Blackberry and a Tart Rose

Winter is coming (finally!). That means this girl eats a lot more. Sorry co-workers, if the cupcakes are a success, chances are high that I will consume the majority of them immediately after cooling 🙂 Although my creativity level wasn’t at its peak this weekend, I did utilize a fruit that I rarely consume.

Blackberries are an underrated fruit. Sweet and tart with a funky texture to boot. I don’t integrate them into my diet enough and decided to change that this week. It’s also been a minute since I explored stuffed cupcakes, so the timing was perfect for blackberry compote stuffed cupcakes.

I’ve found the perfect ratio of wet to dry ingredients for the cupcakes, causing them to rise fabulously. I attempted to utilize a new frosting tip this week, to moderate success. I’ve been playing around substituting different dairy ingredients for milk. My faves so far have been sour cream and heavy whipping cream.

Recipe (makes 12)

Cupcakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter

Blackberry Compote

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. hot water

Frosting

  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin. Combine cupcake ingredients and beat until smooth. In small pan, boil compote ingredients for about 12 minutes, until berries have a mushy consistency. While cupcakes bake for 17 minutes, mix frosting ingredients until the consistency is thick but not too sticky. If in doubt, add more confectioners sugar. Once cupcakes have cooled, hollow out center and fill with berry compote. Frost using desired frosting bag tip and enjoy!.

Blackberry 1

Blackberry 2

Blackberry 3

It’s a rare occasion but from time to time I do run into a sparkling wine that I don’t agree with. Unfortunately, this week’s was one of those. I purchased the Trevisiol with the hopes that its advertised light berry and apple flavors would compliment my blackberry cupcakes. Interestingly enough, this sparkling wine was very bitter, a jarring contrast to the tart flavors of the berry compote. I can see how it might go well with salty noodles or pasta, but just wasn’t my cup of sparkling wine. Not to say it did not get consumed 🙂

Trevisol 1

On a related sweet note, I wanted to share a fun Kickstarter I’ve just learned about. It’s called HunnyMilk, hopefully opening in Portland in Spring 2015. We’re talking some of my other favorites things, decadent ice cream treats and donuts cooked to order. I wanted to share it with my readers in case you guys feel like being a part of it. Check out their Website for more info.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna

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