Chef Tune's Sweet Onion Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Food Network Chopped Champion Chef Shannen Tune, along with his kids Shannen Jr. and Sophia, make delicious chocolate cupcakes with a sweet surprise - sweet onions! Sweet onions not only add hidden nutrients but they also help keep the cupcakes moist and flavorful. 

This recipe was created for RealSweet by celebrity chef and Food Network’s Chopped champion Chef Shannen Tune of craftburgerfoodtruck.com and diningwiththetunes.com.

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 small RealSweet sweet onion, sauteed and diced
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoon butter (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup Confectioners
Instructions

Cupcakes:

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave, for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently
  2. In 2 tablespoons of oil, caramelize onions over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. In large electric mixer bowl, beat oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until nice and fluffy for 2-3 minutes. Beat in warm chocolate and caramelized onions. Mix flour with baking soda and salt; stir into the batter alternately with milk.
  4. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven in cupcake molds for 15 to 20 minutes, checking with a toothpick by sticking it in cake close to the middle. If it comes out clean cake is done.

Frosting:

  1. In a mixer on medium speed, combine cream cheese, butter and sugar for about 2 minutes.
  2. Once combined, and whip for another three minutes, scraping the side of the mixer bowl as you mix.
  3. Top cupcakes before serving. 

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes