Friday, March 30, 2012

Candy Cupcakes Part IV - Raspberry M&M Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Buttercream



And today is the last installment of my week with Candy Cupcakes!  I'll be glad to focus on Easter Treats next week because - is it okay to admit this? - I'm a bit sick of candy.  Yeah, I said it.   ;)  Reflecting on this past week  I realized I  used some form of M&M's in most of the cupcakes I made.  Thinking about it I concluded  it was because I'd never tried Mint, Raspberry, or M&M Minis before.  And now I know how awesome  M&M Minis are...less candy crunch to get to the chocolate taste.  Yay!  And as far as mini candies go, these are the cutest out there!

So, the cupcakes.  I sampled a Raspberry M&M and found the berry taste was pretty powerful.  I didn't want to make something that was overpoweringly Raspberry, losing the chocolate flavor.  After thinking about it I settled on two different types of chocolate cupcakes.


Chocolate Raspberry M&M crunch cupcake with fresh raspberry buttercream:

  

For these cupcakes, I added a bit of raspberry extract to the chocolate cake batter I mixed up.  Next, I crushed up Raspberry M&M's (I used a potato masher, rolling while pressing down on the M&M's.  It was actually not difficult!) and added them to the batter, mixing until fully incorporated.  I baked the cupcakes as directed.  When they cooled completely, I topped them with awesomely delicious Fresh Raspberry Buttercream, piping them with a 1M Wilton Tip in a classic swirl:

Raspberry Vanilla Buttercream Icing


2 sticks of butter (I did use salted)
4 cups of confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon raspberry extract
1/2 cup of fresh raspberries
3-5 tablespoons half and half

Using a mixer, beat butter until it is fluffy.  Add 3 cups of sugar - one cup at a time - mixing until it's completely incorporated.  Add vanilla, raspberry extract, fresh raspberries (rinsed and THOROUGHLY dried) and half and half along with the last cup of sugar and mix together, adding more half and half until the icing is the desired consistency.

I really liked the crunch in the cake, and, did I mention this buttercream is AWESOMELY AMAZING?!!  No?  Well, it is!  The first time I made this icing it turned out perfectly.  This time, however, if you look closely, you can see the swirl shape didn't hold up too well.  That's because I didn't completely dry the raspberries and it made the icing a bit watery.  I didn't want to add more sugar because I didn't want it to become too sweet, so I left it as is, learned my lesson! Now for cupcake number 2:

Chocolate Cupcakes with smashed Raspberry M&M topping iced with raspberry buttercream and Melba sauce:

These were my favorite of the two.  First, I baked the chocolate cupcakes as directed, with no M&M's added.  While they were still hot out of the oven, I topped them with some crushed M&M's:


When they were completely cooled, I topped them with the same icing as above, but I did not add the fresh raspberries.  I piped the white raspberry icing with the same Wilton #1M tip in a classic swirl.  Next, I poured Raspberry Melba sauce into a squeeze bottle using a small funnel:


After I filled the bottle, I took the cupcakes out of their wrappers since adding the sauce would be messy.  (This is one cupcake I would serve with a fork and no wrapper.)  I squeezed the sauce on top of the icing in a criss cross pattern.  I think they looked great and they were SSOOO good!  As with the previous cupcake there was a nice, unexpected crunch of the M&M's and lots of great raspberry flavor.  Chocolate and raspberry together are heaven!  I will definitely make these again for dessert in the near future.

That's the end of my Candy Cupcake Series.  In two weeks I'm going to do a series of cupcakes based on favorite non-alcoholic drinks.  Next week will be carrots, bunnies, chicks and colorful eggs!  Have a great weekend.  :)


9 comments:

  1. Yum! These cupcakes sound amazing and your pictures are really stunning! I'd love to give this recipe a try.

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  2. Hi, Nicola! Thanks so much. :) I hope you enjoy them. I love raspberry and chocolate together!! Thanks for stopping by, please visit again soon!

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  3. Oh boy! Don't forget to come and link these up to Foodie Friday These look dynamite!

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  5. These cupcakes look DIVINE
    I must pin-it

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  7. Those look killer - I had no clue they had raspberry m&ms!!!

    Stopping by from Mix It Up Monday - pinned to share

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  8. Cake decorating and dessert decorating in general are not my best talents. However, you have quite a skill for that!! Wow! I also love the composition of your photos that so nicely captures your artwork. :-) I love it so much that I have chosen your blog to receive the Liebster Award! Congrats and keep the great posts coming! You can read more about it here: http://www.artistic31mama.com/2012/04/liebster-blog-award.html

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