This is all fairly simple to put together, provided that you have an electric whisk. After several weeks of struggling without, I used an unexpected tax rebate to purchase a new one, along with some other much needed items. It may just be an electric whisk, but I have become very attached to my new one. This is not only because I am now able to make all manner of frostings and buttercreams, but also because it is baby pink. I've become a bit obsessed with pink lately (pink jeans, pink jumper, pink nails - not all worn at the same time, honest), so owning an electric whisk again, and a pink one at that, has made me pretty happy.
The purple swirl was simply achieved by using a wooden chopstick (I think) to paint a stripe of purple gel food colouring up the side of my piping bag before adding the frosting to it. I learned how to do it from these clever macarons from Sharky Oven Gloves.
Do give these cupcakes a go - they are very tasty and are easy to dress up for any soiree or other glamorous event you might be hosting. If you are hosting such an event, I would totally not begrudge an invite. You are using my cupcake recipe, after all.
For the cupcakes
- 200g Caster Sugar
- 200g Butter
- 3 Eggs
- 200g Plain Flour
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 75mL Milk
- 150g Blackberries (can be frozen or fresh)
For the white chocolate frosting
- 230g Butter
- 190g Icing Sugar
- 125g White Chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan and line a cupcake tin with cupcake cases.
- To make the cupcakes: cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into the batter and fold in until well combined.
- Add enough milk to give the batter a soft dropping consistency.
- Fold the blackberries into the batter, making sure they are well distributed.
- Divide the batter between the cupcake cases, then bake in the oven for 22 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack.
- To make the white chocolate frosting: melt the chocolate in a pan over a low heat.
- Use an electric whisk to combine the butter and icing sugar, then continue whisking for another 2 minutes.
- Add the white chocolate, then whisk the icing for 2 more minutes.
- Use the frosting to decorate the cakes as desired.
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