Friday, May 15, 2009

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream

A couple years ago I made birthday cupcakes for my friend Ann that were the prettiest Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream, courtesy of Martha. I really liked the idea of a fruity frosting and I can say assuredly that it did not disappoint. I wanted to make a variation of the Strawberry Buttercream recipe and I thought maybe chocolate and blackberries belonged together even though I had no evidence about this being a good partnership. Judging by the fact that Ann ate four cupcakes in a day, I think it can be called a success.

I started with my go-to Devil's Food cake recipe, courtesy of Gourmet magazine. I halved the recipe thinking I would end up with 12 cupcakes but instead I got 16, which, you know, worse things could happen.

I then altered the Strawberry Buttercream recipe by halving the amounts, substituting seedless blackberry jam for the strawberry jam, and garnishing each cupcake with a plump, pretty blackberry.

A few things to note: I had an enormous amount of frosting leftover so even though I did cut the recipe in half, it was still a lot, definitely enough for 2 dozen cupcakes or more. I made the mistake of trying to watch the Lost season finale while making the buttercream and, well, there's a bit of science involved with a buttercream frosting and so it didn't set up as much as it should have, and did, the first time I made this. Focus is key, apparently.

For the Devil's Food Cake Recipe, click here.

For the Buttercream recipe, click here.


Robert said...

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. These look so delicious. Erin when are you going to have a bake sale and invite all of us over to sample?

Sean T said...

Those look mad delicious sis. I refuse to watch those pups of yours unless a batch of those is waiting for me when I arrive. The ball is in your court. Consider yourself warned.

Ann said...

I was just checking out your latest posts and saw my cupcakes again! If only I had known you had extra frosting when you made them. I would have eaten it with a spoon!!! Delish.