April 4, 2012

..Chocolate Pomegranate Cupcakes


It was my coworkers birthday today so guess what?  I made cupcakes! (shocking, I know). These don't necessarily look like pomegranate flavored cupcakes, but they are!  I wasn't sure what to top them with (it just seemed like a sad little naked cupcake with out a topper) so I put a dollop of red icing on the top with sprinkles to birthday it up!

For the cake

1 box white cake mix
1 box vanilla pudding mix
1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
3 egg whites
1/2 cup oil

Mix all ingredients together and bake on 350 for 18-22 minutes.  I didn't love the au natural color the cake turned out (the batter starts out this lovely pink color from the juice but it baked up a weird bran muffin looking brown) so you might want to add some food coloring if you're going for a prettier cake.  Let sit for 10 minutes or so to cool then lightly brush on some juice to the tops of the cupcakes with a kitchen brush before you ice them for extra flavor.

For the icing

6 oz milk chocolate chips (half a bag)
1/4 cup 100% pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 oz butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Dump chocolate chips into a bowl then bring butter and juice to a boil in a pot.  When the butter and juice are boiling for about a minute remove from heat and pour over chocolate chips.  Whisk the chocolate and liquid until smooth.  Add vanilla then powdered sugar one cup at a time until you have a nice frosting.  It may need to be thrown in the refrigerator for a few minutes to firm up the chocolate so I would make it prior to baking the cupcakes and let it sit in the bowl while the cupcakes cool. Conversely, if you find your icing is too thick, mix in a tablespoon of milk to soften it.



19 comments :

  1. This sounds amaaaaaazing!! I will be making these asap!

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  2. Your so nice, I wish I worked there too haha Then I could try one,they look so delicious. Now I want to make cupcakes again. There is just so many possibilities with those things!

    http://bronsonbloopers.blogspot.com

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  3. what a delightful twist on the vanilla cupcake!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  4. oh goodness, cupcakes are my weakness. drooling over the computer now!
    xo TJ

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  5. They look so yummy, can you send me a couple of them????

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  6. Oh my gosh, those look delicious!! You are so creative with your cupcake recipes. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! :)

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  7. Ooh I never would've thought to pair chocolate and pomegranate together...but it sounds heavenly!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  8. Seriously, you are like the cupcake queen. I want to eat all of them!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  9. I miss coming home to your cooking...and you! See you this weekend!

    xoxo

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  10. This sounds sooooo good!! You always post the best recipes!

    Xo,
    Angela
    Headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh my goodness - you kill me - in a good way :) These look SO good Erin (and so pretty)...what a fabulous co-worker you are!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  12. Want to come work with me???? Pomegranante cupcakes??? You should get a BIG raise! YUMMO!
    Giveaway @ Because Shanna Said So

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  13. WOW I want those!!!

    Sara :)
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  14. love this cupcakes and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D
    kisses
    http://francescagiusti.blogspot.com/

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  15. you can never go wrong with cupcakes. like, never.

    CupcakesOMG!

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  16. Oo!! What a yummy spin on cupcakes! You did such a lovely job with the frosting!

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  17. they look delicious going to try them out :) great blog now following :)
    http://starvogue84.blogspot.com

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