Raspberry Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Pureéd raspberries add a tartness to the sweet cupcake sponge.
  • For the cupcakes
  • 325g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. fine salt
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 125ml rapeseed oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 375ml whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. raspberry essence
  • 2 tbsp. pureed fresh raspberries
  • For the champagne icing
  • 500g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 750g icing sugar
  • 60ml champagne, or 15ml champagne flavoring
  • 4 tablespoons Champagne, or 1 tablespoon Champagne flavoring
For the cupcakes:

1) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/Gas mark 3. Line a regular-size cupcake tin with 18 cupcake liners.

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 cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter and bake until baked through, about 20 minutes. Do not open the oven during this time. Cool cupcakes completely after baking.

For the champagne icing:

1) In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the butter until creamed. Add the icing sugar and champagne and mix until the ingredients are evenly incorporated and the frosting is smooth and creamy.

To assemble:

2) Put the icing into a pastry bag and cut 2 1/2 cm off the tip. Frost each cupcake in a circular motion until the top of the cupcake is completely covered and serve.

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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