Fudge Cupcakes

So I’ve mentioned the Hannah Swenson series I’ve been reading “Fudge Cupcake Murder” by Joanne Fluke, I think I also said something about the recipes that Joanne adds to each chapter that had been used in that chapter. I decided I wanted to see what the people of Eden Lake Minnesota liked so much about these recipes. Yes, I know they aren’t real people but the way Joanne grabs your attention with them you’d think they were.

I was already baking a couple sheet cakes for work last night when I saw the “Fudge Cupcake Murder” book sitting on my kitchen counter. While I waited for my last cake to bake I was thumbing through the recipes, then it hit! I was going to try one out. I absolutely love making cupcakes so I thought the fudge cupcakes to be a no brainier. I checked out my pantry and actually had everything to make them with, then I got excited. I pulled my cake out of the oven & had already filled the cupcake holders before I knew it.

What followed next.. Well about an hour later, I bit into a little chunk of what I’d believe to be bliss! Oh man these are good! I should’ve tried them when they were mentioned in the book. This little experiment has intrigued me to try more recipes from the books.

Fudge Cupcakes

4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1⁄4cup white sugar
1⁄2cup raspberry flavored syrup (for pancakes, not ice cream)
1 2⁄3cups flour
1 1⁄2teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2teaspoon salt
1⁄2cup butter, room temperature
1 1⁄2cups sugar (you’ll use 1 3/4 in all, this is not a misprint)
1⁄3cup milk

1cup chocolate chips (6 oz, half a bag)
1⁄2cup sweetened condensed milk (actually a little less, about half a can)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, rack in the middle position.
Line a 12-cup muffin pan with double cupcake papers. This recipe makes 18 cupcakes, so you can add an additional 6-cup muffin pan or you can butter and flour an 8-inch square cake pan.
Microwave the chocolate, raspberry syrup and 1/4 cup sugar in a microwave safe bowl on high for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave again for another minute. At this point, the chocolate will be almost melted, but will retain its shape. Stir the mixture until smooth and let cool to lukewarm.
Measure flour, mix in baking powder and salt, and set aside. In an electric mixer beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition to make sure they’re thoroughly incorporated. Add approximately 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/3 of the milk. When that’s all mixed in, add another third of the flour and 1/3 of the milk. Once incorporated, add the remaining flour and milk. Mix thoroughly.
Test your chocolate mixture to be sure it’s cool enough to add (don’t cook the eggs!). If it’s fairly warm to the touch but not so hot you have to pull your hand away, you can add it. Stir thoroughly.
LET THE BATTER REST FOR 5 MINUTES. Then stir it again by hand and fill each cupcake paper 3/4 full. (If you decide to use the cake pan, fill it as well.).
Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. (The 8-inch cake pan should bake an additional 5 minutes.).

You can use a double boiler, or a saucepan on the stovetop, stirring CONSTANTLY.
Put the chocolate chips in the pan/boiler over medium heat. Stir until chocolate chips are melted. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and cook approximately 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the frosting is shiny and of spreading consistency.
Finally you get to spread it on the cupcakes. I use the Wilton 2D tip to dress my cupcakes (I used tip Wilton round. I Cosby find my 2D tip.) I love that the tip makes the frosting look so pretty and defined, if that’s a thing.

The cupcakes are better if you cool and cover them for a few hours before frosting them. Then again I always do this just so the cupcakes have a little while to settle in all that flavor.


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24 Responses to Fudge Cupcakes

  1. Christine says:

    Oh my glob YUM
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  2. These look delicious — and that frosting! YUM!
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  3. Mmmm! I love chocolate and raspberry together. These sound so good. Thanks for sharing them with Hump Day Happenings!
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  4. Lisa Ehrman says:

    When I saw the Raspberry syrup added, I knew I had to try these 🙂

  5. aimee fauci says:

    Oh my chocolate! These look so rich but that would not stop me from gobbling up at least 5 in a day!

  6. Tamiko says:

    Looks good, I might have to make this for my husband.
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  7. Amanda Land says:

    I really shouldn’t read blog posts like this after bedtime. IT’s all I can do not to head to the kitchen and start cooking! I need chocolate NOW!
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  8. Lianne says:

    Oh my gosh yum! Really shouldn’t be reading stuff like this after I had a GAIN at weigh in last week!!! lol
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  9. Neely says:

    These look great I may need to add them to my list!

  10. I’m a big fan of chocolate and raspberry… YUM! These cupcakes looks tasty. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/05/14/home-matters-linky-party-37/ 🙂

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  11. Sarah says:

    Fudge and cupcakes together sounds heavenly!! We love baking around here and can’t wait to try your recipe!
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  12. Lauren says:

    I’ve never been a huge chocolate cake fan, but I think I definitely need to try it! I only started eating chocolate ice cream two years ago haha
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  13. These sound divine – love chocolate and raspberry flavours together. Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair. Hope you can visit again next week.
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  14. Beth says:

    Oh my! Those look delicious! I could eat one of them now!!!

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  15. Akaleistar says:

    Those fudge cupcakes look so good!
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  16. Raya says:

    OMG those fudge cupcakes look sooo delicious! I’m totally gonna try making those myself! 🙂

  17. Marlene says:

    Oh yummy this looks nice, I can only imagine how good it tastes. Gonna bake this for my “kids” (he he and me) soon. Have a great day!
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  18. Noel says:

    Whoever thought great recipes would be found in a novel? LOL Thanks for sharing your test with us. I’ve always wondered if those recipes were real … sounds like they are!

  19. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I have to take a dessert to a function next week. I am thinking they will LOVE this!

  20. tp keane says:

    What a fantastic idea, incorporating recipes into a novel. Who would have thunk it, but it sounds delish.

  21. Carrie says:

    Yum these look and sound super yummy! I’m pinning the recipe so I can try it soon!

  22. Sara says:

    Looks delicious. Yes to the chocolate frosting!

  23. Kari says:

    Oh my goodness. The raspberry syrup addition sounds amazing! I forgot they make different flavored pancake syrups.

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