1. Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes
2. A very adorable, forward thinking boyfriend.
This cupcake recipe seamlessly blends two of my (and probably your) favorite things; red wine and cupcakes… and chocolate.
Ok, three favorite things.
My significant otter, as I like to call him, is doing it up this year. I was surprised on Sunday with a series of Valentines’s Day cards to open throughout the week. You see, my significant otter and I live far apart. I guess not that far apart. Far enough to make the heart grow fonder and regularly schedule appointments at my local Jiffy Lube.
I was instructed to open said cards each day we were apart this week leading up to a day full of surprise plans on Valentine’s Day. I have been playing Sherlock all week and By George, I think I’ve guessed the surprise! Well I have a hunch at least. More on that later.
These Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes are divine! Dense and rich with a little bite that adds a sort of indistinguishable complexity. These petite morsels are the perfect bite of sweet, tart, dark, and smooth. Quite possibly like your date. Which is why you should share. You have 48 of them right?
I have made the cupcakes a bajillion times. The recipe is one that I have adapted from Trophy Cupcakes. If you are not a wine drinker, feel free to substitute the wine for hot coffee or water. And make sure it’s hot! It helps with the chemical reactions and creates the best texture. Beating time and resting time are also a key step in the texture of these cupcakes so take note.
I have included a conversion chart below so you can adapt the recipe to fit your needs. Maybe you have multiple suitors you need to impress this Valentine’s Day…? I won’t judge. Remember, I’m a lover this year.
That batter will be runny. Don’t panic. It is what make the cupcakes so moist. Just use a measuring cup to pour the batter into the liners. Also, don’t fill these suckers more than 2/3 full. They will spill over and stick to the edges of you pan.
I do hope that your Valentine’s Day is as perfect as these cupcakes. Whether you have your own significant otter or not…. this recipe leaves you with an open bottle of unfinished wine. It’s win, win either way.
I thought it might be nice to show you my messy weight/ measurement conversion chart so you can easily change the quantity of the recipe to match your needs.
Weight/Measurement Conversion Chart
|Half Batch||Single Batch||Double Batch||x2.5 Batch|
|Yield ≈||48 minis||80 minis||175 minis||265 minis|
|Granulated Sugar||210 grams||420 grams||840 grams||1050 grams|
|All-Purpose Flour||110 grams||220 grams||438 grams||548 grams|
|Cocoa Powder||34 grams||67 grams||134 grams||168 grams|
|Baking Powder||3/4 teaspoon||1 and 1/2 teaspoons||1 tablespoon||1 tbs + 3/4 tsp|
|Baking Soda||3/4 teaspoon||1 and 1/2 teaspoons||1 tablespoon||1 tbs + 3/4 tsp|
|Salt||1/2 teaspoon||1 teaspoon||2 teaspoons||2 and 1/2 tsp|
|Whole Milk||1/2 cup||1 cup||2 cups||2 and 1/2 cups|
|Vegetable Oil||1/4 cup||1/2 cup||1 cup||1 and 1/2 cups|
|Vanilla Extract||1 teaspoon||2 teaspoons||1 tbs + 1 tsp||1 tbs + 2 tsp|
|Red Wine||1/2 cup||1 cup||2 cups||2 and 1/2 cups|