Raspberry & Chocolate Valentine’s Cupcakes

Beautiful, delicious and full of heart – these raspberry & chocolate Valentine’s cupcakes are the perfect way to share your love. With moist raspberry cupcakes, a raspberry jam centre, and topped with a luxurious chocolate buttercream frosting. Plus, they’re easy to make!

Close-up of a raspberry & chocolate Valentine's cupcake, decorated with chocolate buttercream and a heart-shaped pink cookie.

Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? Feel free to say no – I know I’m pretty indifferent about the whole affair, myself. I’ve always thought that the spontaneous expression of love is so much more meaningful than a bouquet of roses on the 14th of February.

But anyway, Valentine’s Day or not, cupcakes are always welcome, even when decorated with heart-shaped cookies. (Or, maybe, especially then.)

These raspberry & chocolate Valentine’s cupcakes combine two of the best flavours out there. The bittersweetness of chocolate and the refreshing tartness of raspberries – which perfectly complement each other.

Raspberry & chocolate Valentine's cupcakes, decorated with a chocolate buttercream and heart-shaped pink cookies, arranged in an antique baking pan.

First, we’ve got the raspberry cupcakes themselves – flavoured (and coloured) with a raspberry reduction and some beetroot powder for an extra natural colour boost. You can, of course, use a pink food colouring, but I’ve always preferred natural alternatives myself.

The cupcakes are moist, delicate and fluffy – just how we like them. The raspberry flavour comes through beautifully, especially in combination with the raspberry jam centre.

Filling the holes in raspberry cupcakes with raspberry jam.

There’s something magical about biting into a gorgeous cupcake, only to discover it’s hiding a delicious secret – an oozing centre of raspberry (or chocolate) goodness.

You can either use a raspberry jam, maybe spruced up with a squeeze of lemon juice to make it more refreshing, or the raspberry reduction with a spoonful of powdered sugar stirred into it.

And then, to top it all off: the most decadent, luscious, luxurious chocolate buttercream frosting. This is my go-to recipe that I use all the time – in my ultimate gluten free chocolate cake, in the triple chocolate cupcakes… and it’s PERFECT every single time.

Piping the chocolate buttercream onto raspberry cupcakes.

It also pipes beautifully – here, I’ve used the Wilton 2D piping nozzle, with creates a gorgeous swirl on top of the cupcake. Seriously, look how glossy and elegant and just plain beautiful it is!!!

Piping the chocolate buttercream onto raspberry cupcakes, a close-up.

As a finishing touch, a sprinkling of crushed freeze-dried raspberries as a pretty pink dusting on top of the rich buttercream swirls, and a heart-shaped cookie – these are, after all, romantic Valentine’s Day cupcakes.

Close-up of a chocolate buttercream-topped cupcake in an antique baking pan. It's been sprinkled with crushed freeze-dried raspberries.

Now, I’ve had some heart-shaped sugar cookies on hand. They are simple gluten free sugar cookies with either cocoa powder or raspberry reduction + beetroot powder added, rolled out, cut in the shape of a heart and baked.

Decorating the Valentine's cupcakes with heart-shaped cookies.

Close-up of a raspberry & chocolate Valentine's cupcake on a stack of three decorative plates.

If you don’t feel like making these, for whatever reason, you can use heart-shaped chocolate decorations, or even pink-coloured marzipan cut out in the shape of a heart. Go crazy, and cutesy, and even a bit kitschy. Just… enjoy it and have fun.

So here we are. Romantic, delicious and beautiful, these raspberry & chocolate Valentine’s cupcakes are perfect for any time of the year, not just the 14th of February. Make them for your loved ones, or even just for yourself – after all, cupcakes sound like the perfect way to show some self-love.

Raspberry & chocolate Valentine's cupcake on a stack of three decorative plates, with a bite taken out of it. The raspberry jam centre is oozing out of the middle.

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Raspberry & Chocolate Valentine’s Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

Beautiful, delicious and full of heart – these raspberry & chocolate Valentine’s cupcakes are the perfect way to share your love. With moist raspberry cupcakes, a raspberry jam centre, and topped with a luxurious chocolate buttercream frosting. Plus, they’re easy to make!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten Free
Keyword chocolate buttercream frosting, chocolate cupcake recipe, raspberry cupcakes recipe, Valentine's Day cupcakes, Valentine's Day dessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For raspberry cupcakes:

  • 2 cups (225 g) raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 4 medium egg whites, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp (60 g) yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups + 3 tbsp (265 g) plain gluten free flour blend (I've used a simple shop-bought blend containing only rice, potato and maize flour with no added xanthan gum)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp beetroot powder (optional for a more intense pink colour)
  • 1 1/4 cup (250 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (226 g) unsalted butter, softened

For chocolate buttercream frosting:

  • 3 sticks (340 g) softened unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (240 g) powdered/icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 1/4 oz (150 g) dark chocolate, melted and cooled until warm/room temperature

For assembling and decorating the cupcakes:

  • ~3 - 4 tbsp raspberry jam
  • freeze-dried raspberries
  • heart-shaped cookies or other decorations of choice

Instructions

For raspberry cupcakes:

  1. First, make the raspberry reduction:

    In a small saucepan, cook the raspberries on medium-high heat until they have released their juice and part of the liquid has evaporated.

    Pass the raspberry mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds and skin.

    Return the raspberry juice to the saucepan and cook further until it has decreased in volume to about 5 - 6 tbsp.

    Allow to cool.

  2. Pre-heat the oven to 355 ºF (180 ºC) and line the cupcake baking tin with cupcake liners.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the egg whites, yogurt or sour cream, milk, raspberry reduction and vanilla paste. Set aside.

  4. Sift together the gluten free flour blend, xanthan gum, baking powder and beetroot powder. Add in the sugar and salt, and mix well.

  5. Add the softened butter to the dry ingredients. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer with the double beater attachment, whisk the butter into the dry ingredients until you get small, pea-sized pieces.

  6. Add the milk+egg mixture and whisk until you get a smooth cupcake batter.

  7. Evenly distribute the cupcake batter among the cupcake cases – they should be each about 3/4 filled.

  8. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 355 ºF (180 ºC) for about 20 - 22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  9. Allow to cool.

For chocolate buttercream frosting:

  1. In a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer with the double beater attachments, beat the butter for 2 - 3 minutes, until pale and fluffy.

  2. Add the powdered sugar, and beat for a further 5 minutes.

  3. Add the cocoa powder and salt, and beat until evenly distributed in the buttercream.

  4. Add in the melted (and cooled) dark chocolate, and beat until you get a rich, fluffy chocolate frosting with an even chocolate brown colour.

Assembling the cupcakes:

  1. Use an apple corer or a piping nozzle, turned upside-down, to create a hole in the middle of each cupcake. Fill it with the raspberry jam.

  2. Pipe the chocolate buttercream frosting with piping nozzle of choice (I used a Wilton 2D nozzle).

  3. Sprinkle with crushed freeze-dried raspberries, and top with heart-shaped pink cookies or other decorations of choice.

  4. Enjoy!

Storage:

  1. The raspberry & chocolate Valentine's cupcakes keep well in a closed container in a cool dry place for about 2 - 3 days.

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