  2. Cooked purées and jams: if you bring the mashed fruit to a boil (with or without sugar), you can cook the mixture to reduce it and remove much of the water. The cooled fruit concentrate or jam can then be added to a buttercream or frosting, without affecting the texture too much. Concentrated fruit purées and jams are a good way to add berry flavour to buttercream. For this method, both fresh and frozen raspberries work very well.
  3. Freeze-dried fruit powders (like this freeze-dried raspberry powder on Amazon): this is another great way of adding flavour without adding water. Freeze-dried fruit are sold whole or in powder form. I’d get the powder if I had a choice. With a freeze-dried raspberry powder, all you have to do is add it to your buttercream recipe by the spoonful. This is a great way of adding raspberry colour and flavour to a frosting.
 
homemade concentrated raspberry puree strained to remove seeds

Making raspberry buttercream with fresh or frozen raspberries

The frosting recipe involves cooking/mashing fresh (or frozen) raspberries in a small saucepan so that they release their raspberry juice. Then you strain the juice and put it back on the stove to cook it down into a thick raspberry concentrate that is used to colour and flavour the cupcakes. It’s genius. The frosting tastes intensely of raspberry. The colour is genuine, from the fruit. No dyes or food colouring needed. I would do this again with other berries for sure. Oh and I saved the leftover raspberry pulp to spread on buttered toast with a drizzling of honey or maple syrup. Yum. This is an American style buttercream, meaning it’s made from icing sugar and butter. This differs from an Italian meringue buttercream, which is made with egg whites, a sugar syrup, and butter. This technique of making a concentrated raspberry purée would also work to flavour Italian meringue buttercream, as would freeze-dried raspberry powder.

chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting view from above

How to make moist chocolate cupcakes

The moist chocolate cupcake recipe (adapted from  Martha Stewart one-bowl chocolate cupcakes) is what I refer to as a cake mix cake recipe. Well, it’s cake mix made from scratch, of course. It is the easiest chocolate cupcake recipe you can make and doesn’t require a mixer! You combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl. Combine all the wet ingredients in another bowl. Then mix the two together. Very easy. If you are feeling lazy, you can even just measure out the wet ingredients and place them directly into the bowl with the dry ingredients, in a one-bowl process. Super easy. You can do this with a mixer, but a spoon or whisk will also do the trick. This is the same mixing method as for muffins.

half a mini chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting to show moist crumb of cupcake

Chocolate cupcake recipe with oil not butter

Normally, I’m an all-butter kind of girl, but I find with chocolate cakes, butter-based recipes, sadly, can be a bit dry. Oil makes a great baking substitution in cases like this because it provides a little more fat and because it’s liquid at room temperature, oil gives baked goods a more moist texture. So, this cake recipe calls for oil, not butter, but it yields a light, moist cake that everybody loves and its texture makes up for the absence of butter. Of course, if you have a moist all-butter alternative for me, do send it my way! I’d really appreciate that. In the meantime, here is an easy moist chocolate cupcake recipe that works every time.

Mini chocolate cupcakes with pink raspberry frosting swirl

I love the combination of chocolate and raspberry. These cupcakes are a perfect example of why this works. If you are a fan of this flavour pairing, here’s a raspberry chocolate tart that you can also try, or a berry chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.

Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting

Mini chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting. These moist cupcakes are very easy to make and the frosting is flavored with real raspberry purée that is cooked down into a very concentrated syrup. You can use either fresh or frozen raspberries for this recipe. The pink frosting is very flavorful and has an intense raspberry flavor. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 50 mini cupcakes
Calories 103kcal
Author Janice

Equipment

mini muffin pan
mini paper liners
Artisan mixer
1M piping tip
Piping bags

Ingredients

Chocolate cupcakes

Raspberry frosting

  • 340 grams (¾ lb) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 115 grams (½ cup) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 400 grams ( cups) icing sugar sifted
  • pink sanding sugar optional

Instructions

To make the chocolate cupcakes

  • Line two 24-cup mini cupcake pans (cupcake pans from Amazon) with mini baking cups (also available on Amazon) Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, coffee (or water), canola oil, and vanilla.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl, and mix them on low until the batter is liquid, glossy, and without lumps.
  • Transfer the batter to a measuring cup (or a bowl) that has a spout, and pour it into each of the liners until they are evenly filled to about 3/4 the height of the liner.
  • Bake the cupcakes for about 12–15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out completely clean. The cakes should spring back when tapped lightly.
  • Let the cupcakes cool partly before transferring to a wire rack. Only frost them when they are completely cooled.

To make the raspberry frosting and decorate

  • In a small saucepan, heat the raspberries on low to extract the raspberry juice, mashing with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
  • Strain out the seeds and fruit pulp using a fine-meshed sieve and transfer the strained juice back to the pot. Save the raspberry pulp for breakfast!
  • Heat the juice on medium to cook it down to about 1/4–1/3 cup. Let cool completely before using.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with about 230 grams of icing sugar. Cream them together on low, then add the concentrated raspberry juice.
  • Adjust the consistency of the frosting with the last 170 grams of icing sugar, beating well to make sure that it is smooth.
  • To decorate: fill a piping bag fitted with a star tip (like a 1M tip you can get on Amazon) with the frosting. Pipe a rosette of frosting over each mini cupcake. Top with a pinch of sprinkles if using. Please note that the frosting will change colors slightly as it sits.

Notes

  • Cocoa powder from Cacao Barry on Amazon
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Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal

 

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19 Responses to Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting

  1. Louise July 9, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

    My go-to recipes for chocolate cupcakes use two of The Pioneer Woman’s recipes – her chocolate sheet cake
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/the_best_chocol/
    and the “best frosting ever”
    http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2010/03/a-tasty-recipe-thats-the-best-frosting-ive-ever-had/
    which tastes kind of like icecream! If you combined your raspberry puree with that icing I think you would have a super delicious topping!

    • Jan July 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM #

      Thanks for suggesting a few recipes, Louise! I will definitely try them out soon!

  2. Medeja July 10, 2012 at 6:34 AM #

    Oh they look wonderful! I wish I knew how to bake, decorate and take pictures like you!

    • Jan July 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM #

      Thank you, Medeja! I can say that, honestly, practice is key 😉

  3. Peggy G. July 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM #

    Chocolate and berries just go so well together! I bet these cupcakes were phenomenal!

  4. Elyse @The Cultural Dish July 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM #

    Mmm this really is such a great pairing! Love the photos – they look so so so yummy!

  5. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen September 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM #

    Umm, raspberry frosting! Those are some gorgeous cupcakes!

  6. Lusicreates July 2, 2013 at 7:24 AM #

    The best chocolate muffins I ever eat ! perfect! this is my master piece 😀

    http://lusicreates.blogspot.sk/2013/07/malinove-cupcakes.html

    U can translate it at the side 😉

    thank you one more time

  7. Stephanie Anderson September 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM #

    This frosting was truly amazing! Thank you. I love naturally colored frosting.

    • Janice Lawandi September 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

      Isn’t it?! I totally agree with you: not a huge fan of food coloring with gels and dyes either. Glad you liked this recipe!

  8. Bloss January 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM #

    Hi, this looks lovely and i plan on using it for my daughters 1st birthday cake, how long would this keep?

    • Janice Lawandi January 9, 2014 at 5:07 AM #

      I would store the frosting in the fridge if you aren’t using it right away, but you will definitely have to let it come back to room temperature before frosting your cake/piping the frosting. The frosted cupcakes get eaten pretty quickly, but if you have leftovers I’d keep them in a container at room temperature for a couple days (since it’s winter and not hot in the house these days) or keep them in the fridge if you need to store them for longer. Again, they should be left on the counter to come to room temp before enjoying them!
      Here’s an blog post from The Kitchn on the subject of storing cakes: http://www.thekitchn.com/expert-advice-how-to-wrap-stor-151924
      Hope this helps!

  9. Jacqueline Corey April 6, 2019 at 5:14 PM #

    Thank you for explaining the difference between using fresh or frozen raspberries, raspberry jam, and freeze dried raspberries. That was very helpful! I think the freeze dried raspberries are my best option for using less to no sugar and to get the pink color I want for a cake.

    • Janice April 12, 2019 at 9:55 PM #

      I just bought some to experiment with. It was a little pricey, but it’s fun and the flavour makes it worth it.

  10. Guy Gervais July 15, 2020 at 3:18 PM #

    Hello

    What would be the baking time if using a regular muffin pan?

    Thank you

    G

    • Janice July 22, 2020 at 7:30 PM #

      Hi! Regular size cupcakes usually bake in about 20 minutes, though I haven’t tested this recipe in a larger format than the mini cupcake size. A cake tester inserted into the centre will help you judge if they are done baking or not. Maybe check on them after 18 minutes and then bake longer if the cake tester seems wet or the cupcakes don’t feel set when you tap then gently with your fingertip

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