Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Red Wine Buttercream Frosting (healthier)

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Get ready to drool because these Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes are just too amazing to miss. This is a healthified recipe so you don’t have to feel bad about indulging! Say hello to the Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Red Wine Butternut Frosting. Droool now!

I have a secret.

Well, it’s not really a secret to anyone who knows me in real life. But I don’t think I told you guys this…

Red Wine Cupcakes by sensualappealblog.com

I don’t actually like red wine. I know. I tried drinking it. I tried liking it. I just can’t. I do enjoy sweeter whites but even the reds which are sweeter simply do not go down well. I don’t know. I tried. I’m much more of a craft beer girl.

The first time I made Chocolate Red Wine cupcakes were for Mother’s Day last year and my mom LOVED them. They were just okay to me since I’m not a big wino. But I knew I wanted to re-do these delicious cupcakes and make the recipe a tad bit more nutritious than the original one I posted.

Red Wine Cupcakes by sensualappealblog.com

This recipe makes only 8 cupcakes. And guess what…. I actually LOVED these! I’m not lying – I honestly think these are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made, possibly even better than the most popular recipe I posted in the beginning of my blog’s days: the Hard Cider  Cupcakes with Dulce De Leche Filling. Yeah, another super popular recipe and it involved alcohol too 😉

Anyway, these Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes are amazingly delicious, my mom went crazy for them again and I liked this redo recipe more than the original one I posted. The cupcake base is not very sweet at all, so you are welcome to add more sugar to it if you so desire. Personally, I think the sweetness of the frosting and the not-so-sweet base, balance out perfectly. After all, red wine isn’t supposed to be sweet, you guys! And these cupcakes are SERIOUSLY amazing – I totally recommend them! The recipe might seem difficult but it really isn’t. Trust me.

Red Wine Cupcakes by sensualappealblog.com

 

Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Red Wine Buttercream Frosting
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    8 cupcakes
    Servings
    8 cupcakes
    Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Red Wine Buttercream Frosting
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      Servings
      8 cupcakes
      Servings
      8 cupcakes
      Ingredients
      Servings: cupcakes
      Instructions
      1. Preheat the oven to 350°
      2. Line a muffin tin with liners or parchment cups
      3. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, 4 minutes
      4. Add the egg and beat until incorporated
      5. Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer
      6. Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated
      7. Scrape the batter into the cups, and bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
      8. Let the cupcakes cool completely

       

      Red Wine Buttercream frosting
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      Adapted from my Red Wine Frosting Recipe
        Servings
        8 cupcakes
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        8 cupcakes
        Red Wine Buttercream frosting
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        Adapted from my Red Wine Frosting Recipe
          Servings
          8 cupcakes
          Servings
          8 cupcakes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cupcakes
          Instructions
          1. Place red wine and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat while stirring constantly until the sugar is all dissolved. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a while, while stirring sometimes (not constantly). Cook until the syrup is reduced to about 3 Tbsp. Put in a mug, let cool a little bit and stick in the fridge for a few hours to cool completely.
          2. Whisk the butter while adding confectioner’s sugar to it by 1/4 cupfull. Cream together to form a frosting. Once a nice consistency is reached (almost all of the required confectioner’s sugar is in), add the wine reduction and continue beating.
          3. Add some more confectioner’s sugar. Then add 1/2 Tbsp of red wine. Add more confectioner’s sugar if desired.

          What do you think? Will you be giving these gorgeous and delicious babies a try? I sure hope so!

          Kammie wants to know:

          • Do you like wine? What’s your favorite type?
          • What is your favorite boozy dessert or baked good?

          Let me know in the comments below!

          Shared at Slightly Indulgent, What’s Cookin Weds

          38 Comments

          1. OMGOSH
            my winelooovinghubby would ADORE THESE…

          2. I’ve heard of people adding red wine to their chocolate cupcakes and brownies before, but I’ve never tried it. I need to get on it because they sound so tasty!

            Lauren
            Fizz and Frosting

          3. I adore that frosting! The color is gorgeous!

          4. really like the pic and especially the design of the frosting

          5. So cool. I’ll have to share recipe with my mom 🙂

          6. Yum, they look delicious. I made red wine cupcakes once when I was vegan, but I am not such a huge fan of buttercream frosting, guess I need to find a cream cheese variation…

          7. holy moly i’m drooling! i love red wine, particularly cabs or pinot noirs!

          8. I love these!!! I made it as a cake based on a Smitten Kitchen recipe, and the frosting based some something else… then I turned them into cake balls. And I drank the rest of the wine ’cause I dig on the red. 😉

            Have you made beer cupcakes?! It’s really good with Banana Nut beer.

          9. I forced myself to start drinking red wine when I turned 25 as before then I only drank spirits and mainly vodka. I don’t love white wine though unless it is really sweet.

            I think with red wine it all depends on the kind you try. I love cab savs and I can do Merlots and Shiraz but I had Pinot Noir. If you keep trying you might find one you like 🙂

            Those cupcakes look yummy!

          10. Oh GREAT RECIPE! AH! So yummy looking like all your recipes look! I ADORE a good Pinot Noir, and it’s the only alcohol I drink, and only on special occasion. I’ve never had a boozy dessert but loving having a glass of the Pinot with a square of dark chocolate:) GREAT recipe! I’m thinking I’ll try substituting the flour with some lower carb options..wonder if it will work?:)

            • Depending on what you choose but Im sure it can be done. I’ve only done a little GF baking so I’m not a pro at the substitutions since there’s all those starches and whatnot that go into play – but I would love to hear your experience if you try your hand at these with different flours!

          11. I don’t like red wine either! I’m more of a white/pink moscato fan. But still, those cupcakes look amazing! 🙂 I’ll have to bookmark it for my wino friends!

          12. My wife will love this. She loves red wine. Me, I’m more of a beer person, but when it comes to boozy baked goods, I’ll eat them no matter what’s in them.

          13. I love these!! I’m so going to do this.
            Repinning it now..

            Keeo it Touched,
            Khloe
            http://www.kgstyleinc.com

          14. I don’t like red wine but these look wonderful! Alcohol tastes different cooked in a recipe than it does from the glass anyway. 🙂

          15. These look great! And I do like wine, red or white, in pretty much any form 😉

            I tried making some mulled wine cupcakes at Christmas, but my go-to cake recipe at the time didn’t really have any liquid in, so I had to reduce it a *lot* and the taste wasn’t very strong. I’ll have to have another go!

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          17. OMG I die! Amazing recipe!

          18. What a great idea! I need to try this. What type of wine did you use?

            My favorite red wine is Pinot Noir, and my favorite white is Reisling.

            I made my boyfriend Whiskey cupcakes with salted butter cream frosting and bacon sprinkles for his birthday. To die for.

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          21. Thanks for the great recipe! I am wanting to make these cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. I personally like the healthier twist on these cakes, but my friends could honestly care less. I looked at your previous, less healthful, recipe for the red wine chocolate cupcakes as well, but they do not look as fluffy as these ones. For non-health conscious consumers, which recipe do you think would be best? Does the whole wheat flour give them a noticeably different “whole wheat” texture? Also, your recipe doesn’t mention when to add the stevia? I’m assuming with the sugar, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks for the help!

            • Hi Noel! Yes, add the stevia with sugar. As for my personal preference, I preferred these just because they WERE more fluffy and I love that. If your friend doesn’t care about healthy foods and might have a sweeter tooth than me, I would recommend adding a bit extra sugar in there as well. The cupcakes as they were, were not very sweet (except for the frosting). Hope this helps! I’d love to hear your thoughts about the outcome! 🙂

          22. Great recipe! I loved the icing, though I used Duncan Hines Devil’s Food cake mix and substituted red wine (a Malbec in my case) for the water in the recipe on the box. They came out incredible! Super fluffy and moist, with just a hint of wine in the cake. So for those of you who want a slightly easier method, or don’t want to make the cake from scratch, trying spiking a box mix 😉

          23. This recipe is brilliant! Def going to try these…

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