Sometimes, bakers get stuck in a rut. We keep making the same old vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Tasty combination, but at a certain point, you need some variety. I recently made a TON of chocolate cupcakes, and I knew that one batch of frosting would not be enough. So, my initial thought was caramel frosting. (I already did a blog on how to make the cupcakes, filling, and frosting) From there I didn’t know what other things to do. So, I asked my hungry 19 year-old brother; his suggestion- raspberry.
Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting, sounds yummy to me! But how can this combination be obtained without being too sour, or too sweet? I think I found the perfect recipe.
2 cups raspberries (frozen or fresh)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1-2 tablespoons water
12 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
2&1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
~1-3 tablespoons of milk
Begin by placing the raspberries, granulated sugar, and water in a pot on the stove. Turn the stove onto medium heat and let the berry mixture cook down until thickened, around 15 minutes. Stir/smash the berries while they are cooking. Once the mixture is thickened, strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Throw away the seeds that are left in the sieve. Let the thickened raspberry mixture cool.
Meanwhile prepare the base of the frosting by mixing the butter and vanilla in a stand mixer until creamy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and enough milk to make it spreadable, but still a thick frosting. Once that is finished, add around 1/2 cup of the raspberry sauce. (Add more or less depending on how strong of a flavor you would like)
Once the frosting is made, frost the cupcakes. Feel free to garnish them with mini chocolate chips, leftover raspberry sauce, or even a fresh raspberry.
But this post isn’t just about one type of frosting, it’s about many! So here are a few other unique frostings to look up recipes (or make up your own) and try.
Peanut Butter Frosting
Key Lime Frosting
Brown Sugar Frosting
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Irish Crème Frosting
Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
See, once you get going, the possibilities are endless! Plus, the creativity doesn’t just have to come from the frosting. Feel free to try out a unique sounding cake recipe. You’d be amazed at how easy some of the recipes are. So just be bold!