Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Red Wine + Chocolate = Amazing Cupcakes

The title just says it all, I'm not even going to attempt to try to add any more description to these, just try them!

Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes

What you'll need
1c all-purpose flour
6tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4c + 2tblsp sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2c + 2tblsp red wine - I used Cupcake brand's Red Velvet, I highly recommend it for this recipe and for your drinking pleasure
1/4c or so of milk chocolate chips

3tblsp butter
4tblsp cocoa powder
1 1/3c powdered sugar
3tblsp milk
1/4 tsp red wine

Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 cupcake tins with paper liners. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together, set aside. Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy, beat in egg and vanilla. Alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the red wine. Stir in chocolate chips, batter will be thick. Divide batter among the cupcake tins and bake for 20 mins. Let cool.
Prepare frosting by mixing together butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. Stir in milk. Beat until light and fluffy, beat in red wine. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with a few more chocolate chips, if you desire, I did!

The red wine flavor of these cupcakes was very rich, the cake was dense, the icing was creamy, and the little chocolate chips were the perfect finishing touch. I think next time I try these I will try using dark cocoa powder, and there will be a next time, soon!

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