Friday, February 13, 2009

Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Raspberry Chambord Buttercream Frosting







I was really excited about making these because these are the first cupcakes I've ever made! I really want to start baking more, and I thought that cupcakes would be the perfect treat for Valentines Day. When I saw these cupcakes in my Martha Stewart Living magazine, I thought they would be perfect to make because I'm such a huge brownie fan. I added raspberry extract and Chambord to the buttercream to give it a little extra something for Valentines Day! I thought that these turned out great! My husband, me and my co workers just loved about them and I will definitely be making them again!

For the Brownies

Ingredients:
Source: Martha Stewart

Vegetable oil cooking spray
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
15 ounces (3 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Coat an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray, line bottom with parchment, then spray parchment.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until chocolate melts.
  3. Attach bowl to mixer, add sugar, and whisk on medium-high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture.
  4. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Spread remaining batter in square pan. Bake until set but still soft, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins and pan on wire racks.
  5. Frost cupcakes with buttercream. Cut out 24 hearts from brownie in pan using a 1 1/2-inch heart-shaped cutter. Top each cupcake with a heart.


For the Buttercream

Ingredients
Adapted from Martha Stewart

12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon Raspberry Extract
1 teaspoon Chambord
3-4 Drops Red Food Coloring

Directions

Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.


Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes. (After every 2 additions, increase speed to high, and beat for 10 seconds, then reduce speed to medium-high). Add Raspberry extract, red food coloring and Chambord, and beat until buttercream is smooth. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (Bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth before using.)

9 comments:

Stephanie said...

These are super cute!! Glad to know they are tasty too. Great job!!

Katie said...

OMGosh! I love your blog more with EVERY post! I LOOOOVE raspberry and Chombard (obviously) and I think it's the perfect combo with brownies! When shall I be over for one? :)

Joelen said...

This looks so adorable and so deliciously festive!

Melanie said...

Beautiful cupcakes! I love the heart brownie garnish - brilliant!

Colleen said...

Raspberry CHAMBORD buttercream?! Wow!

pinkietries said...

These are beautiful! The perfect valentine's day treat! Can I have one?

Maria said...

Fabulous!! I am loving this sweet treat!

Charlie said...

iam making these for a party tomoro!!! iam uping the wow facter by adding a fresh raspberry to each cupcake w the heart brownie!!!! cant wait to see the guests reactiont o sucha gourmet homemade treat!!!

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