Oh, yes, you read correctly. Chocolate. Merlot. Cupcakes. WITH Chocolate. Merlot. Frosting.

Last week was my wonderful roommate’s birthday, and to celebrate I wanted to make something fun. We both love chocolate, and we both enjoy wine. And cupcakes? Well, there’s just no substitute! So I figured that this was the perfect dessert to make for her! And I really like the touch the decorative cupcake liners add to the cupcakes, don’t you?

Birthdays are so enjoyable to me because I am thoroughly fond of making food that has a special meaning. Holidays, for example, are really fun, and with birthdays, personalizing a cake or making something that you know the birthday person loves is so exciting and unique! If you like Merlot and chocolate, I think you will enjoy these as well!

According to the original recipe, these cupcakes were suppose to be a lot darker so don’t know what happened, but they still tasted amazing. And with a hint of spice from the nutmeg and cinnamon, these cupcakes were definitely one of a kind. Also, the cupcakes are nice and boozy (which we liked) but if you don’t care for a stronger wine flavor, I suggest you either make plain chocolate cupcakes with the Merlot frosting or the Merlot cupcakes with plain chocolate frosting. If anyone attempts to make them, please let me know how they turned out!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes Recipe (via Yuri from Chef Pandita)

  • 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

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. 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. Then 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.

*I actually only had enough batter to make 21 cupcakes instead of the 24.

Chocolate Merlot Frosting** (via Moms Who Need Wine)

  • 2 3/4 Cups confectioners sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 5 Tablespoons Merlot wine
  • Optional: White cupcake pearls

Cream butter and slowly add the confectioners sugar. Then 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. Then apply the white pearls directly on the frosting as decoration.

**I made 1.5x this recipe in order to have enough frosting for all the cupcakes, but it all depends on how much frosting you want on each individual cupcake!

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33 Responses to “Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes”

  1. Merlot cupcakes! With Merlot frosting?! I love how that sounds and I definitely would love the taste :)

  2. These sound AMAZING! I’m definitely adding these to my list of recipes to try :)

  3. Sounds YUMMY! Love the liners too. I will had to add to my list of desserts.

  4. They were soo tasty! Good work, Steph!

  5. those cupcakes are so qt *drools* (¯﹃¯)but i regret reading this at midnight,now i’m craving for some. :((

  6. What a brilliant idea! Im so interested as to how these gorgeous little cakes taste, i really cant imagine but want to find out something awful :) I love your simple but so so pretty decorations too, definitely saving this for a day im feeling a little adventurous!

  7. Steph!! So beautiful!!!!! Miss you!

  8. Love chocolate! Looks great

  9. I have never heard of chocolate merlot cupcakes before–they sound awesome! I love it when cute cupcakes like these have a surprise punch of flavor like that. I bet your roommate loved them!

  10. Wow! That looks soooo good! And as always, the photography is amazing!

  11. I need to stop reading your blog! First I made the red, white, and blue strawberries (which were amazing and so cute) now you’re tempting me with merlot cupcakes!

  12. What a briliant idea! And the cupcakes look mouthwatering too … Now you enjoy both the merlot and chocolate cupcakes at the same time. Hope you can send some for me here :)…

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  14. SO excited! Printing this and making them them asap- going to try chocolate cupcake with merlot frosting:)

  15. I’m going to make them for my best friend’s birthday tomorrow! I will let you know how it goes. Any particular merlot? Do you like any merlots better than another to bake with?

    • Yay for making these cupcakes! Personally, I used the $2 Charles Shaw wine from Trader Joe’s because once you bake it, the taste bakes away a bit so it’s kind of pointless to spend more money on a better quality wine. Let me know how it goes!! :)

  16. You had me at chocolate merlot-awesome cupcakes! I have bookmarked this. How lucky is your roommate to have this treat made for them-yum!

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  21. I just made this recipe yesterday and the cupcakes came out great! I added 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the cupcake recipe and an extra 6oz of butter to the frosting. The cupcakes were very moist and had a dark and rich color.
    Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  23. I made this AWESOME cupcakes. I got to share them with friends and they loved them also. Love the rich taste and the consistency of the cake and icing. Looking forward to more tasty recipes.

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  25. this is great recipe… thank’s

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