Don’t you love when you can have your favorite things all at once? Doesn’t happen often, does it…? (or practically ever, come to think of it). These Chocolate and Red Wine Cupcakes combine some of the flavors I love best of all into one sweet package.
Chocolate, Wine and Berries…
And in cupcake form, so it’s easy to eat.
Added bonus? since cupcakes are kind of small (compared to say, a sheet cake), you can have more than one without people staring at you with that look (you know the one…).
In fact, these cupcakes are so yummy… there’s no real reason to stop at two (just give that person a look right back!)
The cupcakes have reduced wine in the batter to give them an amazing flavor…. I then filled the center with a mixture of berries and wine… then top it off with a Butter Cream that has been flavored with berries and wine.
Yes, this is one of those cupcake recipes with multiple steps and fillings…. don’t be daunted! It’s easier than it sounds. (And I suppose you could leave some stuff out … well, not the cupcake… and certainly not the frosting…..) I’ve put in some step by step photos (down at the bottom) You Can Do This!
When you reach for the bottle of Cabernet for this recipe, please please please don’t grab the very expensive bottle that someone has been saving for a special occasion. You will be reducing it! Seriously, you mostly want something that is not vinegar (keep in mind, quality ingredients make a quality product….). Go with a mid-range bottle.
You will need a few extra hours to make this recipe, because you will want to soak the blackberries in the wine. HOWEVER! If you don’t have a few extra hours…. you can still make them. I didn’t notice a massive difference, you will be mushing the berries in the wine eventually. (Go ahead and throw the berry/wine filling together the night before… and resist the temptation to call it breakfast) (hmmm.. might make the Oatmeal a whole lot more appealing…)
There are Step By Step Photos Below to Help you through it!
Only other heads up…. you will be reducing (that is cooking the wine until part of it evaporates) from 2 cups to 1 cup. This will make your house smell a bit Christmassy (we do mulled wine at the holidays). My daughter kept coming in from school wondering about the smell….
Chocolate and Red Wine Cupcakes with Blackberry Cabernet Frosting Recipe
There is also a Blackberry Cabernet Filling
Cupcake Carriers to Keep Your Cupcakes Looking Great!
Don’t do all that work, only to have your cupcakes get smooshed!
Step By Step Instructions with Photos
Before You Do Anything Else…Soak the Berries in Wine and Sugar
You Can Do this Hours before… or the Night Before
Start By Reducing the Wine From 2 cups to 1 cup
just cook it until half evaporates away
Put the Butter and Unsweetened Chocolate in a Microwave Safe Bowl
Melt them … takes about 1 to 2 minutes depending on the microwave
Combine the Dry Ingredients
Mix them up a bit
Pour the Melted Chocolate/Butter Mixture into the Dry Stuff
I run it down the edge
Add the Hot Wine
Run it down the side so you don’t get splashed
The Batter Will Look Like This
And smell even better
Use an Ice Cream Scoop with a Thumb Release to Fill the Cupcake Cups
I find it neater…keeps the batter off the fingers
Bake for 16 to 18 Minutes
They Will Look Domed Like This
Use a Pastry Brush To Brush On Wine
Use a Pastry Brush
This is entirely optional… I chose to take the option
Cool COMPLETELY on a Rack
Don’t melt your frosting…let the cupcakes cool
Put the Wine Soaked Berries in the Food Processor
Pulse Until Mushed
Remove the Seeds from the Sauce…Unless You Don’t Mind Seeds…
I use a food mill, but you can use a big sieve- just push stuff through with a spatula
Seeds can go to the compost heap…
Some of this goes in the Frosting
Scoop Out a Bit From the Top of the Cupcake…Pour in Some Sauce
I Use a Coffee Scoop, but a Spoon or one of those Fancy Cupcake Corers Will Do the Job
Put the Top Back On….
So you know… if you are in a super hurry, you can skip the filling part… but you’ll be leaving out a load of flavor
Whip Up Butter and Powdered Sugar
Add Some Berry/Wine Sauce
Frosting Texture Looks Like This When It’s Done
Adjust it to your taste… more berry/wine…. more powdered sugar
If it’s a very warm day, up the sugar to make it thicker. Heat may cause the frosting to break… and get sweaty looking … ICK!
Frost the Cupcakes… I used a Piping Bag with a Star Tip
You can use a round tip… or a spreading knife
Now eat…. or top with a berry and eat….