Cocktail Cupcakes // Chocolate Raspberry Martini

people have a love-hate relationship with valentine's day.  either way is fine, do with the holiday what you wish (but please dispense with all that 'it's a holiday made up by hallmark' nonsense.  it's not.  not anymore than christmas is.)  but in all reality, i really don't care how you feel about this holiday.  the important thing is, people don't have any sort of hate relationship with chocolate and raspberry cupcakes especially when they're packed full of vodka.  make them for your husband, make them for your mom, make them for yourself, or pull a stephanie and say you're making them for your boyfriend but actually eat them all yourself.  makes no difference to me and it shouldn't to you either, because 12 cupcakes later you'll be drunk and happy.

cupcake ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup warm water
2 ish tablespoons vodka (plain is fine, so is flavored like three olives chocolate or absolut raspberry)

combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (first 5).  add the butter, egg and milk and beat with an electric mixer for about 1 minute.  slowly add the water and vodka and mix another minute or two until smooth.  pour into your lined cupcake tin and bake at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes.  bowl licking is acceptable, salmonella be damned because vodka kills germs. cool the cakes completely.

filling ingredients:
raspberry preserves (1/2 cup or less, depends how full you want the cakes)
vodka (again, depends how much filling. anywhere from 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons)

cut the cores out of the cupcakes.  there's real tools for this but i use the cap off of an ez squeeze cheese bottle.  seriously.  eat the cores.  then just mix preserves and vodka together, but don't let it get to liquid-y or it will leak out of the cupcake cores.  then fill your cakes!

frosting ingredients:
2 sticks room temperature unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons vodka
3 tablespoons raspberry puree

puree the raspberry preserves you have left over from the filling.  this means beat them in a blender and then use a sifter of some sort to strain out the seeds and chunky pieces.  seeds = harder to spread frosting.  beat the butter for 3 minutes with an electric mixer.  add powdered sugar and beat on low until it's all mixed.  add the vodka and raspberry puree and beat until it's light and fluffy.

    frost the cupcakes.  take a photo.  eat all the cupcakes.  destroy photo so no proof exists that there were ever any cupcakes.  if you have a heavy hand with the booze like i do and pretty much doubled those numbers, eating all the cupcakes = 6 shots of vodka.  just saying.  happy valentine's day indeed.


    1. Holy yumminess and the vodka is a huge bonus :)

    2. Oh man I might just have to make these and of course destroy all evidence of them existing by eating them...I now have valentines day plans, sweet!!!

    3. So yummy! I pinned to get later when wanted. num num

    4. Yum! Raspberry + chocolate+ getting my buzz on = best Valentines desert idea ever!

      1. The vodka is definitely the best part ;) They're delicious!

    5. and here i thought my cupcakes with pink frosting was awesome.... mine is just betty crocker white frosting with red gel food coloring. yours has vodka infused in it. and it's made from scratch. you definitely win. i'd like a batch please okthanksbye

      -kathy | Vodka and Soda

    6. Ohhh! I need to make these for the weekend- except my boyfriend's 16 year old sister is visiting so maybe not!

    7. You can't go wrong with chocolate and raspberry! Add in 6 shots of vodka and I am sold!

    8. Raspberry and chocolate are my weakness. SO GOOD. These sound fantastic.

    9. You had me at cupcake. And vodka.

    10. Holy schneikies! If I can get out of the house safely with all this snow, I am totally getting the ingredients to make them!
      Or better yet, can you just make me some and send them my way?

    11. Ok, I may be the most ignorant person ever -- but I think you just solved all my cupcake eating problems with that last picture. It's never occurred to me cut the wrapper like that. I almost always smoosh my cupcake when I try to peel it away.

    12. YUM! I am going to try these this weekend (I'm always looking for a good excuse to make something sweet). And I'll have a GREAT excuse not to share with the kids.

    13. GOD YES> it's not a made up holiday. can't we just have an excuse to love? love your hair, love your dog, love your boyfriend, love your vodka- whatever! get over it. and these look divine. that is all.

    14. So this sounds like no good at all. And I mean that in the best way possible! ;)

    15. I love when you feature a new cocktail cupcake! Sounds yummy!

    16. Look at you combing all my favorite things into one....chocolate, vodka and cupcakes ;-)

    17. i just wanna leave work now and go home and make these and eat them all.

    18. I love both the pink icing and the premise of these.

    19. Oh my God... You're genius. I'm making these tomorrow night, diet be damned.

    20. Delicious treats like this and pink sparkly things are Valentine's Day's saving grace.

    21. Pretty sure I need to make these for an upcoming bachelorette shindig!
      Eva Marie

    22. those look damn good! ya did good again.

    23. Whoever makes these for me tomorrow is my valentine!