Monday, March 10, 2014

Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Growing up, I lived next to a wooded vacant lot.
Wild blackberry bushes grew there and I would pick blackberries with my brothers.
Sometimes we had so many that my mom would make cobbler or jam with them.

When I spied some fresh blackberries in the store recently,
it brought back all those great memories and I decided to make a new recipe.
Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes!

You make seedless blackberry puree by processing the berries in your blender,
then straining the puree through a fine mesh sieve.

The puree makes the cake batter a very deep blue color,
while the buttercream frosting becomes a beautiful pinkish purple.
Keep this in mind if you like natural food coloring alternatives!
Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes
by Bird On A Cake

Ingredients (18 cupcakes)
Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup blackberry puree
Blackberry Vanilla Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup blackberry puree
Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix in vanilla and blackberry puree. Pour batter into prepared liners and bake for 18-20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool on a rack.

Blackberry Vanilla Buttercream
In large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar on low speed until light and fluffy. Add blackberry puree and vanilla. Keep covered.
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 These cupcakes have a delicious flavor. I will definitely be making them again!

Another berrylicious cake recipe...
Raspberry Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Green Petal Cake

Here is a lovely Green Petal Cake to help you get ready for St. Patrick's Day!
The petal cake decorating technique is easy to do and so very pretty.
You can find my step-by-step petal tutorial here.

My Key Lime Cake recipe was perfect for this green cake...AND it's so delicious!
I used gel food coloring to make the frosting a very pale shade of green,
which I used between the layers and for the crumb coat.

Next, I divided the remaining frosting into three bowls
and colored two of them darker shades of green.
I alternated these colors from darkest to lightest while decorating the cake.

For the top of the cake, I created a flower shape.
This is done by making the petals in overlapping concentric circles,
pulling your dots of frosting toward the center of the cake.

You can also make simple circles on top, which I did on my Rainbow Petal Cake.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

 Another fun green cake...
Key Lime Shamrock Cake

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