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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Curd Filled Cupcakes

These Dark Chocolate Raspberry Curd Filled Cupcakes are probably one of the most decadent, sophisticated cupcakes I’ve ever made. 

It seems like all of you agree with me because hands down this is one of the most popular recipes on my blog! I’m so glad to have a community that loves this luxuriously filled cupcake as much as I do.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Curd Filled Cupcakes are one of the most decadent, sophisticated cupcakes

The intense dark chocolate paired with the tart raspberry curd plus the sweet vanilla buttercream is a combination unlike anything I’ve ever had before. You will fall in love when you try it. 

The vanilla buttercream is my most favorite recipe for vanilla buttercream EVER! I’ve made it before and it’s become my “go-to” recipe for vanilla. 

Let’s not forget the chunk of chocolate on top… yeah, that’s German chocolate. Raspberry chocolate. PERFECT for this cupcake. SO GOOD.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Curd Filled Cupcakes with a chunk of german chocolate on top

I really hope you enjoy my Dark Chocolate Raspberry Curd Filled Cupcakes as much as I do! 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do these cupcakes need to be refrigerated?
    Yes, because of the raspberry curd filling!


  2. Do you taste the coffee in the cupcakes?
    Not at all. The coffee is to enhance the flavor of the dark chocolate.
  3. Can I use a different brand of coffee?
    You know I’m always for adding a personal touch to recipes. However, be aware that using a different brand of coffee may change the flavor of the dark chocolate.
  4. What will I need besides the ingredients to make this recipe?
    Utensils & Other Necessities
    • Cupcake Pans
    • Cupcake liners
    • Medium saucepan
    • Two bowls (one large, one medium) and something to scrape them with
    • Whisk
    • Toothpicks
    • A mixer
    • An apple corer
    • Piping bag with Wilson 1M tip
Filled Cupcakes opened up showing the raspberry curd inside

I’d love to hear from you!

Okay, dark chocolate lovers, and raspberry lovers, and cupcake lovers in general…tell me how these filled cupcakes turned out for you, and how you plan on using them, in the comments below.

Also, if you’re confused about something, be sure to ask me to clarify whatever you need. There are no stupid questions. I promise everyone can learn something from you!

Happy baking!

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Curd Filled Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Curd Filled Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes

Decadent, rich, dense chocolate cake filled with fresh, tart raspberry curd topped with sweet vanilla buttercream.


Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup 100% Edel-Kakao extra brut chocolate cocoa powder (or the darkest cocoa powder you can find)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream infused/steeped with vanilla beans
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Raspberry Curd

  • Recipe can be found HERE

Dark Chocolate

  • Cut dark chocolate into chunks to top each cupcake.


Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add the heavy cream, brewed coffee and vanilla extract. Heat until just barely simmering. Remove from heat and allow to cool as you prep the other ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and eggs.
  5. Slowly pour the slightly cooled chocolate mixture into the egg/sour cream mixture and whisk until smooth. NOTE: DO THIS SLOW! You don’t want to cook the eggs, so start pouring a very small amount of the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture… DO NOT DUMP IT IN ALL AT ONCE.
  6. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture. In three parts, add the chocolate mixture to the flour. Whisk until just combined and smooth after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated. Finally, whisk batter about 20 strokes.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter. Bake 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  2. While that is creaming, steep your heavy cream with 1 vanilla bean. To steep: Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds and add to the cream. Whisk. Bring the bean/cream to a simmer, remove from heat and cool slightly. Remove the pod.
  3. Add the sugar, one cup at a time, to the butter/cream cheese. Mix on high until smooth.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add 1/4-1/2 cup vanilla cream until you get the desired consistency you desire. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Mix in the pinch of salt.


  1. Core the center of each cupcake using an apple corer.
  2. Spoon in raspberry curd into each opening.
  3. Pipe frosting using a Wilton 1M tip onto each cupcake.
  4. Top each cupcake with a chunk of dark chocolate.


Sunday 26th of September 2021

Hello there, I just stumbled over this recipe while looking for something to bake for a baby shower.They just look sooo delicious and I'm curious to find out what they'll taste like. :-) And I'm especially looking forward to the raspberry curd. ;-) Thanks in advance for sharing the recipe. :-)

Sarah Friedrich

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

These are my go to cupcakes! I loooove them!! Everytime I make them people freak out and want the recipe. The only change I make is doing a cream cheese frosting instead of buttercream (not a fan of buttercream). Otherwise, this is a god send recipe.


Monday 20th of January 2020

Dear Betsy:

I made the cupcakes and wish you had included a video, since I'm such a novice. I got stuck a couple of times (like how to strain the curd--I ended up with a batch with the seeds and then whatever went through the strainer and both tasted fine. So I wasn't sure how to do that or why I needed to do that. I ended up mixing the non-seed curd into the icing.) I also wasn't sure how to core the you take out the cupcake and fill it with curd? Or put the curd in and put some of the cake back on top? My cupcakes also fell so that they looked pretty horrible, but I put the curd in the middle and then iced over them. I can send you a photo. I also felt that the icing was pretty stiff and it made a ton (2 pounds of sugar seems like a lot for the amount of liquid, so I'm sure I did something wrong.)

My partner ate one of the fallen cupcakes and said they were delicious, so that's good. But I goofed on everything else! Thanks so much! I'm trying! :-)


Sunday 14th of April 2019

I think you need to add to the instructions that the batter must be completely cooled before baking. The batter was too runny and they fell terribly- I threw them out. I had made these before and they were fine but I think this was the problem. Needless to say there will be a baby shower at work tomorrow without cupcakes because of it.


Monday 15th of April 2019

Actually - you don't need to cool the batter. I have made these with warm batter a hundred times, at least, and they come out perfect each time. I believe you may have not baked them long enough or overworked the batter.... that is the likely culprit for cupcakes that sink.


Friday 9th of March 2018

Which kind of flour are you using in this recipe?

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