..Chocolate Pomegranate Cupcakes

April 4, 2012

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.


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

  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!


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

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

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

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

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

    The Tiny Heart

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

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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


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


  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!

    The Other Side of Gray

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

  13. WOW I want those!!!

    Sara :)

  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

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


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

  17. they look delicious going to try them out :) great blog now following :)


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