Mini Rose Chocolate Cupcakes

mini rose chocolate cupcakes

Looky, looky it’s Valentine’s weekend!

And I am officially sick of my house. Don’t get me wrong, my home is adorable, lovely and exactly what I want from a house (plus or minus more space for my Peloton). BUT. I’ve got some serious cabin fever. I’m tired of my dining room table constantly littered with crumbs and lists of days past. Sick of knowing that it doesn’t matter that I did five (5!) loads of laundry yesterday, but there is ALWAYS still one more hiding in the closet. Completely over cycling through rooms as we progress through the day to feel like four walls are now eight or twelve and I’m not (still!) stuck at home.

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mini rose chocolate cupcakes

Change up your environment!

So, we’re GTFO. Our best couple friends have a cabin (legit cabin) in the Adirondacks in Brantingham, NY. We’ll caravan there with the baby for the weekend to switch up life a bit. At first glance, the specs on the place sound a bit sketchy…no heat, electricity, or running water and you have to take a snowmobile for the last leg of the trip. But it is amazing.

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mini rose chocolate cupcakes

The place is beautiful with new renovations, fantastic views and it’s fully heated with a wood burning fireplace that’s incredibly cozy. So yes, while there is an outhouse, it’s a bougie a** outhouse! This cabin is exactly what I need to get out and get my mental health back in check. Unplugged and unstressed. We’ll have nothing but time to spend cooking in the elements, with the dogs running around and good friends to drink wine with. I can feel the relaxation kicking in already!

mini rose chocolate cupcakes

Mini Rose Chocolate Cupcakes

So here’s your Valentine’s Day recipe! It’s always nice to do something a little special for your Valentine. (Even if you hate the idea of Valentine’s Day, do something nice for your lovey. They won’t hate you for it! ) I’ve included a video below to give you a detailed look at how to get the roses looking rose-tastic.

Not into chocolate? Try out this recipe for Decorated Sugar Cookies and use heart cutters with cute sprinkles for a vanilla alternative. Got a vegan in the house? Try this Vegan Chocolate Cake instead.

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These cute little Mini Rose Chocolate Cupcakes are perfect for your sweetie, besties or your kids. (OR yourself. you deserve it.) The chocolate cupcake is moist, deliriously chocolatey and so good you’ll eat it in two bites. The vanilla buttercream is light, fluffy and just subtley sweet. No sickly sweet icing here!

mini rose chocolate cupcakes

Comment Below!

I’ve been having a ton of fun trying out some new videos – let me know what you think in the comments below! I’ve recruited my brother into the shooting and editing process and it’s been a ride. Do you find the videos to be helpful? Fun? Over the top? I’d love your feedback!

But in the meantime, I gotta get out of here and pack for my cabin getaway!


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mini rose chocolate cupcakes

Mini Rose Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Author: Melissa-Smith
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-14 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 36 mini cupcakes 1x


Cute little cupcakes for your cute little Valentine! Moist chocolate cake piped with a simple buttercream rose looks quite impressive and is perfectly delicious.



Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup brewed coffee, hot or cold
  • ¼ cup canola oil

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 ounces confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring, options, pink, purple, orange and red


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Combine the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture, whisking until thick but smooth.
  4. Bring the coffee and oil to a boil, then while whisking, pour the hot liquid into the batter. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and whisk until smooth.
  5. Prepare mini cupcake pans with mini liners and scoop the batter into the tray, filling each about 2/3rds of the way.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating the pan halfway for even baking. You’ll know they’ve finished baking when the tops spring back when pressed lightly with your finger.
  7. While the cupcakes cool, beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy. It will be white and light.
  8. Add confectioner’s sugar and continue to beat at medium high speed until light, white and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl once.
  9. Add milk and vanilla and beat on low until just combined.
  10. Separate the buttercream into two bowls and make one purple and one pink. (Or pink and orange, pink and red – you decide!) Start with just a few drops of color – a little goes a long way!
  11. Using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, fill one side of the bag with pink and one side with purple.
  12. Pipe the rose onto the cupcake with the piping bag using a clockwise motion. Repeat until all the cupcakes are iced.


Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before icing or the buttercream will melt! Store in the refrigerator covered up to 3 days. Let the cupcake come to room temperature before serving.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dessert, cupcake, valentine’s day, chocolate, buttercream, cake, valentine’s day recipe, chocolate recipe, chocolate cake, valentine’s day dessert

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