I’m having so much fun planning all of my Valentine’s Day treats and desserts. I don’t know if I’ve told you this, but pink is my favorite color. Valentine’s Day has a lot of pink and red and hearts. And sprinkles that are red and pink with hearts! Yes, I’m definitely a girly girl. What better way to show your Valentine that you love them by making these Raspberry Cupcakes with Italian Meringue Buttercream? I mean they’re exploding with pink and red and sprinkles!
Let’s talk about taste. This cupcake is bursting with raspberry flavors. It has pureed raspberries in the batter and you can taste it in every bite. The cupcake is a soft and moist cake that melts in your mouth. I chose to adorn these beauties with some Italian Meringue Buttercream. THIS buttercream guys! IMBC kinda reminds me of whipped cream. The consistency is the same, but there’s a little more of a buttery taste. SINFUL. Just SINFUL.
I actually brought these cupcakes on a picnic this past weekend. If you know me, then you are saying…YOU went on a PICNIC?? Yeah, yeah yeah. I know. I know. I’m not exactly an outdoorsy person but I’m trying to be better about that. We live in Florida. I should go outside right? The thing is, I’m always baking, taking pictures and writing blog posts on the weekends when I’m not working. Not to mention laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning. WHO gets it all done? Not me.
So anyhoo, I told my family we were going on a picnic, we were going to eat food, kick a ball and throw some horseshoes darn it! And they were going to like it. We did like it.
We actually had a cold front here in Florida and it was in the 50’s. That’s pretty cold for us. As you can see, we were all bundled up. It was really beautiful in the sun and we were all pretty comfortable. The only time I took my phone out was to take pictures. There were no tablets allowed either. Gotta get away from that addicting social media once in a while. We kicked the soccer ball around and laughed ALOT. The top left picture is my husband and my 9-year-old. Going counterclockwise under that is my daughter, my nephew and my two sons. Next to that is my mom and me. Above that is our soccer game. It was a great day!
I’m not sure how I found the time to make these cupcakes, but I did it. It’s all about
running around like a mad woman balance. If you’ve never made Italian Meringue Buttercream before, it’s very different from making your regular buttercream with butter/shortening and powdered sugar. Don’t be scared. I will HELP you. See pictures below and follow the instructions and you should be golden!
You will need 2 cups (4 sticks) of unsalted butter. Let the butter soften on the counter. You start out with 1 cup of regular granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. You will need a candy thermometer for this part. You’re going to boil the sugar and water on medium to medium-high heat until the temp reaches 245 degrees F on the candy thermometer. The second picture from the left is what that will look like.
While your sugar is boiling, you will beat 5 egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer with your wire whisk attachment until soft peaks form. The third picture from the left is what that looks like. Then you will sprinkle your 1/4 cup sugar and blend. With your mixer on high, your will slowly pour the sugar into the egg whites. Beat on high until the bottom of the bowl is room temperature. You can feel this with your hand. It will take about 7-10 minutes. The fourth picture from the left is what the mixture will look like.
When your mixture is room temperature, you will add your butter one tablespoon at a time with the mixer still running on high speed. The buttercream will deflate when you add the butter, but soon you will have a smooth and spreadable buttercream like the picture all the way to the right. Beat your vanilla into the buttercream. I chose to use a Wilton 16-inch featherweight piping bag with the 1M size star tip to frost my cupcakes. You can frost them however you feel comfortable though.
The flavor of these raspberry cupcakes with the Italian Meringue Buttercream is like eating raspberries and cream. It really is a special treat!
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