Monday, July 23, 2012

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting


I am babysitting my friend Emily little girl this month and so happen Isabel (Bella) birthday was last week. I decided to bake her some cupcakes. I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes but with different frosting. I frosted her cupcakes with Cotton Candy flavor while for the adults I made the raspberry frosting. I think we like the latter better but for Bella she prefers the Cotton Candy frosting.



Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk plus 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice- add acid to the milk then set aside for 5 minutes before using)
Some fresh raspberries for garnish


Ingredients for Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

1 ½ sticks/3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar (depending of your sweetness level & desired consistency)
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium bowl, sift cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and set aside. Prepare the muffin pan and line it with paper liners.
2. In an electric mixer, whisk eggs for 30 seconds and then add in sugar and continue to beat on medium speed about a minute. Add vanilla and oil and continue to beat for 30 seconds.
3. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk. Beat until just combined. Scrap down the side of the bowl.
4. The batter will be pretty thin. Pour batter into a muffin pan. Fill liners about 2/3 full. Bake cupcakes in pre-heated oven for 12-14 minutes. You will get 12 large cupcakes. Cool in pan 1-2 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan (carefully) and finish cooling on a wire rack.
5. Prepare the frosting. In a food processor, puree raspberries until fairly liquefied. Strain to eliminate the seeds. Place butter, half the sugar, and raspberry puree into mixing bowl. Beat over low speed until well-blended.
6. Add the other half of the sugar, Increase speed to medium. Mix until very well-blended and fluffy. The icing will have a different consistency due to the fruit juices. It will spread normally, though. Frost cooled cupcakes and top it with fresh raspberries.

Bella busy decorating her birthday cupcakes

14 comments:

Linda said...

I love your cupcake!!! It was sooo sweet n beautiful! I love to present to my gal for her coming B-day! But not the raspberry season. I reckon raspberry look better than strawberry! :)

Sorry, was sick for past few weeks due to winter now.....

Now I'm back to support n enjoy reading your blog! Great job! Thank you !

Christine said...

The raspberry cupcakes are so pretty!

MeRy said...

Looks delicious..

Sarah said...

Beautiful cupcakes for a beautiful little girl :))

Elin said...

Babysitting...:) Bella is such a pretty gal and the cuppies are beautiful with the berries on top :) The cuppies sure make her birthday special !

Honey Bee Sweets said...

So nice of you to babysit and bake cupcake for the little girl! I'll be super happy to have one of those lovely cupcakes too, yum!

lena said...

the cupcakes are very lovely..as i was looking thru the photos, i noticed the flower on bella's hair is so matching with th pink cupcakes and the blue ones are so matching with her dress :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

She look pretty with the flower and this beautiful cupcakes.

lyly said...

Beautiful cupcakes !! I love the color of it.

ICook4Fun said...

Linda, thank you. Hope you are feeling much better now. You can always replace it with any type of berries.

Christine, thank you.

Mery, thanks.

Sarah, thanks

Elin, just for a month only :)

Bee Bee, yea she is happy with it :)

Lena, yea she put a huge flower on her hair because it was her birthday and I too notice that her cupcakes matches her dress.

Sonia, thank you.

Lyly, thank you.

Maple said...

Hi,
your cupcake's so cute and look very easy to make
Can i use regular milk in this recipe ?
And how about the texture of this cupcake?

Thanks,

ICook4Fun said...

Maple, yes you can. The cupcake is soft.

Maple said...

Thank you so much.
I'll bake them soon. :)
Hope they're cute like yours.

carolinerockey said...

Hi,
Can you share your standard butter icing recipe please?
Thanks very much.