Indulge yourself with this delicious chocolate raspberry cupcakes recipe. A soft and moist full-bodied cocoa powder-flavored cupcake filled with a sweet and tart raspberry filling, crowned with an unctuous chocolate ganache.
These chocolate raspberry cupcakes are an individual version of my chocolate raspberry ganache cake, perfect for satisfying all your chocolate cravings 🍫.
Why you'll love these cupcakes
These chocolate raspberry cupcakes perfectly combine the richness of chocolate with the fruity, tangy touch of raspberry, for an exceptional pleasure on your sweet tooth.
Composed of an individual chocolate cake base, my favorite soft and moist chocolate cupcakes made with cocoa powder, a heart of homemade raspberry compote made from a fresh raspberry reduction, and an easy and delicious chocolate ganache frosting recipe.
This recipe for raspberry-filled chocolate cupcakes is a delight to share with family and friends on any occasion, as a simple dessert or for a birthday party.
- A perfect harmony between the chocolate flavor and the raspberry flavor.
- A super-simple recipe perfect for beginners and those with more pastry experience.
- Easy to adapt in a mini version for little delights, and with plenty of variation options (see recipe variations section).
- Perfect for any occasion, from a simple dessert to a birthday party.
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*Find quantities and complete instructions to make these delicious raspberry chocolate cupcakes in the recipe card at the end of the page.
- Flour: Use cake flour (also works with all-purpose flour).
- Cocoa: Unsweetened cocoa powder only, natural cocoa powder for intense chocolate flavor, or Dutch process cocoa powder.
- Baking powder: Preferably baking soda on its own, but you can replace it with baking powder (see recipe notes).
- Oil: A neutral vegetable oil such as sunflower oil or grapeseed oil. (These oil cupcakes are incredibly moist even after a spell in the fridge, you can always substitute unsalted butter, use softened butter)
- Sugar: Extra-fine white granulated sugar, or substitute with a flavored sugar such as brown sugar.
- Eggs: Medium, at room temperature.
- Milk: Preferably buttermilk, which can be replaced by plain yogurt, sour cream or milk.
- Vanilla and salt: Pure vanilla extract and table salt are essential.
- Raspberry: Frozen raspberries are preferred (just take a package of fresh raspberries for decoration).
- Sugar: White granulated sugar or powdered sugar can be replaced by honey, maple syrup or agave syrup.
- Lemon juice: fresh lemon juice or bottled lemon juice for preservation.
- Chocolate: 54-64% quality semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate bar.
- Heavy Cream: Full-fat heavy cream or whipping heavy cream with at least 30-35% fat.
Materials needed: Use a standard cupcake pan or, for a version of mini chocolate raspberry cupcakes, use a mini cupcake pan directly.
How to make Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling
Chocolate cupcake batter
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and prepare 2 x 6 muffin pans or 1 x 24 muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix and sift together dry ingredients, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
- Place the vegetable oil, granulated sugar, room temperature eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk in another large bowl, or in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and mix at medium speed for about 3 minutes.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix gently until the cupcake batter is smooth and liquid.
- Pour the chocolate cupcake batter into the prepared muffin pan, making sure to fill the cupcake liners just halfway, otherwise they'll overflow.
- Bake for approx. 15-20 minutes, until well done.
- Allow chocolate cupcakes to cool completely at room temperature.
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan (fresh or frozen raspberries, sugar and lemon juice).
- Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until raspberry puree forms.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Remove the core from the chocolate cupcakes with a cupcake corer and fill the inside with the cooled raspberry filling.
- Break or chop the chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl.
- Bring the heavy cream to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate and stir until you have a liquid ganache.
- Leave the chocolate ganache to cool for 2-3 hours in the fridge.
- Whip the ganache with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until smooth and firm.
- Decorate chocolate raspberry cupcakes tops with a piping bag, fresh raspberries and serve with raspberry coulis.
In the fridge: Store chocolate raspberry cupcakes in an airtight container or under plastic wrap for 3-5 days in the fridge.
In the freezer: Place your chocolate raspberry cupcakes in a storage box. for up to 3 months. Let them thaw gently in the fridge
How to make these chocolate raspberry cupcakes in Advance?
All preparations can be made 1-2 days in advance and stored in the fridge until the day of assembly.
Or frosted cupcakes made in advance should only be stored in the fridge in an airtight box to retain all their flavor.
Tip for this recipe
- Measure quantities with an electronic scale, which will give you more accurate measurements than cups.
- Allow the chocolate cupcakes to cool completely before adding the frosting to prevent it from melting in contact with heat.
- Whip the ganache at a slow speed just enough to obtain a creamy texture. The ganache is soft in texture but will firm up in the fridge.
If you love raspberries
Raspberry buttercream option: Prepare my whipped buttercream or my Swiss meringue buttercream by adding raspberry puree or freeze dried raspberries power for flavor to make a raspberry buttercream frosting.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
They must be left to cool completely at room temperature or in the fridge, otherwise the frosting will melt due to the warmth.
Yes, you can replace the raspeberry filling directly with store-bought raspberry jam.
Yes, you can make this recipe in a mini cupcake pan to make a version of mini chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling.
Choose an unsweetened cocoa powder, between natural cocoa powder for a more intense flavor or Dutch process cocoa powder for a less acidic chocolate taste.
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