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Blackberry Cupcakes

It was a beautiful afternoon today so instead of tackling the basket of ironing that had been looking at me, instead I strapped Abbie & Harry into their buggy, gathered up Caoimhe & Jack and went blackberry picking.
They all thoroughly enjoyed the hour out in the fresh air, Caoimhe & Jack of course competing to find the biggest blackberry 🙂
Blackberries, the jewels in our hedgerows

 We picked loads, so the next question was, what to make with them.

Cupcakes, everyone loves cupcakes!

Ingredients

Basic Cupcake Mixture

125g Softened Butter
125g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extractec4d8-011
125g Self Raising Flour
2 tablespoons Milk

Apple & Blackberry Compote

2 Apples, chopped small
300g Blackberries
1 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon Cornflour

Blackberry Buttercream

100g Blackberry Puree
100g Softened Butter
200g Icing Sugar

Method

Prepare the Apple & Blackberry compote first by simply placing all of the ingredients into a saucepan, cover and simmer for 15-20 0dcc5-004minutes, then set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 190C, line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.
To make the cupcakes, beat the butter & sugar together until pale & fluffy, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, add in the vanilla, beat again to incorporate.

Add the flour, making sure it is well mixed and then mix in the milk.

Add a teaspoon of the mix to each muffin case, then add a teaspoon of the compote, and top each one with the remaining cupcake mix.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, then cool on a wire rack. 92d67-006

Whilst the cupcakes are cooling, prepare your butter cream frosting.

To make the blackberry puree, blend 100g blackberries with a hand blender, then push though a sieve to remove the seeds, alternatively, and what I have done here is blend 100g of the fruit compote and removed the seeds.

Beat the puree, butter and icing sugar together until you have a lovely butter cream.

Spread or pipe the butter cream over your cooled cupcakes, top each one with a blackberry and put the kettle on.
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