Theme: Raspberry Fetish Cupcakes

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Posted on 01/07/2008 by losslustlove
Thank you everyone for your helpful ideas on how to use those raspberries I purchased. I ended up taking them in a slightly different direction.

I had an idea to play around with the everyday black bottom cupcake. I knew I wanted to make a lemon cupcake, but how to include my raspberries? I didn't just want raspberry frosting. So I finally came to the conclusion to whip up a raspberry cream cheese filling to throw into the lemon batter. I don't have any experience playing around with recipes. I researched several different recipes... and I changed some things, and combined. Finally, I came to this end result:



I call it my 'Raspberry Fetish Cupcake'. Because... it seemed like a good idea at the time haha. :D



Raspberry Fetish Cupcakes

Cream Cheese Filling
- 16 oz. (2 sticks) cream cheese, room temp
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 large egg whites, room temp
- 2 tbsp sour cream, room temp
- 1/4 cup raspberry preserves, seedless

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and salt, continue beating.
Beat in egg whites, sour cream and raspberry preserves. Set aside.

Lemon Citrus Cupcakes
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 2 egg yolks, room temp
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
Beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, increasing speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in vanilla and lemon zest. On low speed, beat in lemon juice. The batter will appear curdled until the addition of flour.
Beat in dry ingredients, alternating with milk. Mix well.
Pour batter into cupcake liners 3/4 full. Top each with 1 heaping tbsp of cream cheese mixture. Do not stir.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before moving to cooling rack.


The naked cupcake.

Raspberry Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 8 oz. (1 stick) cream cheese, room temp
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/4 cup raspberry preserves
- 3 cups icing sugar, sifted

Beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until combined.
Add half of the icing sugar, lemon juice, fresh raspberries and raspberry preserves. Beat on high until combined.
Add remaining sugar in stages until it has reached desired spreading consistency.



Thoughts
Overall I enjoyed this cupcake. I did not expect it to turn out this well on my first attempt. It reminds me of a being a young girl on a warm summer day. Perhaps not January material, but it was a welcomed change from chocolate. I will definitely be making these again all throughout Spring and Summer.

Before I tasted the cupcake, I thought I might add more icing sugar to the frosting next time as it does appear (and pipe) runny. However, after tasting it, I think it works well. The small cake is slightly dry and icing sort of works like jam on a toast. Very pleasant.

The only change that must be made... I have to purchase a proper lemon zester next time. The current texture is not 100% because I can't zest a lemon with a potato peeler. I can't even peel a potato with a potato peeler.

I would like to try adding more cream cheese filling to the batter next time. I wrote in the recipe 1 heaping tbsp of the filling, however I added less than that to my batter and while it did work... I originally wanted a more dominant flavor. More black bottom cupcake-esque. I did attempt marbling half the cupcakes with the cream cheese filling, however it didn't work as I had hoped. It did hold the frosting better though. Marble, or just dropping by tbsp, both work. Matter of opinion. I suggest trying half and half the first batch of cupcakes.

*exhale*

I'm pretty happy with myself. I'm still just learning. But... it was fun experimenting. And maybe a recipe like this does exist, but... it was fun playing around on my own.

erotology 8th-Jan-2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Those look amazingly scrumptious!
arial 8th-Jan-2008 04:27 am (UTC)
These look delicious! We're having a family reunion in June, I might have to try these :D
losslustlove 8th-Jan-2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Let me know if you do! I would love to hear if they work out well for others! :)
dear__john 8th-Jan-2008 04:31 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous. I've been looking at cupcakes all day (I'm sick with no food, so I need a pick-me-up), and these are the prettiest little things Ive seen.
I'm going to try them soon.
citylightslove 8th-Jan-2008 04:32 am (UTC)
those look very yummy!
the__birds 8th-Jan-2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Raspberries, lemon, AND cream cheese? A cupcake after my own heart.
losslustlove 8th-Jan-2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly :D
opalclaw Recipe size?8th-Jan-2008 08:09 am (UTC)
How many cupcakes can be made with your posted recipe?
losslustlove Re: Recipe size?8th-Jan-2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
It made about 20 cupcakes for me.

I knew I was forgetting something! :)
longpig 8th-Jan-2008 09:19 am (UTC)
Those look delicious! BTW, please add 'theme' somewhere in your subject to make sure it gets included in the contest. Thanks!
losslustlove 8th-Jan-2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I changed it!

Hopefully thats what you meant, haha. :)
herbonestrcture 8th-Jan-2008 10:13 am (UTC)
eeeeeeeee so qt!!!!! you have to mail them to me somehow!!
losslustlove 8th-Jan-2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the cream cheese filling, didn't really have a problem with the taste. But, good to know in case anyone mentions it doesn't have enough of a cream cheese flavor. Thanks!

Yeah... I'm really embarrassed to say I used a potato peeler... but... s'all I had haha. I plan on picking one up here this week so, whew. :D
luv_is_vengence 8th-Jan-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
"I can't zest a lemon with a potato peeler. I can't even peel a potato with a potato peeler."

hahaha, that reminded me of myself. =]
luv_is_vengence 8th-Jan-2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
ps. they look and sound amazing
losslustlove 8th-Jan-2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Glad to see there are more of us out there that can't peel :D
fallendebre 9th-Jan-2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Inspiring! I'll have to try something neat like this the next time I "attempt" a new project.

The recipe sounds perfect for late May, in my opinion :)
mindlessdork 9th-Jan-2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
They're very pretty!
Bet they're yummy, too! Will have to try them out sometime.
interludesign 11th-Jan-2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Hi!

I just tried these out tonight, and while they didn't come out looking as pretty as yours (we filled them too high, hah), they were absolutely delicious. I'm definitely saving this recipe for another day. Maybe I'll even try a cake... Hmm.

Love it!!
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