Raspberry Chocolate Bites

Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 15 cakes

Ingredients

Cakes

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups brewed coffee room temperature
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg

Raspberry Filling

  • 2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp raspberry extract
  • 2-3 tbsp raspberry preserves to taste

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 12 oz bittersweet chocolate chips melted and cooled
  • Sprinkles optional

Instructions

Make the Cakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease three 12-cup muffin baking pans.
  2. Mix buttermilk with the coffee and vanilla extract. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together.
  3. Mix the sugar, oil and egg together. Add in the dry ingredients and wet ingredients, alternating batches.
  4. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the batter into the muffin tins. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Once out of the oven, flip the cakes over on a parchment lined baking sheet to cool. This will flatten them a tad.
  6. Let them cool before frosting.

To Make the Frosting and Chocolate Drizzle:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the mascarpone, cream, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and salt together at medium speed until peaks form. Set aside.
  2. Pour out the chocolate chips into a small bowl and microwave on low power for around 2 minutes or until the chips melt. Set aside to let it cool to room temperature.

To Assemble:

  1. Spread the mascarpone frosting on the flat side of every other cake. Trim the cakes with a bread knife if necessary to get a perfectly flat cake. (This is where my husband comes in and eats the trimmings.) Press the other cakes on top of the frosted cakes, so you get nice cupcake sandwiches. Dip the top half of each cupcake sandwich into the melted chocolate bowl. Top with colorful sprinkles.