Berry Icing for Chocolate Cupcakes

My friend requested something with berries and chocolate for her son’s birthday, so I started thinking about the ways I could incorporate berries into cupcakes. Strawberries cooked in? Mix berries in the icing? Core the cakes and drop a fresh, raw strawberry in?

Ready to make some icing?

Then I was reading about a well-received frosting for a strawberry birthday cake that was made with fruit preserves to get around the problem of introducing too much liquid when using fresh berries. I was planning to use strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, so when I saw a jar of no-sugar-added berry preserves at Le Pain Quotidien that included all of the above, I snatched it up.

In my research, I came upon recipes with anywhere from one teaspoon (right…) to half a cup of preserves per batch of icing. I started with my basic buttercream with a little cream cheese–I had about 3-4 oz. leftover from something else–and added preserves a tablespoon at a time.

I kept going until it tasted just right.

Most of the jar ended up going in, and I added some extra powdered sugar to get the right consistency. Once it was a nice flavor and color, it was ready to meet its cupcakes!

I had baked a batch of chocolate cupcakes, half mini and half regular size. I tackled the small ones first, using a basic round tip to pipe a good dollop of icing onto the cakes.

I finished them with berries, 2-3 raspberries and/or blueberries on each and some with one big, juicy blackberry. The large cupcakes got several berries or one large strawberry.

I took them off to a two-year-old’s birthday party, where they were met with high acclaim. They were quite pretty and tasty, if I do say so myself!

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5 thoughts on “Berry Icing for Chocolate Cupcakes

    1. I think it is the sour cream in these chocolate cupcakes that really gives them that extra something (or maybe just plain moisture)! They are good but not too rich. Hidden under a chocolate and peanut butter recipe but great with any kind of icing…

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