Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting

Dark and decadent Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with creamy Red Velvet Frosting! What?!? These chocolate cupcakes are like a shot of love potion right to the heart. Plus we’ve got a super cute Valentine printable today.

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You’ve had chocolate cupcakes.

And you’ve had red velvet cake.

But have you ever tried a dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting?!

If not, it’s time.

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This ultra moist chocolate cupcake recipe starts with a rich blend of dark cocoa powder, butter, buttermilk, and Gold Medal Flour.

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Gold Medal All Purpose Flour is so consistently light and fresh, it’s always my first choice for baking cupcakes. It provides that fluffy, yet moist crumb that really makes a cupcake shine.

Making Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting #valentinesday #valentine #cupcakes #chocolate #freeprintables

Now let’s talk about the red velvet frosting…

The three things that make a red velvet cake “red velvet” are buttermilk, a little bit of cocoa powder, and a heck of a lot of red food coloring.

So we added these things to our frosting base, with a little cream cheese, to make the buttermilk twang really stand out.

The results are a rich and tangy vibrantly red frosting that looks marvelous piled high on the dark chocolate cupcakes.

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To set this Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting apart for Valentines Day, we’ve added lovey-dovey chocolate words on top!

This is a very simple garnish.

Melt chocolate and pour into a squirt bottle or piping bag with a small tip. Then lay wax paper out on your counter top and write connected words like: Love, Hugs, Kisses, Smooch, Hubba Hubba, You+Me, Swoon, Cutie, and so on.

Chocolate Garnishes for Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting #valentinesday #valentine #cupcakes #chocolate #freeprintables

Make sure to write more words than needed, because some will break when you pick them up.

Once the chocolate hardens, peel the wax paper off the back and place them on top of the Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting.

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A friend showed me this easy way to package cupcakes, so you can deliver pristine Valentine cupcakes all day long.

Place each cupcake in a short clear plastic tumbler and place the tumbler in a cellophane bag. Then tie with twine or ribbon and add a cute tag. The cup protects the frosting and garnish from getting smashed.

Brilliant, right? I have some pretty smart friends.

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To complete your packaging, we’ve got fun cupcake tags for you today, as a little extra thanks-for-visiting-us-each-week gift.

Hopefully these make your Valentine treat project a little easier!

Free Valentine Cupcake Printable Tag on ASpicyPerspective.com #valentinesday #valentine #freeprintable #printable

To use our Valentine Tag Printable…

Link Here: Free Valentine Cupcake Printable Tag on ASpicyPerspective.com

We recommend printing on white card stock paper.

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This easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting, along with the sweet tags and wrappings, will be a hit at your office or in your child’s classroom this year.

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61 comments on “Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Red Velvet Frosting

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted February 7, 2014 at 6:43 am Reply

    Those look so tasty and cute. I really love the creative but easy packaging!

  2. The Bearfoot Bakerposted February 7, 2014 at 6:02 am Reply

    You are right, I have had chocolate, and I have had red velvet cupcakes but never chocolate cupcakes with red velvet frosting! I can’t wait to make these. TFS

  3. Betty Lynneposted February 7, 2014 at 7:14 am Reply

    You had me at dark chocolate…then made me swoon with red velvet frosting. Then the completely perfect packaging sent me over the edge! Wow!

  4. TidyMomposted February 7, 2014 at 7:31 am Reply

    these are adorable Sommer! I love the chocolate words on top!!

    I’ve sent cupcakes to my daughter’s work packaged that way – it’s such a fun way to package!

  5. marlaposted February 7, 2014 at 7:34 am Reply

    Everything about these cupcakes & the tags are precious!!

  6. Erikaposted February 7, 2014 at 7:34 am Reply

    I’m so in love with those cupcakes.. Those chocolate garnishes are so cute… Definitely making these..

  7. Jenny Flakeposted February 7, 2014 at 7:49 am Reply

    Too cute Sommer!! Perfect little Valentine’s Cupcakes! Happy Friday!

  8. Ali @ Inspiralizedposted February 7, 2014 at 7:52 am Reply

    These are adorable!!

  9. Mariaposted February 7, 2014 at 8:25 am Reply

    Super cute!

  10. Samanthaposted February 7, 2014 at 9:08 am Reply

    I can’t take how cute these are!!! adorable. That packaging is equally as cute!

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted February 7, 2014 at 9:22 am Reply

    Sommer- total home-run with these… they are so stinkin’ cute!!!!

  12. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchenposted February 7, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply

    These cupcakes are so adorable, Sommer!!

  13. Heather Christoposted February 7, 2014 at 10:04 am Reply

    these are just so, so sweet! I absolutely love the little chocolate phrases on the top!!

  14. janeposted February 7, 2014 at 10:55 am Reply

    love love love!

  15. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm Reply

    These are ADORABLE and I love the attention to detail you put into these cupcakes!! I would love to be on the recipient end on Valentine’s Day at your house ;)

  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted February 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm Reply

    loving these

  17. Leslieposted February 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

    These are just the cutest cupcakes in all the land!

  18. Chrisposted February 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm Reply

    How did you guess that some of us can’t stand the idea or the use of food coloring?! Thank you for being so thoughtful. Great recipe and lovely decoration idea.

  19. Gabyposted February 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm Reply

    So adorable! I just love the chocolate words!

  20. Tamaraposted February 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Red velvet frosting? Genius! And I really love the chocolate words you used to top the cupcakes. Such a cute idea!

  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted February 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm Reply

    These are so perfect! I love the chocolate words!!

  22. Tieghan Gerardposted February 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Adorable!! The chocolate words are so fun and your red is SO red! Love it!

  23. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 8, 2014 at 8:29 am Reply

    These are just too cute! I love how you made the chocolate in to Valentine sayings.

  24. Moniqueposted February 8, 2014 at 10:23 am Reply

    What a talented girl you are!

  25. Paula – bell’alimentoposted February 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm Reply

    These cupcake look divine!

  26. Annetteposted February 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm Reply

    After you put the cupcake in the plastic glass and deliver it looking all nice and pristine, how does the recipient take it out of the glass without destroying it, or having to turn the cupcake upside down and getting frosting everywhere?

    • Sommerposted February 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Good question Annette. I slid one out on its side until I could grab the paper and it was perfect. ;)

  27. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted February 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm Reply

    These are just so cute! love them!

  28. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm Reply

    These cupcakes look fantastic!

  29. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted February 10, 2014 at 10:16 am Reply

    These are too cute for words. That frosting looks whipped to perfection, and the cake looks decadent and rich. Those tags…love ’em!

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  31. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted February 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Cutest cupcakes ever!! Totally swoon worthy :D

  32. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted February 12, 2014 at 7:30 am Reply

    so super cute! Pinned

  33. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted February 12, 2014 at 8:10 am Reply

    Gorgeous cupcakes Sommer – love those chocolate words, such a nice touch!

  34. Marlyposted February 12, 2014 at 9:31 am Reply

    So sweet! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  35. katieposted February 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm Reply

    How cute are these cupcakes?!?!? And red velvet frosting? swoon!

  36. Yvonneposted February 13, 2014 at 11:38 am Reply

    A pound of butter……that seems like ALOT! Did anyone halve the recipe and still have enough?

    • Sommerposted February 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm Reply

      Hi Yvonne, it is a lot of frosting, but not too much it you like to pile it on like I do. ;)

  37. Mamawithasweetoothposted February 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Hi what kind of chocolate do you recommend if ‘melts’ aren’t on hand? Thanks!!

    • Sommerposted February 14, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply

      Go with dark chocolate. :)

  38. Shainaposted February 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Love, love, love the chocolate decorations on these. Adorable.

  39. sarahposted March 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Hey! I want to make these for my engagement party. Can I bake and ice the day before and store in the fridge? Would they hold their shape and taste alright?

    • Sommerposted March 5, 2014 at 6:38 am Reply

      Hi Sarah, Yes!

  40. Jennifer Fraunfelderposted March 14, 2014 at 2:50 am Reply

    My daughter’s 9th birthday is coming up and she absolutely loves red velvet cake. It is her favorite cake of all time. She requested red velvet cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes. But with green frosting on all of the cupcakes.
    I then came across your recipe and This will take care of both the Red Velvet and the Chocolate so that I can do a Vanilla Cupcake as well (for those non-chocolate/non-red velvet lovers out there…imagine if there are any in the world, LOL). Her Theme is a Minecraft party …. hence the reason for Green frosting on the cupcakes. I can not wait to use this recipe, replacing the red in the frosting with green. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will have to come back and let you know how it turned out. I am sure it will be a super huge hit with my daughter and the party goers.

  41. Jennifer Fraunfelderposted March 14, 2014 at 2:54 am Reply

    Oh and I forgot to mention, Sommer, I will attempt to try my hand at the chocolate writings as well. Perhaps in her name or some sort of minecraft saying or something. wouldn’t that be cute? You can’t find minecraft cupcake toppers anywhere unless you make them or on etsy. So these will be perfect, and edible too. I can not wait to bake these next weekend.

    • Sommerposted March 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Thanks Jennifer! Definitely let me know how they turn out. :)

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  44. Candida Godoyposted February 6, 2015 at 8:01 am Reply

    I have to make around 100 cupcakes. Can I make the chocolate words ahead of time and how would I store them and for how long

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  47. Shilpaposted March 23, 2015 at 2:06 am Reply

    Hi Sommer,
    I really love the fact that you’ve made the frosting a red velvet one!
    Ok, just a couple of questions – where I live, there is extreme heat most of the time, and nearly 90% humidity. Would you recommend that the cream cheese is slightly on the colder side?
    Also, for a stiffer icing, should I reduce the quantity of cream cheese?
    Thank you x

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  49. Cynthia Chappellposted December 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm Reply

    I would like to make this into a cake rather than cupcakes for Christmas.  I will decorate it with green chocolate leaves. Do I need to change anything in the recipe?  How many layers so you think this would make?

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