Friday, January 20, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes

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Cupcakes aren't something we eat regularly in our house. These sweet treats are reserved for special occasions.  The Santa Barbara News-Press asked the girls and me to make cupcakes for a recent article and this is what we come up with. With Valentine's Day coming up next month I thought it the perfect time to share some very special cupcakes to wow your love. These have a chocolate raspberry surprise in the middle. To make them extra glam we top them with a single raspberry and a sprinkling of edible gold leaf. Who could resist that?
Photo by THOMAS KELSEY/NEWS-PRESS PHOTOS

Next Thursday, 1/26 from 9 – 10 AM (PST) you can catch me on KZSB AM 1290 (Santa Barbara, California). The program also streams live audio and video online at www.nippers.com and www.newspress.com, and appears On Demand on Cox Cable.


Raspberry & Chocolate Filled Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup milk

Filling
8 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips
1/2cup heavy cream
24 raspberries, divided

Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter with a mixer at medium speed. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, beating well after each. Stir in the vanilla. Mix in the flour mixture until combined. Slowly mix in the milk until smooth, taking care not to overbeat. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool completely.  

For the Frosting:
Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy. Beat in vanilla and confectioners sugar. Set aside.

For the Filling:
In a double boiler over simmering water, melt chocolate with cream, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Pour into a pastry bag or a plastic bag with small corner snipped off.

To Assemble:
Using a melon baller, scoop a hole about the size of a raspberry from the center of the cupcakes. Pipe about half a teaspoon of chocolate into the holes. Insert a raspberry upside down on top and fill with chocolate. Frost Cupcakes and top with a single raspberry.

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48 comments:

  1. i love this! what a delight for you and your littles.

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  2. These look gorgeous - love the "surprise" element. And yes, a perfect Valentine's Day recipe! Congrats on the wonderful PR - and you look beautiful in that cover story!

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  3. Those are gorgeous - and look at you all famous! ha

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  4. lovely cupcakes....so happy for your newspaper feature. You deserve all the good press, you are great!

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  5. Wow... Congratulations Marina! The cupcakes look yummy, and you and the girls look beautiful as usual...XoXo

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  6. This looks so yummy! Congrats on your PR! I love following your blog and have passed an award on to you! Your blog is one of my favorite reads! you can find the details here:
    http://meetmeonthebrightside.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-got-two-more-awards.html
    Thanks!
    -Kristin

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  7. Congrats on the cover story! These look divine!

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  8. Anonymous9:51 AM

    I am so making these for valentine's day. Thanks!

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  9. Scrumptious cupcakes..perfect for Valentines Day

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  10. How exciting for you all! That pic is too cute. And of course, these look divine. Too pretty to eat.

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  11. Congrats on the article! Those cupcakes sound Delicious!!!! Perfect for Valentines day!

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  12. These are ADORABLE!!!!! SO SO Cute!

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  13. I love cupcakes and especially love one's with surprises inside!! I hope you and your family have an amazing weekend. Congrats, on the press....you deserve it girl!! xoxo

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  14. Okay...these look to die for! How fun to be in the paper together! Your girls are beautiful just like their momma!

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  15. Oh my goodness.......that looks sooo good...please share them @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party tonight @6 CT. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Oh my goodness-these look amazing! I am going to have to use a GF flour blend and make these for my hubby this weekend!

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  17. Marina, I have the feeling this is only the beginning for you, as far as being in the spotlight:) Fabulous article, and your cupcakes look scrumptious!

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  18. So yummy and so well presented!:)

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  19. What gorgeous cupcakes! Your photos are beautiful and your cupcakes look amazing!!

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  20. Gorgeous as usual Marina!! Love to see you and girls together too!!!!

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  21. i'm craving for this right now!!!!!!!
    i would love to see the video, i'm sure it's a great story :)
    have a nice weekend!!! xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  22. The centers for these sound phenomenal. I would go crazy to try this deliciousness!

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  23. Congratulations on the article! I love the look of these cupcakes and the little surprise inside. What a treat.

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  24. Aren't those gorgeous! I'm glad you mentioned the gold leaf. At first glance I thought it was sugar. Gold is so hard to photograph! I have the worst time with it.

    I'm bookmarking these...so perfect for V day. :)

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  25. I absolutely fell in love with the gold leaf!!!! So pretty and great for a Valentine's Day indulgence.

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  26. How exciting! That is such a sweet picture and the cupcake sounds amazing!!

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  27. That hidden surprise will make your guest love it!

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  28. Ohh Marina I absolutely LOVE these, how gorgeous!! You've really made me love sugary fruit, it's so pretty :) You never cease to amaze me! xoxo

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  29. I *heart* chocolate and raspberry! These will be perfect for Valentine's Day. I also adore chocolate and orange...just a hint of a request...

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  30. honestly these are the cutest cupcakes I've ever seen I just love filled cupcakes and these are amazing

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  31. I love the combination of raspberries and chocolate!

    http://daily-iphoneography.posterous.com

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  32. love the surprise part ! cute cupcakes...

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  33. Raspberries and chocolate is my absolute favorite combination. This cupcake is simply delightful -- and your article with the girls, delightful as well.

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  34. These look amazing! and the picture with your and your girls baking is priceless!

    xoxo
    Petchie
    http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

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  35. prettiest cupcakes ever!!!

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  36. gorgeous cupcakes. gorgeous girls. and gold leaf to boot. who could ask for anything more? bravo on the article and upcoming show!

    michele

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  37. Oh, WOW, Marina ... these cupcakes are beautiful!! Love your creative mind. Congrats on the feature article!
    Tracey

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  38. I must first say, it's been a while since I've enjoyed some 'Yummy Mummy.' (I'm sorry for it!) But boy, have I missed perusing all of your tantalizing treats. You really are so talented, Marina! And your blog, despite my absence, is truly a favorite. So, congratulations on the recognition. You deserve it!

    Lastly, thank you for your recent encouragement and kind words. Your comments always make me feel better. Lots of love... XO!

    Gillian

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  39. What beautiful cupcakes - really special, I love the addition of the edible gold leaf - congrats on your publicity - it is well deserved!
    Mary x

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  40. These cupcakes look DELISH!! Wish you could ship them to me!! ;)

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  41. Oh my those cupcakes look so good. I want one right this very minute. What a beautiful blog you have, I'll be back to visit.

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  42. and that article said everything that I think on a regular basis- you are one of a kind- simply amazing and those cupcakes are to die for

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  43. How amazing do these look! I am thinking I definitely need to make up a batch! xo

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  44. I would be SUPER excited to bite into that surprise!!

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  45. Congrats on the article! These cupcakes look amazing.

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  46. Awesome news! Bet you will be great on TV :) Please share the link with us.
    I still owe you an email! ~xo

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  47. Elegance personified in a cupcake! And to boost, not tot difficult to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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