Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Well last but certainly not least, today I present to you the dessert for your at home Valentine’s day feast. I couldn’t possibly let Valentine’s day go by without some kind of chocolate thrown in the mix so I made some chocolate cupcakes. But these aren’t just any chocolate cupcakes, no, you need something  extra special on Valentine’s day. These decadent dark chocolate cupcakes are filled with sweet raspberry jelly and topped with homemade vanilla butter cream.

Prior to making these cupcakes I had never made any kind of filled cupcakes before. It always seemed like something that was easier to buy, but I was shocked to find out just how easy it was to make them at home. Through trial and error, I discovered that the secret is to make sure the filling is not too thick. Which means that for this recipe, it is important to use jelly instead of preserves, it will make your life a lot easier trust me. Well maybe not your whole life, but at least you cupcake life, and I suppose, if you’re having one of those days, a cupcake can make life seem a whole lot easier.

Note: If you don’t have a pastry bag, you could also cut a small hole in the top of the cupcake, fill with the jelly, replace the part you cut off, then frost as usual.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes Recipe

Makes 12 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jelly
  • Vanilla Buttercream (recipe below)

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.


Sift together cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. In another bowl whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and vegetable oil. Gradually whisk flour mixture into sugar mixture.


Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Allow to cool for several minutes in the cupcake tin. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Place raspberry jelly in a pastry bag fitted with a round tip, insert tip into cupcake and squeeze 1 tablespoon of jelly into the center. (Note: You can also do this with a squirt bottle fitted with a lid).


To make the frosting, yse a hand held mixer to cream butter and powdered sugar, until smooth. Beat in vanilla. If frosting seems too dry add 1 tablespoon milk. Add more milk if desired.


Spoon into a piping bag and frost cupcakes.


Enjoy and Have a Happy Valentine's day!

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    July 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    im looking for delicious cupcakes to make :)
    yay this chocalete cupcake looks great i hope it tastes like it looks (great)

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    May 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    AWEFUL. DRY. BLAND. I will never make these again.
    I made them for a little old man’s birthday, and people were nice enough to say, “yum,” but it was only the filling and my easy fudge frosting that saved the cupcakes. The cake itself was so incredibly dry and bland. BLEH. I actually threw out the leftovers when I got home.

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    February 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I made these cupcakes for Valentine’s Day and gave them to my friends and teachers. They were delicious! Thanks for a great recipe.

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    September 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Great recipe! I’m learning to make filled cupcakes this week, and this was the cupcake i made for practicing. Love it!

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    February 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I love to bake especially “special” things! I have a wonderful recipe for filled chocolate cupcakes that you fill with a dollup of cream cheese and chocolate chips before baking. Super easy and oh, so scrumptious! Frosting is totally not necessary on these! I have added Hershey’s raspberry filled chocolate baking pieces instead of regular chocolate chips and those are my favorite! I am new to this site, but would be happy to share the recipe if you tell me how to do that.

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    February 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Those looks amazing! I love the chocolate raspberry combo. Great pic too. I love the way you have the raspberries all over the pate!

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    February 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Gorgeous. What a delicious combination.

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    February 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    These cupcakes look fantastic. YUM!

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    February 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I love chocolate and raspberry together!! Those looks so yummy!

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    February 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Wow, looks perfect for a valentines day treat!!

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