Raspberry Cupcakes with Champagne Icing

  • 290g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp fine salt
  • 300g white sugar
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 375ml whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp raspberry extract
  • 2 tbsp pureed fresh raspberries
  • Champagne buttercream icing, recipe follows
  • For the champagne buttercream icing
  • 450g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 660g icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp Champagne, or 1 tbsp Champagne flavouring

Serves: 18 cakes

1) Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3. Line the cups of a standard-size cupcake tin with paper baking cases.

2) Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with a paddle attachment, add the sifted dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add the oil to the mixture until fine crumbs are formed. Add the eggs, milk, raspberry extract and pureed raspberries and mix on low speed for 1 minute. Stop and scrape the bowl and paddle, and then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

3) Fill the paper cake cases three-quarters full with batter and bake until baked through, about 20 minutes. Do not open the oven during this time. Cool the cupcakes completely on a rack.

4) Put the Champagne buttercream icing into a plastic bag and cut 1cm off the tip of one corner. Pipe each cupcake in a circular motion until the top of the cupcake is completely covered.

To make the champagne buttercream:
1) In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the butter until creamed.

2) Add the powdered sugar and champagne and mix until the ingredients are evenly incorporated and the frosting is smooth and creamy.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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