Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes

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    Red, red, wiiiiiiine. Goes to my heeaaaad. Makes me forget that I…should be writing a blog post and not singing to you guys…..haha, but really, do you remember that song by UB40?! I’m sure you do, it’s a classic! Every time I have red wine or see red wine, that song plays in my head as if it’s some commercial.

    It’s Friday! Which means wine-o-clock soon (er, now?) but I’m presenting you wine in cupcake form!! It’s so good and it gave me a buzz, LOL. I’m really light weight so making these (and tasting them along the way) gave me a buzz and then after eating nothing all day and downing 2 of these babies after  frosting them…wooo! I was definitely feeling it, haha!

    These cupcakes are SUPER moist, as you can tell from my first picture, but if you’re thinking they’re one of those boozy treats that have that subtle alcohol taste – well, this isn’t one of them. You can DEFINITELY taste the wine in this so you’ll want to use some good red wine – well, not super good, but you know, something you’d drink! No boxed wine, you college girl, you ;) The frosting is light and fluffy and has that subtle cheesecake-like bite. So delish!! I mean – wine and chocolate together in a cupcake is such a WINNER!

    So, what’s everyone doing this weekend? It’s Jason & I’s third dating anniversary on Sunday. Whaaaat?! Yeah, and we’re getting married in less than 2 months. Crazy!! I’m working on addressing invitations this weekend and sending them out on Monday. Although, I must say, I’m not really confident that they’ll all get to their recipients cause when I went to the post office earlier this week to ask them how much postage it’d take to send my invites and I handed them to the lady, she kept touching it, feeling it, weighing it..and then just threw out “66 cents.” I feel like she just made that up!! I should totally get a second opinion – right?!

    I hope you have a fantabulous weekend! See you back here on Monday….for yet another boozy treat ;) I meaaannn, c’mon – you gotta get through the case of the Monday’s somehow!!

    5 from 1 vote

    Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes

    Red wine + chocolate in a cupcake? Sign me up!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 dozen
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the cupcakes

    • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
    • 3/4 cup red wine, any kind you like
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 cup + 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder
    • 1/8 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

    For the frosting

    • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
    • 1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
    • 2 tbsp granulated sugar


    • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners or lightly grease the cavities.
    • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the egg and egg yolk, beating well, then add the red wine and vanilla. Don't worry if the batter looks a little uneven.
    • Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
    • Using a large ice cream scoop, divide batter into lined muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • In the meantime, to make the frosting, whip together mascarpone cheese, heavy whipping cream, and granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Put frosting into piping bag with whichever tip you choose, or you can put it into a ziploc bag and snip the corner and pipe that way. Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before you pipe. You don't want to end up with a melted mess :)
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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  • Maria says:

    I love the cute little cupcakes stand! These look great!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    You’re so right..chocolate and red wine do go together! My favorite combo..I bet these cupcakes are heavenly!

  • marla says:

    These are lovely cupcakes and I love the way you snuck the wine in there!

  • Carrie says:

    1. LOVE that song
    2. Totally making the cupcakes
    3. 66 cents??? Yeah another opinion is needed.
    4. Love you!!

  • [email protected]erspective says:

    I keep hearing about wine IN chocolate instead of wine with chocolate. I think I better try it!

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    I LOVE boozy treats- chocolate and red wine go together so well that I’m sure these are to die for.

    In terms of the 66 cents- that sounds about right. Our invites were pretty thick and we just used those Wedding Cake ones (pretty standard for invites I think.) You could also weigh it on your kitchen scale and enter it into the USPS website to make sure! xo

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Red wine + chocolate? AMEN.

  • Kathryn says:

    I’m not much of a red wine fan unless it’s in cake form so this looks like a perfect treat! Have an awesome weekend Julie, I hope you guys do something fun to celebrate : )

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    It sure is wine o’clocko here. Love these, girl!

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    Wine-o’clock started for me last night :) These look great!

  • Daisy says:

    I cannot wait to try these! I work at a winery and love bringing my fellow pourers treats! I might have to bring these tonight for wine-thirty :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I LOVE moist cupcakes. And seriously what was with the lady at the post office? All she needs to do is pop that sucker on the scale and weigh it for you. Go to a different one or go back to the same and ask them to weigh it so they can tell you how much postage it’ll need. And happy early anniversary!!! :)

  • Gaby says:

    look sooooooo good!!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Gorgeous! Happy early anniversary!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    I love baking with booze but have never baked with red wine! Must change that! And those cupcake stands are freaking cute!

  • Soulmates81 says:

    Have you heard of a wine called Chocovine? It’s a red wine with chocolate in it. I know it sounds yucky, but is absolutely delicious! These cupcakes will be perfect! Thanks!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    SHUT THE OVEN DOOR?!!!! These cupcakes are freaking awesome! Wine and Chocolate, yes please!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Cupcake perfection!

  • Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    I love every single flavor happening in this cupcake – what a perfect way to celebrate the weekend! :D

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness says:

    I’ll be right over.

  • a farmer in the dell says:

    now you have that song stuck in my head! hahah. These look amazing!

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} says:

    That second photo is obviously what cupcakes look like in heaven. I want one. You’re killing me. Go ask the P.O. lady how much it would cost to ship me one… For realz. I live in Omaha.

    Happy 3 years!!!!!

  • Little Kitchie says:

    I cannot even describe how much I want one of these in front of me right this very second!!

  • Tracey says:

    These are SO awesome, what a great dessert idea! I’m a total lightweight too, so I’d probably be in trouble after just one of these :)

  • Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine says:

    Now I know what I’m making this weekend! Thanks Julie – all my friends will love me! :-) They look fab!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Red wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven and these cupcakes are glorious!

  • Sarah says:

    What red wine did you use or would you suggest?

    • Julie says:

      I don’t remember the red wine I used :( I suggest just going to the wine store and asking them to suggest something for you. Really, any red wine will work in this. Just no boxed red wine and you’ll be fine! :) I wouldn’t spend over $15 for a bottle either for this recipe. Mine was only $10.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Red wine and chocolate is a fabulous combo and in a cupcake no less!

  • sweet-lab says:

    Boozy cupcakes!! Yes, please! This reminds me of a recipe I once saw for a red velvet cake that used wine as the “red”. Nicely done!

  • Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up says:

    Love the frosting!!!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Perfect little cupcakes!

  • Kelly @ LifemadeSweeter says:

    Wow those cupcakes look yummilicious!! And those cupcake stands are soo cute!! Happy 3rd anniversary and thanks for sharing the great recipe:)

  • Jota says:

    Delicious, i’m in heaven. :D


  • Katie | The Hill Country Cook says:

    WOW. And I’m so making these for my mom, the win-o :)
    And your frosting application is so perfect!

  • Connie says:

    Ok…now I know I’m old…because MY first thought when you started “singing” Red, Red Wine…was Neil Diamond…*sigh*
    The cupcakes look and sound delicious!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    I love red wine and chocolate baked goods! Looks fab Julie!

  • Kelsey says:

    The best way to make wine or chocolate better is to combine the two. Way to go! These will DEFINITELY be happening for a girls night!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    These are so wonderful Julie. Red wine and chocolate can never do any wrong with me. :) Those adorable cupcake stands are perfect! I want them!

  • Sarah says:

    Thanks for the recipe. Try the original version of the song by Tony Tribe… as good as red wine cupcakes!

  • Emily O'Connor says:

    These are AMAZING!! Saw the original recipe by Smitten Kitchen but am so glad you adapted it to cupcake form. I doubled the recipe and they turned out wonderfully. These are so moist and almost have a red velvet taste from the wine. I did have to bake mine closer to 25 mins but that is the only change I made. Thank you so much for posting!

  • Eve Sindelar says:

    Made these for Valentine Day and my husband asked me what bakery I purchased them from! So moist and delicious. The only thing I added was3/4 package Hershey Chocolate Instant Pudding.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Ahh, I love it!!! Thank you for the feedback!

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