1 stick vegetable shortening (8 tbsp), at room temperature
1 stick vegan "butter", at room temperature
¼ cup raspberries
¼ cup chocolate chips run through a food processor so they are in little bits (not powdered. You want the flecks to show up in the frosting)
1½ cups confectioners' sugar or powdered sugar
In a bowl, mix the almond milk and vinegar and set aside for a few minutes until it curdles.
Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract and whisk for a minute until the mixture is all frothy.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.
Add the cocoa-flour mixture to the wet ingredients in two batches, mixing for 20 seconds after each addition. If you need to mix the ingredients further, use a spatula and mix until just combined.
Line a 12-tin standard muffin pan with paper liners. Pour the batter into each liner, about ¾ full.
Stuff each of the raspberries with two or three chocolate chips-- as many as they will hold. Place a raspberry in the center of each cupcake.
Bake the cupcakes in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a cupcake comes out clean (make sure you insert the toothpick in the batter and not the raspberry "heart".)
Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes. Then unmold the muffins and place them on the rack until thoroughly cooled.
To make the frosting, beat the butter and shortening in a bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy, about two minutes.
Add the sugar, a half a cup at a time, and beat in thoroughly. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything's getting mixed together thoroughly.
Add the raspberries and the chocolate that's been broken down into tiny chips or flakes in the food processor and beat in. The frosting will turn pink from the raspberries, but you want to leave in little flecks of red.
Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a round tip, or use a Ziploc bag like I did-- just squeeze all the frosting to one corner of the bag and then cut off the tip and proceed.
Place a raspberry at the center of each frosted cupcake. Devour.
Recipe by Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes at http://holycowvegan.net/chocolate-cupcakes/