Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting and Red Wine Reduction

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  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2t. vanilla bean paste -you can also use vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1t. baking soda
  • 1/2t. salt
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Goat Cheese Frosting
    • 16 ounces goat cheese
    • 1/4 cup + 2T. light brown sugar
    • 1t. vanilla bean paste
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Red Wine Reduction
    • 1 cup red wine – I used a sweet red wine, use one you like to drink.


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Make coffee and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugars till light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Alternate adding the dries with the coffee and buttermilk.
  • Fill cupcake pans and bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes rotating once halfway through.
  • Goat Cheese Frosting
    • Cream goat cheese, light brown sugar, and vanilla on medium speed till creamy.
    • Whip heavy cream and powdered sugar till stiff.
    • Fold whipped cream into goat cheese mixture and refrigerate till ready to use.
  • Red Wine Reduction
    • Bring wine up to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low and let simmer down to about 1/4 cup liquid. It takes about 12-14 minutes to reduce and get syrupy. Make sure you keep a close eye on it!
    • Make sure it is completely cool before you spoon it on the frosting.


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