Berry Cupcakes

Berry Cupcakes use the puree of fresh fruit to impart a sweet, tart, berry flavor into the cupcakes and the frosting. Use any berries you prefer, I went with the combination of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry.

Berry Cupcakes

I’ve got more pink treats lined up for you guys. Hope you don’t mind… I made these cupcakes a couple months ago and honestly had no idea they were going to turn out to be such a pretty pink color. I decided to sit on the post so that I could post it in October.

Berry Cupcakes

These Berry Cupcakes were the first cupcakes I brought in to work since moving back to Ohio. A couple people at work knew I had a food blog, but I don’t think they fully comprehended what that meant. These cupcakes caused a great deal of buzz. People were really impressed with the “professional” look of them.

Berry Cupcakes

I have to admit, piping frosting on a cupcake is one of my favorite things to do. They say if you do something for 10,000 hours, you’re an expert at it. I surely haven’t come close to piping frosting for 10,000 hours yet, but I know I’ve baked an frosted a LOT of cupcakes in the past 6 years that this blog has been around.

Berry Cupcakes

The original recipe just used blackberries, but I decided to go for the tri-berry combination of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. The cupcakes themselves have a great berry flavor, but the frosting is what shines on these cupcakes. It has a great berry flavor that has a smidge of tartness to counter the sweetness that you get with this type of frosting.

Berry Cupcakes

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge! Make something PINK during the month of October to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and a chance to win a $100 donation to the charity of your choice.

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Berry Cupcakes

Berry Cupcakes use the puree of fresh fruit to impart a sweet, tart, berry flavor into the cupcakes and the frosting. Use any berries you prefer, I went with the combination of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry.

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes
18 oz fresh fruit - I used 6 oz each of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
1/3 cup milk, at room temperature
6 egg whites, room temperature
2 tsp lemon juice
2 1/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
12 Tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened

For the Frosting
2 sticks butter unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
5 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp meringue powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup fruit puree

Directions:

For the Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two muffin pans with liners.

Puree berries in a food processor or blender. Scrape into a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl. With a rubber spatula, work the berries through the sieve, leaving seeds behind. Remove 1/4 cup of puree for the frosting. You should have ~2/3 cup of blackberry puree leftover.

In small bowl, combine puree, milk, egg, lemon juice, and mix with fork until well blended. In bowl of stand mixer, add sifted flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix to combine. Continue beating at slow speed and add butter. Mix until combined and resembling moist crumbs.

Add liquids and beat at medium speed for about 1 minute or until full and evenly combined. Stop mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for 30 more seconds. Fill cupcake liners ~3/4 full.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center cupcake in each pan comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in pans and then transfer to a covered plate.

For the Frosting
Cream butter and extracts until smooth.

Mix in confectioner’s sugar, meringue powder, and salt and beat 2-3 minutes on high.

Add berry puree and beat for an additional minute. Adjust consistency, if desired, with additional confectioner's sugar or water.

Recipe seen on Confections of a Foodie Bride, originally adapted from Cook's Illustrated

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30 Responses to “Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake”

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    CB — March 30, 2008 at 4:57 am

    I love the idea of perfect party minicakes!! They look delish! Great job! That flour picture is so funny. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that – flour on the counter, on my KA, in my hair, on my face!
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

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    Nemmie — March 30, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Yum! Love the raspberry/lemon combo, and the mini cakes are adorable 🙂

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    Morven — March 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Well done – what an innovative variation. They look so cute!

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    Maryann — March 30, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I can totally relate to the slippery effect.
    Your cake looks beautiful!

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    Sheltie Girl — March 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    You did a lovely job on all your mini cakes.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

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    slush — March 30, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Adorable! Your KA and mine would be best friends. ‘Chuck’ is always filthy. Poor guy. He gets cleaned up, just to be coated again. 😉

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    Ben — March 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    How cute! Making mini-cakes is a great idea. Next time I make this cake I will try that, I still have a HUGE cake in the fridge I need to eat :-/

    Cheers!

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    ~Amber~ — March 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Great idea on the mini cakes. They are really cute. Great job. To the next challenge we go.

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    Carrie — March 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    beautifully done!!! love it!!!

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    Jerry — March 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I love the little cakes! Plus the raspberries! Yummy!

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    L Vanel — March 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    The mini cakes look really amazing!

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    Allergy Mom — March 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    The minicakes are wonderful! Now, you’ll need my address to send one…Libby 😉

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    Butta Buns — March 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Love the idea of the mini cakes, that’s so adorable!

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    Bridget — March 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Mini-cakes are definitely more work than one large cake! They’re so cute though.

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    Nikki — March 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    What a cute idea! They look adorable!

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    Gail — March 30, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I love desserts in miniature and your mini cakes look beautiful. I think I will most definitely be making mini cakes sometime in the near future – thank you for the wonderful idea!

    ~gail

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    Claire — March 30, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’m loving the mini versions! The cake looks fantastic. Mmmmm!

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    Peabody — March 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I made mini ones too. I hate to tell you but it is way easier to frost a whole cake than mini ones. 🙂
    Looks great.

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    Beth G. — March 30, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful!! You did a gorgeous job :O)

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    Namratha — March 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    These individual cakes look pretty…well done!

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    Lesley — March 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Really cute idea to make individual cakes, I love that. Great job!

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    jasmine — March 31, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I adore your minicakes. V lovely.

    j

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    leafy bombshell — March 31, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Oh! the minicakes are just the best idea ever. I probably should have done that with my oh-so flat cakes. How great.

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    Ritsumei — March 31, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Mini cakes -what a great idea! I think I’m going to have to try that here pretty soon. Looks like a delicious lot of fun. Especially the part where you get to eat the scraps. I think this cake was some of the best I’ve had.

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    ruthEbabes — March 31, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    What cute little mini cakes! Aren’t things just better when they’re mini?

    Great work!

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    Gabi — March 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I love the little cakes and the picture with the raspberry and lemon zest is so enticing!
    Perfect!
    xoxo
    Gabi

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    Jenny — April 1, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Another messy baker here! And I love the mini cakes – I’m nice to see its as low-tech as cutting circles out of larger pieces rather than trying to bake a bunch of cakes in miniature pans.

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    creampuff — April 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Jen,

    Your little cakes are gorgeous! I too love swiss buttercream … congratulations on a job well done!

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    JMom — April 1, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    wow, that takes some patience, putting all those cakes together! They are just the cutest though. ~ JMom

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    Big Boys Oven — April 2, 2008 at 8:54 am

    so petite and cute!

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