Chocolate Pomegranate Cupcakes
These are probably the most elegant cupcakes I’ve ever made. Smooth and silky pomegranate frosting tops fluffy chocolate-pomegranate cupcakes. Yum. Even if this combination sounds weird at first, you can definitely be assured that these cupcakes are delicious.
Ingredients: Pomegranate Chocolate Cupcakes (makes 12)
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup pomegranate juice (I used POM)
Cooked Pomegranate Frosting (adapted from here)
1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature and chopped into 24 pieces
1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
*optional purple food coloring
Recipe: Chocolate Pomegranate Cupcake
Preheat oven to 375F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Stir together sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
Add the egg, vanilla, butter, and milk on medium-high speed for 2 minutes or until smooth.
Stir in pomegranate juice.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for ten minutes on a wire rack, then take cupcakes out of tray and let finish cooling.
Cooked Pomegranate Frosting
In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Slowly whisk in the milk and pomegranate juice until the mixture is smooth. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a medium saucepan and pour the milk mixture through the strainer into the saucepan.
Cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture boils and is thick enough that it starts to become difficult to easily whisk, almost the texture of lemon curd before it sets. This could take anywhere between 5-10 minutes, depending on your stove, heat, etc. It should bubble quite a bit at the end (be careful of the splatters) and thicken considerably.
Transfer the mixture to a clean bowl and cool to room temperature – this is extremely important! If it is even slightly warm, the frosting won’t beat up properly.
Once the frosting is completely cooled to room temperature (it should have no hint of warmth at all!), beat the mixture with the vanilla on low speed until it is well combined, about 30 seconds (a stand mixer will work best for this).
Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat the frosting until all the butter has been incorporated fully, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium-high and let the mixer work it’s magic. Beat the frosting for five minutes, until it is light and fluffy, then add the tablespoon of pomegranate juice and purple food coloring.
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These are by far the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen! Wow! Love the colour!
Thank you so much!
These sound delicious and look amazing! I have never liked to cook, but I have always loved to bake. Over the past couple of years of owning my own business and getting busy and blah, blah, blah, I kind of gave it up. Your posts are nudging me back toward the oven again. And I love that you include the recipes. Thanks for the encouragement!
Thank you so much, Allison 😀
Those look both artful and delicious.
Some say too beautiful to eat – I disagree. I will gladly eat the world’s prettiest cupcake without an ounce of reserve.
These look brilliant! I love the colour of the frosting 🙂 I bet they taste amazing.
Gorgeous colour, love the pomegranate seeds on cupcakes! Have used them on savoury a lot lately but not sweet. Fab.
*clutches her heart*
I think I am going to die, I want one soooo bad. But alas i will have to wait for christmas time. (WHY OH WHY DOSE OR GROCERY STORE NOT CARRY POMEGRANATES MORE?)
haha, thank you 😀
It looks amazing… the color and the texture of the frosting! Awesome!!
They look and sound so good! I love pomegranate’s . They also bring back some great memories. Thanks for sharing.
These are so pretty!
This is really like an Artwork, not just a cupcake
Thank you so much 🙂
What an absolutely brilliant colour combination! I am now obsessed. Obsessed, I tell you!
Thank you so much, Kristen!
How beautiful! I love pomegranate and I don’t see many recipes for it either. This one looks amazing though. Nicely done!
Thank you 🙂
How gorgeous and looks so yummy! Love love love the colour! 🙂
This sounds like such a yummy combination and the colour…! Love it 🙂
These are gorgeous!
Thank you 😀
SO PRETTY! I just made a pomegranate glazed baked chicken – you might like it. I think these cupcakes are just gorgeous though. I love the red and purple. ❤
Pomegranate glazed chicken sounds delicious 🙂 Thank you!
Beautifully brilliant recipe and flavor combination!
I don’t know how my stomach would feel about these but my eyes definitely want more!
Beautiful! They almost look to pretty to eat.
These cupcakes looks beautiful!
Those sure are beauties! I may have to try them for my Mom!
I hope you like them!
The cupcakes look amazing, Chloe! Love the colour and flavours!
Thank you, Jess 😀
Just beautiful, I love the colours!
I ❤ ❤ ❤ the colour as purple is moi's favourite colour and I luuuuurve pomegranate .. definitely a must have a go at this recipe as I'm also a fan of cupcakes … thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you so much!
Wow that is some color! I love the combo of tart, fruity pomegranate with chocolate. Gorgeous!
Thank you, Allie 😀
The color of that frosting is absolutely divine. I love pomegranate; such a perfect choice for delicious cupcakes!
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Visually…what can I say other than “looks too good to eat!” 🙂
Wow! These are some gorgeous cupcakes. The purple frosting is definitely my favorite part. I’d love to try and make these one day.
Chloe- those are the most beautiful cupcakes EVER!!! But thank you for stopping by at gullycreekcottage.com! I appreciate it very much and it gave me a chance to come see these amazing cupcakes and other goodies. Keep up the good work! I hope you will follow me, I will repay the courtesy. Blessings and happy posting~ Belle
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yes. these just have to be made and eaten dont they – beautiful photos as well
Wow! These look amazing!
Wow… such a beautiful contrast! Lovely blog & pictures, u’re ready good. Thanks for stopping by & the like. Keep baking !!
Thank you so much, Veronica!
Such an unusual colour for a Cupcake !
Chocolate pomegranate cupcakes sound heavenly! Fruit+chocolate=pure bliss in my opinion! 🙂 And I love your fun purple frosting!
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This is a visual delight!
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