Vanilla Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream

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    1hr 0mins
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based on 10 ratings

Classic not-too-sweet vanilla cupcakes with blackberry buttercream frosting. The buttercream is naturally a beautiful purple color and gives the cupcakes a sweet and tangy finish!

recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    120g (about 1 cup)
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
    10g (about 2 tsp)
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    175g (about ¾ cup)
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    100g (about ½ cup)
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    1 tsp (5ml)
  • Egg icon
    2 (100g)
  • Blackberries icon
    65g (about ½ cup)
  • Powdered sugar icon
    Powdered sugar
    175g (about 1½ cups)
  • Blackberries icon
    as needed


  • kCook icon Stand mixer
  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Cooling rack
  • kCook icon Blender
  • kCook icon Muffin pan - 12-hole
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 170°C
  2. Line a clean muffin pan
  3. Add all purpose flour and baking powder to a clean medium bowl
  4. Whisk briefly and set aside
  5. Add unsalted butter and granulated sugar to a clean large mixing bowl
  6. Cream
  7. Add vanilla extract to the batter
  8. Mix in egg to the batter one by one
  9. Transfer dry ingredients to batter
  10. Mix until well combined
  11. Spoon batter into muffin pan
  12. Bake until skewer tests clean - 18 min, 170°C
  13. Transfer onto cooling rack until completely cool
  14. Add blackberries to a clean small bowl
  15. Purée
  16. Strain with sieve and set aside
  17. Add unsalted butter and powdered sugar to a clean large mixing bowl
  18. Mix until well combined
  19. Transfer fruit to frosting
  20. Mix briefly until combined
  21. Spread frosting with cupcakes
  22. Garnish with blackberries
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