Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

These Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes are a classic flavor combination! I used my favorite chocolate cupcake and topped it with a delicious raspberry icing that uses fresh raspberry puree. Delish!

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes
Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

So you know how I mentioned last week that our air conditioning hasn’t been up to par lately and we installed fans? Well we finally got someone out to the house yesterday to check things out. The hubs had a break from lessons and was able to be there, which was great.

Turns out, we have a leak of the coolant, or whatever it’s called, in the air conditioning unit. The good news is that it’s still under warranty, so it can be replaced. The bad news is that he couldn’t actually find where the leak was coming from and he has to find that before they can do whatever has to be done for the warranty.

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

So he filled the coolant back up in both units and did a couple other things and now has to come back out in a month to see which unit looses coolant, or the most coolant, to see if he can find the problem. $500 later we still don’t have it fixed, but it has coolant, so it’s working. And the hubs felt really good about the guy and thinks he did a great job, so that’s good. Hopefully he’ll find it next month and we can get it resolved. Who knew owning a home could be so fun? :)

This is our first home, so I’d say we are learning as we go. Did you know AC units need to be maintained yearly? We didn’t. It just wasn’t one of those things someone told us and it’s not like you come out of the womb knowing that stuff.

But now we know and we’ll be on top of it. Know why? It costs crazy amounts to replace AC units. Like thousands. My parents recently had to do it. I will gladly pay someone a couple hundred a year if I can avoid that expense. My goodness.

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes
Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

So now the house is super cool. It was quite lovely to be able to come home from work today and find that our bedroom wasn’t 80 degrees. I didn’t have to break a sweat changing to walk Jessie! Score!

And now the icing on my cupcakes doesn’t have to melt off. :)

This chocolate cupcake is seriously the best you’ll ever have. It’s so incredibly moist. For days.

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

And I love the beautiful pink shade of the raspberry icing, completely from fresh raspberries. You could substitute frozen raspberries, but you’ll want to thaw and dry them as much as you can first. Otherwise, you’ll have a lot of additional liquid diluting your raspberry puree.

To me chocolate and raspberry is such a fancy flavor combo. I don’t know why, but it just is to me.

And speaking of the word fancy. Every time I say it now I hear Iggy Azalea in my head singing “I’m so fancy.” It just won’t stop. I guess it’s because I’m so fancy. And so are these cupcakes. So you should totally make them. That is, if you’re fancy. 😉

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12-14 cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes
1 cup flour
1 cups sugar
1/4 + 1/8 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water

Raspberry Icing
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tbsp of pureed raspberries


1. To make the cupcakes, add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
2. Add egg, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.
4. Pour batter into cupcakes pans, filling just over half way, and bake at 300 degrees for about 18-22 minutes.
5. When done, remove cupcakes from oven and cupcake tin and allow to cool.
6. While cupcakes cool, make the icing. Add the shortening and butter to a mixer bowl and beat until smooth.
7. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
8. Mix in the pureed raspberries.
9. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
10. Ice the cupcakes.
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  1. I’m glad to hear that your house is cool again. Love these beautiful cupcakes! Chocolate and raspberry is one of my favorite combinations! Thanks for linking to my recipe too :)
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  2. These cupcakes look so cute! And really really delicious :)
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  3. They really look amazing! I did similar Cupcakes 2 months ago and I like them pretty much!
    Please, do more of these :)

    Greetings from Germany!
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  4. Dark chocolate and raspberries are a perfect combination!

  5. Glad to hear that your house is cool again! Love that raspberry frosting! Chocolate and raspberry are such a great combination!
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  6. You are having so much AC drama! And the most amazing part is that your frosting is not melting! Hope things cool off soon. In the meantime, I’m sure these cupcakes will alleviate the stress! They’re beautiful.
    Mir recently posted…White Chocolate CheesecakeMy Profile

  7. I love raspberry and chocolate together! It really does seem fancy–and now the song is stuck in my head! :-) Thanks for sharing and I hope the AC gets permanently fixed as well!
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  8. So fancy and adorable! I love that you paired raspberries with chocolate instead of white chocolate…too often they are only paired with white chocolate and it’s not for everyone! Glad the frosting doesn’t melt off because they are beautiful!
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  9. You’re right, I always think of raspberry and chocolate combos as fancy! Except instead of hearing Iggy, I now hear that Weird Al parody “tacky”….hahah! Glad to hear you have your AC back! I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, especially in this heat!
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  10. The chocolate cupcakes look amazing! And dark, which I love, especially paired with sweet and tart raspberries I can totally understand your AC drama…luckily we haven’t…not that the husband would allow because he’s in HVAC as his profession. But, yes, yearly maintenance is totally necessary to help your system run efficiently. Eventually equipment does wear out but hopefully not prematurely. Hope you find the leak soon!

  11. these cupcakes are beautiful! I love how colorful and fun the pictures are!
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  12. these are too perfect.. i would give the recipe a go, but i doubt my cupcakes would turn out as good! i always ice them too early (i can be very impatient) and the icing slides off!
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    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      I’m sure they’d be great! This icing is less likely to melt with a little bit of shortening in it.

  13. Oh my gosh, I felt that I could smell the raspberry frosting as I was scrolling through this post and gazing at all of the photos!
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  14. These cupcakes look absolutely perfection! Like little angels!!!
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  15. Oh the combination of chocolate and raspberry is to-die for! Yum!
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting recently posted…Coconut Cream Pie Cookie CupsMy Profile

  16. These are sooooo pretty and fluffy!! Raspberry and chocolate are the perfect combination!!
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  17. Your cupcakes definitely look and sound fancy Lindsay! Even before I read through your post (a broken AC and the house temperature at 80°?? That’s insane!!), that was my first thought — how fancy and sophisticated do those swirls of frosting and adorable raspberries on top look! I definitely think of chocolate and raspberries as a fancy flavor combination, even more so than chocolate and strawberries. I bet the entire batch didn’t last very long at all! :) Already pinned!

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    This is my mom’s favorite combination! I’m going to attempt making them this week but I have one question that might seem silly…how do you purée the raspberries? Do they just go through the blender?

  19. Hi!! The Raspberry Chocolate Cupcake recipe sounds great! I have paired raspberry with white chocolate, but never dark…need to make this soon. Question…how do you keep your pureed raspberries red? Mine always turn purple!! Thanks in advance!

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Hmm, I’m not sure about the raspberries turning purple. I don’t remember that being a problem. I just pureed them and added the to the icing.

  20. Hi Lindsay….I want to make these cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. My question is for the raspberry icing…I would like to replace the pureed raspberries w/raspberry liqueur which I have on hand that I use in other recipes. How much of this liqueur would replace the pureed raspberries? Please reply.
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  21. alll purpose flour /no baking powder??

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Yes, that’s correct. I know it seems strange, but I use this chocolate cake recipe all the time and it’s wonderful!

  22. Hi Lindsay….I am still waiting for a reply on this message I sent to you on Feb 6th…..I want to make these cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. My question is for the raspberry icing…I would like to replace the pureed raspberries w/raspberry liqueur which I have on hand that I use in other recipes. How much of this liqueur would replace the pureed raspberries? Please reply.

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      I’m sorry about that Patricia! The way I see comments, all comments from all posts are lumped together and sometimes I miss some. Since I haven’t used raspberry liqueur in place of the raspberry puree before, I can’t say for sure. I’d start with 2-3 tbsp, and then increase from there based on taste preference. If you like the flavor stronger, you’ll probably add more. I wouldn’t add more than 5-6 tbsp, since that might start to thin the icing out a little too much.

  23. Hello.. Can i sub. Bensdorp?

  24. Do you strain your raspberry purée to remove the seeds? If not, do you find that the frosting has a lot of seeds?


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