Raspberry cupcakes: an early taste of summer
Get an early taste of summer with our Raspberry Cupcakes, which are flavoured with homemade raspberry syrup. Use frozen raspberries to enjoy this sweet treat year-round. Other fresh or frozen berries will also work well in this recipe.
3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup whipping cream
Simple Butter Frosting (recipe follows)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. To prepare raspberry syrup, combine raspberries, water and 3 tbsp sugar in a small non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Force mixture through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl; discard solids. Measure out 3/4 cup raspberry syrup and set aside; reserve any remaining raspberry syrup for another use.
5. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; set aside.
6. Using medium speed of an electric mixer, beat together butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla until blended. Combine 3/4 cup raspberry syrup and cream.
7. Beginning and ending with flour mixture, add flour mixture alternately with raspberry syrup mixture to butter mixture, beating after each addition until blended. Continue beating until batter is smooth and light, about 2 minutes.
8. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cups, filling cups two-thirds full.
9. Bake until a cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, about 20 – 25 minutes.
10. Cool cupcakes in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on racks.
11. Pipe or spread Simple Butter Frosting over tops of cupcakes. Makes 15.
Simple Butter Frosting
3/4 cup salted butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
Using medium speed of an electric mixer, beat butter until light and creamy. Gradually beat in icing sugar until combined. Beat in cream and vanilla until fluffy and smooth, about 2 minutes. May be frozen. Makes about 2 cups.
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