Chocolate muffins with light ricotta topping

Chocolate muffins with light ricotta topping

By 07/02/2020

Where has the time gone?? I can't believe it is February already.

With January out of the way and Valentine approaching a chocolate fix would do us good 🙂

Here you have a simple chocolate muffin recipe. Inside each muffin I have put a candied cherry but I think the best cherries (as fresh ones are not in season now) would probably be the ones in syrup as they are more moist and juicy. Alternatively you can leave them out and swap them for more chocolate which is always nice anyway.

The topping is made with ricotta, powdered sugar and cocoa powder, a bit different to the classic icing you normally find on top of muffins. Much more to my taste and above all it is lighter and healthier.

I usually celebrate Valentine but as a family; it is an opportunity for another delicious dinner with a yummy and possibly romantic dessert afterwards. I am not sure what I will be cooking yet but probably I will go for shellfish as both my children seem to love it so much. I also usually get those Italian chocolates called "Baci Perugina" which are traditional for Valentine. They are chocolates with a hazelnut inside and a romantic message.

Perfect. Another opportunity for a feast!


  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes
  • Yield : 10



Melt the butter over a low heat.

In a bowl whip the eggs with the sugar.

Add the vanilla essence, the sifted flour, the melted butter, the cocoa powder, the baking powder and mix well. Add a little bit of milk at a time, enough to make a soft and smooth mixture of a semi-runny consistency.

chocolate mousse

Put one tbsp of mixture into (approximately) 10 muffin cases (there might be less or more muffins depending on how large your cases are) then add a cherry and a piece of chocolate and cover up with some more mixture. Fill the muffin cases two-thirds full.

Make sure you cover up well the cherries and the chocolate levelling the top of the mixture with a spoon.

Chocolate muffins with cherries

Bake at 180C or 350F for approximately 20/25 minutes then remove them from the oven and let them cool down.

Make the ricotta topping by mixing the ricotta with the cocoa powder and the powdered sugar. Mix well to make a soft mousse.

With a piping bag or with a spoon pipe out the mousse on top of the muffins. Decorate with a cherry and with some sugary pearls (optional).


Chocolate muffins with ricotta and cherry


Chocolate muffins with ricotta


Chocolate muffins with cherries

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15 Responses to Chocolate muffins with light ricotta topping

  1. 2pots2cook

    Perfect way to celebrate with kids: that way they learn the best ! And yeeeees : we love chocolate combined with cherries 🙂 🙂

  2. angiesrecipes

    I love just how tender and soft the crumb is…a great cupcake recipe, Alida.

    • Alida

      Grazie carissima!

  3. PianetaCucina

    These cupcakes look SO decadent and delicious. I never have used ricotta in cupcakes before so this is an idea I need to try.
    Thanks for sharing Alida! 🙂
    From PianetaCucina

    • Alida

      A healthier version and quite nice as well.

    • Alida

      Yes they did enjoy them!

  4. Ron

    A yummo looking Valentine’s treat and very tasty one I’m sure. I don’t believe I’ve ever had a ricotta topping, but I shall try it soon.

    • Alida

      I don’t usually like icing on cupcakes as it is too sweet. This is why the ricotta topping seems to work quite well for me.

  5. Frank Fariello

    A very sweet looking muffin. The cherry on top is a charming touch!

  6. mimi rippee

    Oh my goodness these are so pretty! I don’t usually click on desserts and sweets because they’re too sweet for me. But these cupcakes are perfect!

  7. All That I'm Eating

    These look great Alida, I bet the ricotta gives a lovely creaminess to the icing.

  8. Balvinder

    Looks so delicious, Alida!
    Hope you are safe and healthy!

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