Aug 162016
Blackberry and Chocolate Cupcakes

This recipe for blackberry and chocolate cupcakes is the first in a series of summer cakes, so stay tuned for more!

I made these cupcakes several weeks ago for a family get-together and they went down a treat. The soft chocolate sponge pairs well with fresh blackberry buttercream. This post has the recipe for the blackberry buttercream and I’ve linked to the chocolate cupcake recipe.

Blackberry and Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes

You can find my recipe for chocolate cupcakes here: Chocolate Cupcakes

Blackberry Buttercream

The frosting recipe comes from BBC Good Food

  • 150g blackberries
  • 100g butter (softened)
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Place the blackberries in a saucepan over medium-low heat and cook down until the juices have released. Then, strain through a fine-mesh sieve and let cool. The BBC recipe called for puréed blackberries, but I decided that would make the icing too seedy so I strained it.

Beat the butter and vanilla until well-combined then add the blackberry purée. Gradually add in the icing sugar until you get a firm piping consistency. The day I made these I ran out of icing sugar, so the frosting wasn’t as firm as I would have liked.

The tartness of the blackberries helps to cancel out the over-powering sweetness of the icing.

The Purple Enigma


Also, I wanted my frosting to look like this because, well, purple! I added some blue food colouring to my frosting and I wouldn’t recommend it as it did nothing. I still have no clue how they managed to get this colour, and unfortunately there was no recipe in this blog post.

Top with a fresh blackberry!

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