Raspberry Velvet Valentine Cupcakes Recipe

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Red Velvet Valentine's Day Cupcakes RecipeCelebrate Valentine’s Day with a totally natural, gluten-free, red-velvet dessert! Raspberries are not only delicious, and one of the most nutrient-dense fruits on the planet, they also happen to be a gorgeous, vibrant color—perfect for the romantic holiday. These beautiful, sweet cupcakes are a cinch to make with this simple recipe.

servings: makes 2 dozen
prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 25 minutes
total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup grape seed or canola oil
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet, mini chocolate chips
  • 2 cups buttercream
  • sprinkles

Preparation:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 (1 dozen) muffin pans with paper cups. (Use this super easy trick to shape the cupcakes like hearts.) Set aside.

Step 2: In a blender, purée the raspberries with the buttermilk and yogurt.  Blend until the mixture is as smooth as possible (about 30 seconds).

Step 3: Pour the raspberry mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in the, vanilla, lemon juice, sugar, salt and egg.

Step 4: While stirring constantly, gradually add the oil. Mix until blended.

Step 5: Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. (To make it simple, place a large mesh strainer above the bowl to sift.) Mix until just blended.

Step 6: Fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Step 7: Use an ice cream scoop (or large spoon), to fill each paper cupcake liner about ¾ths full of batter.

Step 8: Place the muffin pans on baking sheets and bake until the cupcakes are set and slightly cracked on top, 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 9: Let the cupcakes cool completely and then spread a thin layer of the buttercream on top and sprinkle with colored sprinkles (if desired).

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