Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Raspberry trifle cupcakes

Raspberry trifle cupcakes / Cupcakes de pavê de framboesa

I have to tell you two things about these cupcakes: first, they were delicious; second, the icing was a bit of a pain in the neck to make – I beat it forever using the electric mixer and it still did not firm up like the one on the magazine (I believe it happened because I used a different kind of cream).

It was not as quick as I’d expected it to be, but I wasn’t determined not to quit – I was already feeling bad for quitting “In Bruges” after watching it for 50 minutes...

Raspberry trifle cupcakes / Cupcakes de pavê de framboesa

Raspberry trifle cupcakes
from Donna Hay magazine

250g unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (274g) caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
2 1/3 cups + 1 tablespoon (337g) all purpose flour
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
generous pinch of salt
1 cup (240ml) whole milk, room temperature
1 cup frozen raspberries
¼ cup (60ml) sweet sherry*

Whipped custard icing:
1 ½ cups (360ml) heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
4 egg yolks
¼ cup + ½ tablespoon (56g) caster sugar
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 cup double (thick) cream**
1 tablespoon icing sugar

Start by making the custard: place the heavy cream and vanilla (seeds and bean) in a saucepan over low heat and cook until just comes to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reheat the mixture. Place the egg yolks, sugar and corn starch in a bowl and whisk thick and pale. Slowly pour the hot cream mixture over the yolks, whisking continuously. Return to the saucepan and stir over low heat for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Let cool, then refrigerate until required.
Now, the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line two 12-hole ½ cup (120ml) capacity muffin pans with paper cases. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in the large bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until combined. Add milk and beat in low speed until combined. Fold in the raspberries. Divide batter among prepared pans and bake for 15-18 minutes or until risen and cooked through when tested with a toothpick. Carefully remove from the pan and place on a wire rack. Drizzle the warm cupcakes with the sherry and cool completely.
Finish the icing: add the double cream and the icing sugar to the cool custard and whisk until stiff peaks form. Spoon the icing over the cupcakes.

*I didn’t have any sherry at home, so I drizzled the cupcakes with vanilla extract
** there is no double cream in Brazil, so I whipped 1 cup whipping cream until stiff peaks formed, combined it with the custard then whipped it again

Makes 24 – I made ¼ of the recipe above, used 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity pans and got 6 cupcakes


LimeCake said...

i love the simple look of these cupcakes. the frosting is such a beautiful white! really looks amazing!

martina said...

Why on hearth do you quit watching In Bruges??? That movie is fun and sad at the same time... you have to see it 'till the end to appreciate it fully. And Colin Farrell is to good to miss. Give it another go, trust me!

Finla said...

Beautiful cupcake, I didb't like the movie at all but then watched it fully as Brugges is the town we go a lot for shopping as it is onlt 18 km from our home.

cocoa and coconut said...

I used to hate raspberries; but now they are real favourite berry of mine! Plus, I think their bright pinkness really bring something special to cupcakes...just as you've displayed here.

Just Cake Girl said...

they look sooo delicious :)))

Taz said...

These cupcakes look so good, pity you can't find heavy cream in Brasil - I'm sure the icing was fantastic anyway!

Jennie said...

These look so pretty!!! :) :)

christelle is flabbergasting said...

Mmmm... Looks amazing and certainly delicious!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

That's a different icing than what I usually make for my cupcakes. Your cupcakes turned out beautiful.

ChichaJo said...

I think these cupcakes look great...and yes also the frosting!

Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Raspberries and cupcakes always seem to go well together!

These cupcakes look delicious, and I also love the idea of a trifle in a cupcake liner.

Thank you for the recipe!

Patricia Scarpin said...

LimeCake, thank you!

Martina, I agree with you about the sad/fun stuff, but it was too boring, I could not stand it anymore... I could not even wait for Ralph Fiennes to show up - and he's my favorite actor EVER!
Thank you for you thoughts - I might try watching it again!

Happy Cook, thank you! The city looks very beautiful on the movie.

Brittany, really? I love them - my favorite berries, too! :D
Thank you!

Just Cake Girl, thank you!

Taranii, I do find heavy cream - I have never seen double cream here.
Thank you!

Jennie, thank you for stopping by!

Christelle, thank you for stopping by!

Helene, very different - I'm biased because I'm a sucker for custard... :D
Thank you!

Joey, thank you, my dear!

Scarletta, thank you! I'm so glad you like these!

Dina said...

oh these are right up my alley. the frosting sounds great. i love double cream and creamy things are my favorite!

Abby said...

I agree; the frosting is beautiful! Nice to see raspberries paired with something other than chocolate, too.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a great cupcake flavor! Those are divine looking and sounding.



Patricia Scarpin said...

Thank you, ladies!

Abby, I could not agree with you more - these berries are delicious in so many ways!

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