Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream and A Virtual Birthday Party

Devils food makes the best chocolate cupcakes !
To make them spectacular, top them with buttercream frosting that has been made with  fresh raspberries!
Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
I love birthdays don’t you?  I always have.  I would start the countdown to my July 4th birthday sometime in April!  There was something about the anticipation.  I would dream about my cake, my presents and just how fantastic the whole day was going to be, because it was all about ME!  Perhaps I was a little vain back then.
The thing is I haven’t changed that much when it comes to my birthday.  I still look forward to my birthday, but I don’t count down the days anymore.  I’m still all about the cake, but now I prefer to make my own cake, like this angel food cake!.  I’m still giddy with anticipation about all the good things to come.  Although the definition of those good things have changed.  Now it’s not  all about me, but how we celebrate as a family.  I still look forward to the presents.  I haven’t changed at all there!  I absolutely love presents!
Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
I’m joining in on a virtual birthday party for my friend Meghan over at the Tasty Fork.  If you aren’t familiar with her blog, then I urge you to hop on over  right after you finish reading this post!    I’m celebrating her big day with one of my favorite foods: cupcakes!   These rich chocolate cupcakes  have a decadent swirl of buttercream that has been made with pureed fresh raspberries!  They are sweet, pink and girlishly festive!  Perfect for a birthday!
I’m raising a cupcake to you Meghan to wish you Happy Birthday!!!  
There’s more birthday fun on Meghan’s bog!  Go check out all the fabulous ways my friends are celebrating this special birthday!
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream and A Virtual Birthday Party
For the Cupcakes
  • 1 box Devils Food Cake 18,25
  • 1 box chocolate instant pudding 5.9oz
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup water
Raspberry Buttercream
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry extract
  • ¾ cup raspberry puree
  • ½ cup water
  1. Combine cake mix and pudding mix in a large bowl. Blend in sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and water. Beat on medium spend until well blended.
  2. Scoop into two line cupcake pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18 minutes. Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  3. Prepare buttercream
  4. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and shortening. Slowly add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Blend in salt and extracts. Add water by the tablespoon as needed. Stir in raspberry puree and continue to mix until your buttercream is smooth and is piping consistency.
  5. Pipe a generous amount of frosting on each cupcake (I used a closed star Ateco 849 tip to frost my cupcakes).


I’ll be sharing this recipe with these sites as well as with Jam Hands and

57 Responses

  1. Hi Tanya! These cupcakes look divine…love chocolate and raspberries! So much fun seeing what everyone brings to Meghan’s party! Thanks for sharing, pinning and happy Friday!

    • Parties are all about the food! Thanks Cindy!

  2. Yay for Meghan’s birthday!!! I saw these on G+ this morning and didn’t know they were your party contribution– but I shoulda known!! I love everything about raspberry buttercream. And devil’s food. And cupcakes.

    • Heather, I agree, raspberry buttercream is pretty amazing stuff! Thank you!

    • Thanks Dorothy! I ate quite a bit of the frosting!

  3. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Oooh ,,,, how fabulous do these sound?! Can’t wait to try them!

  4. Chocolate and raspberries go so well together and these cupcakes certainly look good. They must disappear when you make them. That frosting just looks so inviting. :)

    • I love chocolate with just about any fruit!! The frosting was a little too inviting, I couldn’t stop eating it!

  5. Tanya, these cupcakes sound beyond amazing!! The combo of chocolate & raspberry is one of my favorites! You’re so sweet to create this recipe for me!! You’re never too old to be excited to celebrate a birthday! Thank you for making mine special :)

    • You deserve it Meghan! Hope you had the perfect birthday!

  6. cookingwithcurls

    I want those cupcakes for my birthday!!! They look amazing…I bet they are to die for :)

  7. What a gorgeous color this frosting is! Such beautiful birthday cupcakes … my birthday is in October 😉

    • Thank you Nicole! Must send you some in October!

  8. These look absolutely delicious! Raspberry and chocolate is one of my favorite combos. Maybe I should your recipe to my husband as a birthday hint! 😀

    • These would make a great birthday cupcake! I hope he picks up the hint!

  9. debraaelliott1960

    Yummy in my tummy good! Stopping by from {what’s shakin’} link party

  10. Wishing Meghan a very happy birthday! And I can’t wait to try these cupcakes…. chocolate and raspberry is my new favorite flavor combo!

    • Love chocolate and berries together too Janine!

  11. Love the chocolate and raspberry combination! Plus cupcakes are my favorite dessert. What a fun party!

  12. Tanya, how did I miss these!! Truly lovely looking cupcakes, and chocolate raspberry is one of my favorite combos – and fresh berries in the frosting? Get the smelling salts!! I guess I will have to make them, in celebration of Megan’s b-day, and all :)

    • Thank you Kim, I appreciate that! Love using the fresh berries, it made a huge difference!

  13. These are super cute!
    I just loooooooooove raspberry (although they’re quite difficult to get here, even frozen), and they seem just delicious

    • Really? You can’t get raspberries? Strawberries would be nice too. Thanks Winnie!

  14. Oh, these just look so delicious!!! I really love the idea of a virtual birthday party, too.

    • The virtual party was fun Taylor! Thank you!

  15. Yum!!! This reminds me of my all time favorite cake, blackforest cake. {I usually make it with raspberry filling instead of cherry} I love the raspberry frosting, it looks full of flavor! Definitely gonna try this out for the next party we throw!

    • I would love raspberry filling, I’m not big on cherry, that a great idea! Thanks Krista!

  16. Delicious and yummy looking! Mmm makes me want to have

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  17. Too funny! I celebrate the whole month of March!! I have to make my own cake too, that way I get exactly what I want and I even get to lick the bowl! I love this cupcakes, such vibrant colors!! Pinned.

    • I love the color in the frosting too Paula! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Carrie Lathan

    I love this devils food cupcake recipe!!!!!!! Have you ever used it to make a cake? Also, could I use the same guidelines but for a vanilla cake?

    • Yes!! I use the same for many different flavors of cake!!


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