Winter Berry and an Oregon Favorite

This was the mother of weeks for Bubbles and Sprinkles. Literally. Mama got remarried and it was incredibly special. I am very grateful that I got to be a part of it.

As I mentioned several months back, her only request was that I make a fruity variety of cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake and pick out a special sparkling wine to match. More photos to follow (courtesy of the fabulous Macy Marie Photography), but wanted to give a glimpse into the weekend.

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Commence– mission “master fruit cupcakes”. I landed on Winter Berry with buttercream frosting, as her colors were blue and white. Fruity cupcakes will be the death of me. Batch one equaled Winter Berry souffles. Batch two rose slightly more but it took until batch three to get the right consistency of batter. This was also by far the largest quantity I’ve baked so that was an adventure in itself.

Genius idea for the week– blue SPARKLE SPRINKLES to garnish. This might need to be a Bubbles and Sprinkles signature, moving forward πŸ™‚

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Recipe (batches of 12):

Cupcakes

  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • blue SPARKLE SPRINKLES (I was pretty excited about these)

Frosting

  • 1 cup butter
  • 12 oz confectioners sugar
  • 3 tsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine cupcake ingredients and beat until batter is smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes. Cool and frost. Garnish with blue SPARKLE SPRINKLES and enjoy!

We went back and forth on the sparkling wine for this week. Initially I really wanted to use a French Rose since it was such a special occasion but realized that the ones I was looking at were far too tart for a cupcake that already has a little bit of a bite to it. The winner was Argyle’s 2008 Brut. Fruity and full, the Brut adds another dimension to the berries in the cupcakes. The acidity complements the (overload of) sugar in the frosting. Satisfied guests (and a very exhausted baker) all around.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful week and a happy New Year!

Cheers,
Jenna

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