A couple of weeks ago, my brother...who lives in Spokane, Washington, and is married to my lovely sister-in-law Mary...they got married in Las Vegas...asked me if I knew where to find a cupcake recipe using black raspberries. For his birthday, which was July 20, I decided to make him Black Raspberry cupcakes. But I couldn't find any black raspberries around the DC area.
I went to five grocery stores...no way...no black raspberries. humpf! So I modified and made up a recipe that could use raspberries, black raspberries, or black berries...which I could find.
However, (lucky me!...) I was able to find Black Raspberry Liqueur at the Montgomery County Liquor Store on Rockville Pike...and, I used that in the glaze for my recipe: Black Raspberry Lime Cupcakes with Black Raspberry Lime Glaze!
The flavor was great...summertime in a cupcake. You could use any kind of berry. I'll keep looking for black raspberries. If anyone lives near dc and finds some, let the Cupcake Queen know! We had these for dessert tonight and everyone wanted to take some home...Happy Birthday, Bro...I'll try to make some for you when we're in Vegas! If you live in Spokane and see Jim today...tell him happy belated birthday! He's a sweetie!
Layla and her new friend trying to figure out just who was going to get this cupcake. Lucky for Layla, she won out. Her friend...we don't know his name...got any ideas?... is such a nice boy...he gave up the cupcake for his girl friend!
Here's the recipe:
Black Raspberry Lime Cupcake with Black Raspberry Lime Glaze
Make 18 cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. Mexican vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup berries
1 tbsp lime zest
Prepare cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
Beat butter until fluffly. Add sugar and beat until light and creamy.
Add eggs, one at a time, until well mixed.
Beat in vanilla and milk.
Sift flour and baking powder and stir into the batter until combined.
Fold in berries and lime zest.
Spoon batter into cupcake cups.
Bake for 18 minutes. Remove pans from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool on a rack.
While waiting for cupcakes to cool, make the glaze.
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp lime zest
4 tpsp lime juice
1/4 cup black raspberry liqueur (optional)
2 tbsp boiling water
Mix sugar, lime zest, lime juice, liqueur and boiling water in a smal sauce pan on medium heat. Bring to a simmer, and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and brush glaze on the cupcake tops. Add berries for decoration and brush glaze on them, too. Drink the glaze...just kidding!
Next winter, thinking about these cupcakes will take you right back to the nice summertime you had this year!
I hope you all have a berry nice week....Rock On!
Posted by Cupcake Queen at Sunday, July 22, 2007