Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

Warning: Mini cupcakes are dangerous. You think you can eat five in one sitting because they're only little... Please proceed at your own risk.

Simple, elegant, and flavorful, this two-bite dessert quickly charms its way into your stomach. Any lunch, party, or bridal shower would welcome the arrival of this pretty, petite palate-pleaser.  

I cannot get over the stunning color of this frosting. All praise the blackberry! It reminds me of the blackberry cabernet gelato that Frost sells (probably because it's 105 F outside and I wish I had some ice cream right now... or because I always wish I had some ice cream right now regardless of the temperature...). If you can make this frosting before gobbling up all of the blackberries in the carton (power to you!), then you can make this recipe, and I highly recommend it. 

Vanilla Cupcakes
adapted from My Baking Addiction

yields 2 dozen cupcakes or 6 dozen mini cupcakes

2 1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
4 large egg whites
8 tablespoon (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and egg whites.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until the butter and sugar are very light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until well incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and eggs, beating until the ingredients are fully incorporated and the batter is smooth. Then add the last of the dry ingredients, beating until, yes, that's right, the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Using a large scoop/spoon, distribute the batter between the muffin trays, filling each muffin liner until 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Bake for 20-24 minutes for cupcakes, and 16-18 minutes for mini cupcakes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. While cupcakes are cooling, make Blackberry Frosting...

Blackberry Frosting

yields about 3 cups of frosting

Ingredients: 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter, softened
1 cup blackberries
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectioners' sugar

Beat the butter, blackberries, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add sugar, one cup at a time, until fully incorporated. Slather on cupcakes. Top with blackberries.


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  1. I love these tiny mini cupcakes of perfection!
    So beautiful, so elegant-

  2. Wow! These are so beautiful. I bet they taste fantastic.

  3. These are the cutest little cupcakes ever! And literally if there was ever a ladylike beauty of a cupcake, i think you made it :) Im so tempted to try these out but i dont think i could make mine half as pretty as yours! Lovely recipe indeed :)

  4. I love miniature versions of things - almost makes me feel not as bad as eating a regular sized cupcake - but then I end up eating 100's of the little guys... Oh well. These look and sound absolutely fabulous =)

  5. These are remarkably pretty and I do think it would be too easy to eat 5 in a row!

  6. These are awesome-love the color! The glaze is a nice change of pace from the standard big whip of frosting. Thanks for sharing this one-yum!

  7. Those look gorgeous and I can see where you MIGHT eat more then one since they are mini...but who cares they look so wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I was hooked by the frosting. I'm not a huge cake fan, but give me a frosting that has fruit and lemon in it, and I'm definitely at the party! These are fantastic.

  9. Mini cupcakes ARE so dangerous...yikes! these look fabulous!!!

  10. Oh wow!! These look gorgeous! I am in love with that blackberry frosting. What a fantastic color they have.

  11. I was just craving for something sweet and came across your beautiful mini cakes. The frosting is too pretty! Made me wanna do another mini series…

  12. GORGEOUS!!! Holy cow do those look amazing! I love these so much, they look perfect!

  13. These are adorable and I know they tasted amazing.

  14. What beautiful cupcakes! I love that blackberry frosting too!

  15. I was prepared to see a creamy frosting, but I like the jammy look of the blackberry frosting!

  16. Pretty! I just made a "big" version of these- your frosting is so gorgeous!!

  17. These are gorgeous! It looks like your frosting has a touch of edible glitter...or if not, what can we attribute the glittery look to?

  18. I took the pictures in the sun, and that's probably the butter you see :)

  19. Wow! Your photos look amazing! These are definitely some cupcakes I could sink my teeth into!
    -Elyse @The Cultural Dish

  20. Your cupcakes are so pretty. All I can think is bling - bling!

  21. That frosting is delightful! These look scrumptious and again a gorgeous photo :)
    Have a great weekend...

  22. I am in awe of the photographs..superb cakes!

  23. I love how that frosting has a slight sparkle to it! They'd be a party pleaser for sure.


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