Love…and chocolate, is Sweet

 Aside from…love, little pink heart candies,  and lace doilies, Valentine’s Day reminds me of rich deep chocolate decadence.  For these little mini cupcakes I wanted to pack in as much chocolate in one bite as possible.Picture9 

If you have ever been to my site before you know Ina is my go to girl.  I started with her Chocolate Buttercream Cake, only making half the recipe because with mini’s a little goes a long way.  I THINK I got 72, but you never know with my memory!  Be careful not to fill the cupcake liners too high, usually half way is perfect.  I like to put all my batter in a gallon zip lock, cut the corner and pipe the batter in the liners.  This offers you more control and less mess, always a bonus.   I was inspired to make these mini’s after a trip to Jungle Jims where I picked up a Lindt’s Dark Sweet Chocolate Bar, and a package of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter.  I thought the frosting was the best place to offer that chocolate punch!  The Lindt’s Dark Sweet Chocolate offers that deep, intense cocoa flavor that dark chocolate provides mixed with the smooth sweetness of milk chocolate. PERFECTION!  I also wanted to add the hint of hazelnut to add another dimension to the overall flavor of the mini.  This Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream recipe is adapted from Joshua John Russell.


Love…and chocolate, is Sweet


  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of pasteurized egg whites
  • 3 1/2 sicks of room temperature butter (or more)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1.15 ounces Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
  • 3.5 ounces of Lindt's Sweet Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Whip sugar and egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  2. Peice by peice add the room temperate butter whipping after each addition. Sometimes I need a little more or less butter to get the correct consistency.
  3. Mix in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  4. Add the vanilla and salt and mix just until combined.
  5. In a microwave safe dish heat chocolate and hazelnut butter until melted. Allow to cool.
  6. Slowly add to the buttercream mixing until combined.
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I used a 1M tip to pipe the frosting swirl.  To finish these chocolate dreams I drizzled them with some Ghiradelli’s White Chocolate Syrup AND, the Pièce de résistance I sprinkled them with a little Fleur de Sel.  That is my favorite way to finish anything chocolate, caramel, or vegetable!

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Lastly I added a few pink dragees and gumpaste hearts.


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  1. Where did you get those fonts? cute! And I’m drooling at the cupcakes!

  2. Yum I love it!!!! Please share at my linky party going on now at Thanks!

  3. These cupcakes are AMAZING
    They look divine
    I wish I could grab one or two …

  4. These look delicious and your photos are amazing!! I am hosting a new Pinterest Power party and would love for you to link up this and any other projects that you have!!


  5. YUMMY! I wish I had one now :)

    I’m featuring tomorrow!

  6. Beautiful!

  7. Beautiful pictures, I have made the chocolate cake before and its the best. andi

  8. Yum, yum, yum!! Oh, those look SO good! I want to make some asap.

  9. Looks really dreamy!

  10. Oh goodness, those look so amazing! You make the best things.

    Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection each week.

  11. These sound delectable. Great work!

  12. Yummy! I am pinning from the Pinteresting party!

  13. That’s funny that you mentioned Ina in this post ~ you totally remind me of her … just by the sheer beauty of your presentation and the fact that your recipes are amazing you want to make them instantly!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if your post was featured :) Good luck!


  14. Yum!!!! These look scrumptious as do your heart-shaped V-Day treats :)

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!


  15. MMmmmmmm, these look so scrumptious!!
    Found you through the hop and am your newest follower,

  16. These love delicious and so professional. Saw them on Twigg Studion Linky Party.

  17. Bye-Bye diet! Hello, choclaty goodness. I am a new follower! I found your link on Flamingo Toes. I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party Fluster Muster on Wednesday’s @

  18. I just found Nutella and went over the edge! It was so good!! I cam imagine that this cupcake and frosting is just delicious!

  19. How yummy! Thanx for sharing at tHT Stephanie.

  20. These look and sound amazing! Where do you get chocolate hazelnut butter?

  21. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It’s Weekly Goals Link Up. It’s a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here’s the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.

  22. Hi there! I am loving your cupcake presentation, they look so yummy. I’m a new follower, found you from Tuesday Confessionals.

  23. These look so delicious, and they are so darn cute! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! Have a wonderful week.

  24. These are gorgeous. I love the hazelnut flavor!! Mini is good, you can eat more.! You must live in my area, Cincinnat!!! I love Jungle Jim’s! Thanks for linking to One Creative Weekend!

  25. I am in cup cake love! YUM! U have a great blog.
    I am stopping by today from Mop It Up Mondays Blog Hop!

  26. You can’t go wrong with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing! You have such great recipes! I love coming to your site!

  27. These look amazing! Your photography is spectacular too! Just pinned – thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  28. These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharinga @ Delicate Construction.

  29. Wow! Those look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.

  30. Those are chocolate perfection! What a great job you did. They look delicious.

  31. I’ve been on a cupcake kick and these look really delicious.

    I’m having a TWITTER Social hop. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter it’s ok, come link up your blog or favorite post.

    I’m also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

  32. Yum! And they look pretty too! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

  33. Your cupcakes look wonderful! I love your beautiful photos and fonts. So appealing!

  34. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your inspirational craft project with our Crafty Showcase last week! You rock!

    We can’t wait for you to stop in and share more of your ideas with us. The Crafty Showcase is open from Friday midnight until Thursday noon!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  35. I pinned this :)

  36. They look so beautiful and cute! I would love to get some of these for Valentines :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – hope to see you there again next week – and don’t forget the voting is today!

  37. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Yes please, need one right now!

  38. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I absolutely LOVE your pictures!! Pinned :) Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week!

  39. Stephanie, I want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and 72 of those mini cupcakes… YUMMY!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening! :)

  40. These look so yummy, Stephanie. And I love the way you staged them on the wood. Featuring this on the All Star Block Party today. Head on over to grab your button!

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