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Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

I've been looking for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe to pair with red wine and after testing and combining a few different recipes, I finally came up with one that I love. Behold the Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes!
Red Wine Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

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I don't think I have ever had a wine and chocolate that paired better together. Because I served the cupcakes with the same wine I used in the cupcakes (one of the wines from my WSJ Wine Club shipment), they were a perfect match. There is not too much wine in the cupcakes, so the taste is subtle but then enhanced when you have the wine with it. I also included a few of the dark chocolate pieces on the plate with the wine and cupcake and that added to the dessert even more.

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Tricia Meyer
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Serves: 12
Perfect cupcakes to pair with red wine for a rich and beautiful dessert.
  • Cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or 2 oz dark chocolate broken into small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine (Chianti or Shiraz work best)
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • Salt, pinch
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 1/2-3 C confectioner's sugar
  • 1 T vanilla
  1. Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line muffin tin with liners and spray with cooking spray.
  4. In a medium heatproof bowl, combine cocoa powder and dark chocolate pieces/chips. Whisk in the boiling water until it’s all melted.
  5. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in each egg one at a time until blended.
  6. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  7. Alternate adding some of the chocolate to the mixture, then some of the wine, until all of it is blended.
  8. Fill muffin tins at least half full.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
  10. Frosting:
  11. Beat the butter with the salt until it’s fluffy.
  12. Add the cream cheese and continue beating until combined.
  13. Add the vanilla and blend.
  14. Add confectioner's sugar half a cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

If your friends are chocolate fans but not red wine fans, they will still enjoy the cupcake by itself or with a glass of milk. It is definitely a rich cupcake. I used a cream cheese frosting because it is my favorite but you could just as easily substitute buttercream. I also made the frosting from scratch but you could use a jar frosting and it would be fine. The recipe makes 12 but I should have doubled it to make 24 because we ran out so quickly!

Do you have a favorite dessert recipe that pairs well with wine? Is there one you would like us to try for you?

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