Very Berry Cupcakes

These cupcakes have been officially named (by myself) as Very Berry Cupcakes because they have a mix of dried crushed berries both in the cupcake as such and in the cream cheese icing. Berries everywhere. Very Berry Cupcakes.

But before the recipe, I am going to talk about my new swimsuit! Frankly, it seems absurd to mix swimsuits with cupcakes, but that’s my musing for today. Besides, the more swimming I do, the more cupcakes I get to eat, right?

I recently bought a new swimsuit, the type for seriously swimming laps up and down the pool, not the bikini type for lying on the beach. My old swimsuit, which was an Adidas, was well, getting old. So I went out and got a new one, which coincidentally is also an Adidas.

The fabric of my new swimsuit felt considerably better than my old one, though that’s partly due to the fact that the old one was getting old. I do remember what it was like back when it was new though, and this one just felt better. It’s like the shape held better, it fitting is snug but comfy at the same time, solid but flexible, sort of thicker but smoother. It’s hard to properly describe it all, it’s just: better. I know that in the last few years the textile industry has been investing a lot of its innovation on improving the technical aspects of textiles. I can confirm that my swimsuit technically feels better.

The label indicated that it uses a type of lycra called Infinitex®. The label also pointed out that it’s 100% chlorine resistant, has UPF 50+ and a bunch of other cool characteristics that are what probably made it feel so much better. The chlorine resistant-ness caught my eye. What is that supposed to mean? Chlorine resistant for how long? To what extent? I guess I’ll find out over time. What I can report on is that my old swimsuit always smelt horribly of chlorine when I got home and would wash it and hang it to dry, while my new one doesn’t. It truly does not smell of chlorine at all after swimming. How magical is that?

Very Berry Cupcake Recipe

These cupcakes, as I said above, have dried crushed berries in the cupcake and berries in the cream cheese icing. I used a mix of cranberries and lingonberries kindly sent to me a few months ago by Bilberry.ae. I had asked if I can use the crushed berries in baking, and they said affirmative. So, what has happened since then is that every cake (cake cakes, not cheesecakes, galettes, tarte tatins etc.) I’ve made since I received my crushed berries have berries inside them,.. up till the point that Mr. H. was beginning to ask if I would ever bake a non-berry cake again!

Ingredients for the berry cupcakes

1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
100 gr butter
1 cup sour milk
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons crushed berries
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Ingredients for the berry cream cheese icing

60 ml cream cheese
60 ml butter
1 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons crushed berries

Prepare by preheating the oven to 180ºC. Melt the butter in a bain-marie. Line cupcake molds with cupcake liners.

Add the eggs and sugar to a large bowl. Mix. Add the sour-milk, flour, baking powder and crushed berries. Mix. Add the butter and mix. Pour the mixture into the lined cupcake molds. Bake for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile make the berry cream cheese icing. Beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. Add the sugar and crushed berries. Continue beating until it reaches the desired icing consistency. Store in the fridge for later on.

Once the cupcakes are ready and have cooled down, put the berry cream cheese icing into icing pipers and decorate the cupcakes with the icing.

 

Next time I make cupcakes, I want to try making a mascarpone based creamy icing. If you have any tips please let me know in the comments.

Note

This post is in collaboration with Bilberry.ae. I received complimentary samples which were not in exchange for a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

 

11 Comments

  1. Mimi 2017-04-02 at 15:02

    These are so pretty, and I’m sure delicious!

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    1. Sofia V. 2017-04-02 at 19:38

      Why thank you Mimi, they were delicious 🙂

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  2. Lena L 2017-04-02 at 17:43

    Haha, I like your logic – more swimming and more cupcakes. ;D Looks so pretty and delicious! I usually go for a red velvet or something with peanut butter icing, but would love to try one with berries.

    (For some reason, your feed wasn’t updating on Feedly. I added your link again and now it works fine.)

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    1. Sofia V. 2017-04-02 at 19:43

      I’ve never tried peanut butter icing, thanks for letting me know, I’m going to look it up! (I am obsessed at the moment at discovering different types of icing).

      Aw thanks for updating the feed. I use Feedly too!!! 🙂 The not updating feed must be because I moved my blog recently, so, you know, weird things happen in the link world… With regards to your blog, I think I still have problems with leaving comments there, though I’m not sure if one got through. If it did, I wonder how I did it!
      Have a great week! xx

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    2. Sofia V. 2017-04-02 at 19:51

      UPDATE: I just write a comment on your blog and it posted as “Unknown”. I feel terribly computer unfriendly haha…

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      1. Lena L 2017-04-02 at 23:57

        LOL LOL I figured it was you. Thanks for the comment! I’m going to check again if my setting for commenting is easy enough for most people (except for those spammers).

        The peanut butter icing usually comes with PBJ cupcakes (they have grape jelly inside, too..yummy!). Honestly, I’m not big on cupcakes and don’t go for the traditional icings, which is also why I thought your berry cupcakes seemed extra scrumptious!

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  3. Amanda | What's Cooking 2017-04-04 at 01:31

    These look fabulous. Well done with the icing! I used to have a swim suit for serious lap swimming. I may need to get one again because running really is harsh on the body. Use it well and then you can eat all the cupcakes!

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    1. Sofia V. 2017-04-16 at 20:52

      Oh yes do! Swimming is a great all rounder sports and not harsh on the body! Then you can also eat more cupcakes too 😉

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  4. Mitzie Mee 2017-04-05 at 20:55

    Such a great way to use dried berries. I really wanted to be one of those cupcake loving persons, but I’ve often found them too sweet, and some of them also get dry really fast. Your look like my kind of cupcakes. Moist and very berry-ish:)
    Good luck with your new swimsuit. Sound really high-tech.

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    1. Sofia V. 2017-04-16 at 20:56

      When you make your own cupcakes you can make them less sweet 😉
      Yes, new swimsuit means I should now do more swimming!

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  5. Mabel Kwong 2017-04-23 at 05:57

    I do not like swimming one bit, lol. But good that you found a swimsuit that does not reek of chorine after. Maybe your body smells less of chorine too, or at least absorbs less of it 😀

    Yes. Berries not only in the cream cheese icing but also in the cake itself. So often I’d buy a cupcake and to be disappointed because there is nothing in the centre of the cake – or at the least it is just some cake pastry and fancy cream on top D: It looks like there are tiny black dots on your cakes – is that the wheat or are they the seeds from the crushed berries? 🙂

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