Perfect Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

This week was probably the slowest week I’ve experienced in my life. I don’t really know why, but life was moving an at absolutely glacial pace. The light at the end of the tunnel, however, was Blackbird.

Blackbird is a 100% vegan pizzeria in Philadelphia, and it is incredible. They have margherita pizza that uses tofu for mozzerella, and their other pies use Daiya and various homemade seitan mock-meats and veggies to create incredible vegan pizza. I hadn’t been to Blackbird in few months, so I decided it was about time that I go back. Mel, my roommate, and I ordered the Yukon Pie, which is one of the more creative choices at the pizzeria.

It’s simply pizza crust with olive oil and thinly sliced yukon potatoes and rosemary. But it is to die for.

Meet Mel!

Another reason I’m in love with Blackbird is that it looks like a plain old pizzeria. They have this punk-rock vibe but there’s no fancy decorations, tablecloths, ambient lighting, or tranquil music. OH, and all of their desserts are supplied by Vegan Treats in Bethlehem. I got a cupcake but didn’t take a picture of it because I was too busy stuffing my face. 😉

The one downside to this pizza is that it’s all carbs, so I was craving fruit and vegetables after word (and we stopped in at Whole Foods to get our produce-fix).

On to more important things… I made those Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Raspberry Frosting I mentioned a few weeks ago. I decided to fool around with my usual cake recipe because I’ve been noticing that it’s pretty dense recently, and I prefer fluffy cake. This cake is perfect.

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Makes 24 mini cupcakes


1 1/4 C Flour

1 C Vegan Cane Sugar

1/3 C Cocoa Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 C Warm Water

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Raspberry Extract

1/3 C Canola Oil

Grease mini cupcake tin and preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well, until completely combined with no chunks.

Add to mixture water, canola oil, extracts, and apple cider vinegar, mixing as you add wet ingredients. Mix well for about 2 minutes, until all liquid and oil is absorbed.

Fill cupcake pan 1/2 full if not using liners, 3/4 full if using liners, and bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then move to cooling racks. Top with Chocolate Raspberry Frosting.

Chocolate Raspberry Frosting


3/4 C Earth Balance, room temperature

2-3 C Confectioners Sugar

3-4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Raspberry Extract

In a mixer, beat Earth Balance until smooth and creamy. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, allowing sugar to be absorbed and whipped into Earth balance between each cup. Add cocoa powder and extracts, and beat at high speed until light and fluffy.

This cake is so unbelievably light and fluffy, and the chocolate and raspberry are perfect in these mini cupcakes.

You just might find yourself eating this cake batter straight from the bowl with a spoon…

It’s that good.


v-day is right around the corner…

I know a lot of people hate Sundays because they are the first sign of Monday, but I really do love Sundays. Today, I slept in (9:30 woohoo!) and drove to my parent’s house around noon. I went to A.C. Moore and spent way more money on way more things than I originally intended. I baked, went to Spinning, and prepped my lunches for the week. Sundays are so productive!

The most appealing product of my Sunday was definitely my Valentine’s Day Themed Mini Cupcakes.

One of my unplanned purchases from A.C. Moore was a mini muffin pan. I see myself getting so much use out of this thing. The only problem with mini cupcakes is that I eat way too many of them since the fact that two mini cupcakes = 1 regular cupcake does not register in my brain.

My first experiment with my muffin tin was these beautiful little Valentine’s Day cupcakes. They’re vanilla cake and vanilla frosting, but when I make them closer to February 14th, I’m going to use chocolate cake and raspberry frosting.

I adapted Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vanilla cupcake recipe and baked the cupcakes at 30 degrees less than the recipe stated and for half the time. They came out perfectly!

Next time I use my muffin tin, however, I’ll make sure to fill them less. I filled them to 3/4 full like with normal cupcakes, but these are cuter when they’re flatter on top, so 1/2 full does the trick perfectly.

Vegan Vanilla Frosting


2/3 C of Softened Earth Balance

3 to 4 C of Confectioner’s Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Almond Milk

In an electric mixer, beat softened earth balance until it appears whipped. Add sugar slowly, mixing in each cup as you go, starting with 3 cups. Add almond milk and beat on high speed. Add vanilla extract, and once mixed in taste frosting. If it’s too “buttery”, add another cup of sugar. If it appears to dry, splash an additional teaspoon of almond milk in. Continue to beat on high speed to achieve whipped and creamy consistency.

I added pink food coloring, but feel free to add whatever coloring you’d like. You can also use different extracts. Next time I make these, I will omit the vanilla and add raspberry extract instead.

These mini cupcakes were a huge hit with all of my roommates and family! They’re a cute little treat to celebrate Valentine’s 🙂

Have a great Monday!