Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes

  • Active Time 40m
  • Total Time 3h

12 cupcakes

These raspberry-lemon cupcakes are topped with an easy cream cheese frosting tinted pink with a little raspberry puree. For those unaccustomed to the mildly nutty flavor of whole-wheat flour (used in these cupcakes), the flavor of the raspberry puree swirled into the lemony cake makes the wheat flavor undetectable.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the frosting (Step 7) for up to 3 days. Store cooled cupcakes airtight at room temperature for up to 1 day. | Equipment: Muffin tin with twelve 1/2-cup cups, paper liners

ingredients

  • For Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups raspberries, fresh or frounceen (thawed and drained), plus 12 fresh berries for garnish (about 12 ounces total)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)
  • For Frosting:
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel), at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • Ingredient Note: Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.
  • Tip: No buttermilk? You can make “sour milk” as a substitute: mix 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar to 1/2 cup nonfat milk.

directions

To prepare the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line twelve 1/2-cup muffin cups with paper liners; coat the liners with cooking spray.

Puree 2 cups raspberries and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to extract all the puree; discard the seeds. Reserve 4 teaspoons of the puree for the frosting.

Whisk the whole-wheat flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat 3/4 cup granulated sugar and oil in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and lemon zest until well combined. With the mixer on low, alternately mix in the dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined.

Fill the prepared cups half full of batter. Place a scant tablespoon of raspberry puree on each cup (you may have some left over). Divide the remaining batter evenly among the cups. Use a wooden skewer or toothpick to swirl and fold the puree into the batter.

Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 24 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

To prepare the frosting: Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest and the reserved 4 teaspoons raspberry puree with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate the frosting until very cold, at least 2 hours. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and decorate with a raspberry on top, if desired.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 11354

nutrition information per serving

272 calories; 10g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 49mg cholesterol; 486mg sodium; 41g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 5g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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