Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Cocoa Almond Buttercream

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Cocoa Almond Buttercream

So this is one of those recipes that does NOT fit into my nutrition criteria. It’s most definitely a once in a while treat. But Valentine’s day is a good enough excuse for me!

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I think these cupcakes cover all things Valentine’s Day: chocolate, hearts and raspberries (instead of strawberries). And do you need an excuse to add Nutella!

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I have to admit, I love baking for Valentines Day (well actually most holidays) baking for holidays is an excuse to bake. How can you let Valentine’s Day (or New Years or July 4th Thanksgiving, Hannukah or Christmas go by without baking something to celebrate?) The short answer, you just can’t.

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Last year, I made a cake completely covered in conversation hearts. It took me forever and in the end, no one wanted to eat it, because who can really eat all those conversation hearts. I actually think one of my friends commented “cavity mosaic.” So this year I just went straight for the chocolate. I hope you enjoy!

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