Merlot Chocolate Cupcakes – You had me at Merlot

Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes – Every chocolate Merlot drinking lover’s dream.

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recipe from Life Tastes Like Food

yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Merlot
  • 2 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 Ounces dark chocolate, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line two 12-cup cupcake pans with cupcake baking cups.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then mix in the eggs one at a time until everything is incorporated. Add the Merlot.

In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the dry ingredients together and then slowly add to the butter mixture.

Mix in the melted chocolate.

Pour batter into the cups, filling them about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Chocolate Merlot Frosting

recipe also from Life Tastes Like Food

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups plus 6 Tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 9 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 9 Tablespoons butter
  • 10 Tablespoons Merlot wine

Directions:

Cream butter and slowly add the confectioners sugar. If you add the sugar too quickly, your icing will have a gritty texture.

Add the cocoa powder alternating one tablespoon at a time with the Merlot. Incorporate until the mixture is nice and fluffy.

Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled, and then using a frosting tip and piping bag, pipe frosting onto the cupcakes.

 

Wa- la enjoy don’t share – hide in the cupboard and indulge.

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