Cook and Tell: Vanilla Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

27 Apr

Last week I finally had the pleasure of a visit from my brother and adorable twin nieces. We don’t get to see each other often, and even rarer (is that a word?) on my side of the continent. When we have guests or visitors from out of town, or both, I get really excited about showering them with food.

Adults tend to worry about their figures, health, etc. etc. Kids, they are so easy (as long as there are no allergies to worry about). How many kids do you know that don’t like sweets. I am sure there are those few, but really, they are truly few and far between. When my nieces asked me what I like to cook, I listed a few things, one of which included cupcakes. From the mere mention of cupcakes I could sense the excitement rising in the tone of their emails (yes, 8 year olds email these days). So being the good aunt that I am, I promised to make them a batch of cupcakes when they are here for their visit.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

I decided that the perfect flavor for little girls was vanilla with some fruity frosting. While on my search for the right cupcake recipe, one of my favorite bloggers, Irine from Confessions of a Tart, shared a recipe for vanilla cupcakes from Martha Stewart with strawberry buttercream frosting. This was the perfect cupcake for my occasion. I did everything that Irine’s recipe called for, except I substituted blackberries for strawberries as I had no strawberries on hand.

I am not sure why, but my cupcakes sank in a bit after they cooled off. I was a bit bummed by it, but used it as an opportunity to use up some extra blackberries I had left over. Some of the cupcakes had a little surprise underneath the frosting, a fresh blackberry.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream frostingWhile I was sulking to my husband about my sunken cupcakes, looking for sympathy. He replied that he really enjoyed their shape, as the frosting fit perfectly into the cupcake and wasn’t perched on top. Go figure.

All I know is that I had two very happy girls on my hands, which is what I aimed for!

Update: I received a few questions regarding the muffin pan I used for these cupcakes. Just wanted to let you know that I used Good Cook 12 Cup Muffin Pan.


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  1. valerie

    May 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Well, I just finished a batch of cupcakes [different recipe] and they too sank in the middle while they cooled. I have be on a mission to find a cupcake that “domes”. I can tolerate flat but sunken! geez # ^ !
    Your cupcakes are beautiful, your photography is some of the best I have seen. Please email me and tell me where you got your pan with straight sides.

  2. DimpleArts

    April 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    That’s a great story! Let me know how it works out with the rootbeer cupcakes:) A supportive hubby is priceless!

  3. Erika Hollis

    April 29, 2011 at 10:28 am

    My husband, the trooper and guinee pig of my creations watched me make some rootbeer cupcakes. WELL..9 minutes in the oven and I smelled smoke..They were all over my oven. I filled the cups 1/3 the way, and they exploded..He took them out and tried to eat one with a huge grin telling me how good they were, and cleaned my oven so I could start all over again…Got to love these men!! I am still trying to perfect this creation..but I love this blackberry buttercream..I am going to try to incorporate this into my things to make..They look beautiful!

  4. Mary

    April 29, 2011 at 7:23 am

    These are really lovely. I live in blackberry country so the icing is a natural for us. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Gwenevere

    April 29, 2011 at 12:48 am

    This looks like it is packed with blackberries. Anything packed with flavor is a friend of mine.

  6. Heidi

    April 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I agree with your husband – a slight sinking of the middle is an awesome place to put a huge glob of icing! But I know what you mean, it’s disappointing when they sink in the middle. Even if they taste delicious and the texture is just right, I feel like something is wrong with they don’t dome.

    I wanted to ask you about your cupcake pans. I notice that the sides of your cupcakes are so straight. All of my muffin tins flare out slightly as they go up. I really like how yours have no flaring at the top. Can you tell me what kind of muffin tins you use & where you got them?

    Your cupcakes are adorable! White cake is my all time favorite and I love anything with berry.

  7. DimpleArts

    April 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you for letting me know :) Nice to see you are a reader:)

  8. Igor

    April 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Yeah, I also had a thought in the back of my mind that such shape works better for the frosting. It sits tighter in the cupcake and doesn’t slide off.

  9. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    April 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Blackberry frosting?!? You evil genius!

  10. Vicky

    April 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I’m hoping these cupcakes aren’t limited to 8 year olds who don’t care about their figures ;) They look delicious!

  11. Jennifer @ Raisin Questions

    April 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I love the color of this frosting!

  12. Kathy - Panini Happy

    April 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    What an amazing aunt you are! The cupcakes look the beautiful, I know the girls loved them. :-)