Introduction:
Vanilla Cupcakes with Berry Frosting are a delightful treat that combines the classic sweetness of vanilla cupcakes with the tangy and vibrant flavors of a berry-infused frosting. These cupcakes are perfect for any occasion, from birthday parties to afternoon tea with friends. The vanilla cupcakes are moist and tender, while the berry frosting adds a burst of fruity goodness. With just the right balance of flavors and a beautiful, colorful appearance, these cupcakes are sure to impress. Let’s get started on making this mouthwatering dessert!

History:
The origins of cupcakes can be traced back to the 18th century when they were first mentioned in American cookbooks. These mini cakes were a convenient way to portion out desserts, and they quickly gained popularity due to their individual size. Over time, cupcakes have evolved and become a beloved treat worldwide. The addition of berry frosting to vanilla cupcakes is a modern twist that adds a refreshing twist to this classic dessert.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
Total Time: 40-45 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk

For the Berry Frosting:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions:

For the Vanilla Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry mixture. Mix until just combined; do not overmix.
  6. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full with the cupcake batter.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Berry Frosting:

  1. In a blender or food processor, puree the mixed berries until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.
  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and heavy cream until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.
  5. Gently fold in the berry puree, adding it in increments until you achieve the desired color and flavor.
  6. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them with the berry frosting using a piping bag or a spatula.

NUTRITION FACTS:

Serving SizeCaloriesTotal FatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumTotal CarbohydratesDietary FiberSugarsProtein
1 Cupcake32014g9g70mg160mg46g1g35g2g

Conclusion:
Vanilla Cupcakes with Berry Frosting offer a delightful combination of flavors and textures that make them a standout dessert. The tender vanilla cupcakes are the perfect canvas for the vibrant and tangy berry frosting. Whether you’re baking these for a special occasion or just to satisfy a sweet craving, these cupcakes are sure to please. Share them with friends and family, and savor the unique and delicious taste of these delightful treats. Enjoy!