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Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes

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I’m a wine lover.  I grew up on the Central Coast of California – wine country – so it makes sense that I can appreciate wine.  If you’ve been following my baking recipes, you know I pull inspiration from things I see and love.  It just makes sense that my favorite chocolate cupcake is adorned with a beautiful, creamy merlot frosting! Plus, wine and chocolate are always a wonderful pairing 🙂

This is the same chocolate cupcake recipe as my Tapatio Hot Sauce Cupcakes, with a different frosting.  You won’t boil off the alcohol in this recipe – so be aware that these are alcoholic.

Can we start baking already!?

What you need:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box (3.9 oz) chocolate pudding/pie filling powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Merlot Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (not low fat – FULL fat!)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4-6 tablespoons merlot (plus a sip for yourself)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • red food coloring
  • milk chocolate shavings

Make them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prep your muffin pans.  I prefer the smaller mini cupcakes and the silicone muffin pans (way easier cleanup and even cooking!). Spray them with olive oil very lightly, or use cupcake liners.

In a small bowl, mix together the cake mix, pudding mix and chocolate chips. Coat the chips completely.

Add the chocolate mixture to your mixing bowl and add the eggs, oil, water, and sour cream. Mix until well combined, but do not over mix!

Fill muffin cups 1/2 way full with batter.

Bake 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

FROSTING:

Beat the cream cheese for 4 minutes on medium high.

Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

Add heavy whipping cream, wine, and vanilla, then beat until soft peaks begin to form.

Taste the frosting and decide at this point if you want it to have a stronger wine flavor. Add more wine if necessary.

If you want a bolder color, put a couple of drops of food coloring in.

Once the cupcakes are completely cool, frost! I coarsely chopped up a Hershey bar and sprinkled chocolate over the tops of the cupcakes.

Eat responsibly! 😉

Mmmmmm more yummies for you!

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5 from 6 votes

Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes

Wine and chocolate go together beautifully... so why not turn that into a cupcake?! This recipe contains alcohol that is not burned off, so be aware!

Ingredients

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box 3.9 oz chocolate pudding/pie filling powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • Merlot Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese not low fat - FULL fat!
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4-6 tablespoons merlot plus a sip for yourself
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • red food coloring
  • milk chocolate shavings

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prep your muffin pans.  I prefer the smaller mini cupcakes and the silicone muffin pans (way easier cleanup and even cooking!). Spray them with olive oil very lightly, or use cupcake liners.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cake mix, pudding mix and chocolate chips. Coat the chips completely.
  • Add the chocolate mixture to your mixing bowl and add the eggs, oil, water, and sour cream. Mix until well combined, but do not over mix!
  • Fill muffin cups 1/2 way full with batter.
  • Bake 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

FROSTING:

  • Beat the cream cheese for 4 minutes on medium high.
  • Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add heavy whipping cream, wine, and vanilla, then beat until soft peaks begin to form.
  • Taste the frosting and decide at this point if you want it to have a stronger wine flavor. Add more wine if necessary.
  • If you want a bolder color, put a couple of drops of food coloring in.
  • Once the cupcakes are completely cool, frost! I coarsely chopped up a Hershey bar and sprinkled chocolate over the tops of the cupcakes.

Eat responsibly! 😉

    Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

    33 Comments

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        HAHAHAHHA! Hey – fat but HAPPY, right!? 😉

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        Thanks SO much, Dana! They really are AMAZING

    1. kathy pease Reply

      These looksso yummy and I will have to try out the recipe 🙂

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        When you do… I’ll pop over for a few! hehe!

    2. 5 stars
      These look divine! Now that my child is 21, she’d enjoy these too!

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        Ohhhhh 21 year olds only, for sure! HAHA! They really are DELICIOUS! The flavors explode in your mouth!

    3. Julie Wood Reply

      These cupcakes look amazing. I love all the ingredients and want to make these for a summertime treat!

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        You definitely should, Julie! SOOOO YUMMY and decadent!

    4. 5 stars
      These sound so interesting but also so good! I really want to try them now! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. 🙂

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        You are so welcome, Lauryn! I hope you make them!!!

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        Definitely shoot the recipe to her or surprise her with a batch!

    5. 5 stars
      These cupcakes sound absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to make them. Thanks

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        Thank you so much, Debbie! I can’t wait for you to make them!!

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        Thank you, Marisela! They taste better than they look!! 🙂

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        Mmmmm mmmm! Perfect chocolate and wine mixture!

      • Jeni Hawkins Reply

        Thank you so much, Stephanie! They taste better than they look!

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