Today I was in the mood for some cupcakes! With the gallons of blackberries we had, I wanted to try a Blackberry Cupcake with buttercream frosting that I saw on a baking blog. It just takes a classic white cake recipe and buttercream frosting but then add fresh blackberries to the mix. It’s yummy, and a pretty color :)
- 3 (6oz packs) blackberries, or 4-5 cups fresh berries
- 1/3 cup milk
- 6 large egg whites
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 2 ¼ cup cake flour
- 1 ¾ cup sugar
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
-Preheat oven 350 degrees.
-Mash blackberries (or puree). If you want, you can put in a mesh sieve to drain over a bowl and use a spatula to push through (reserve ¼ cup for the frosting) I perfer the chunks so I don’t put the berries through a sieve.
-In small bowl combine puree, milk, eggs, lemon juice, and mix with fork until blended. IN a bowl with a mixer, sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine. At a low speed add the butter and mix until moist crumbs.
-Add liquids and beat at medium speed for 1 minute until full and evenly combined. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat for 30 more seconds. Fill cup cake liners, ¾ way full.
-Bake for about 20 minutes or unitl a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and then transfer to plate and cool completely and ice!
BLACKBERRY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. almond extract
- 5-10 cups confectioners sugar (depending on how much blackberries you add. Start with 5 cups and add more until it is the right consistency)
- 1 Tablespoon meringue powder
- pinch of salt
- ¼-½ cup blackberry (pureed or mashed)
-cream butter and extracts until smooth. Mix in confectioner’s sugar and meringue powder and salt. Beat 2-3 minutes on high. Add blackberries and beat another 2-3 minutes. Add more powdered sugar if it is too runny.
*I placed the icing in a plastic piping bag with a star tip and iced the cupcakes.
The dough is a deap purple after you add the blackberries. Make sure you add more powdered sugar if you use a lot of blackberries in the icing. You may need to add a bit more of all of the other icing ingredients as well.