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Weekly Winner #47

23 Jul

Oh.  My.  Gosh.  Only one more week to go.  I can’t believe it.  But, it looks like we are going out with a bang!  Check out this weeks cupcakes:

Best Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo-Cupcake

Blackberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Blackberry-Lemonade-Cupcake

Peaches Melba Cupcakes

Peaches-Melba-Cupcake

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Cotton-Candy-Cupcake

Lemoncino Raspberry Cupcakes

Lemoncino-Raspberry-Cupcake

Reese’s Cupcakes

Reeses-Cupcake

Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry-Cupcake

Vanilla Very Berry Cupcakes

Vanilla-Berry-Cupcake halved

And, with 20 points, the winner is…

Reeses-Cupcake

The Reese’s Cupcakes from Cooking Classy.  Check out that yummy day here.  And check back on July 31st to see how it does in the Monthly Competition.

Day 357 – Vanilla Very Berry Cupcakes

23 Jul

For the last cupcake of this week, I wanted to do something light and fruity.  And these Vanilla Very Berry Cupcakes (recipe below from Lady Behind the Curtain) offered all of that.  Light vanilla cupcakes mixed with not just one, but 3 berries: raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are squishy, but very chewy and sticky. They feel denser while eating them than they do in my hand. They have a sweet vanilla flavor with little bites of berry mixed in.

Berry-filling

The filling is thick and jelly-like. It tastes a little like a homemade fruit roll-up. A definite sweet berry mixture.

Vanilla-Frosting

The frosting is smooth and creamy. It has a very sweet vanilla flavor. A “typical” vanilla buttercream. Very light though.

Vanilla-Berry-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Berry-Cupcake

I am very thankful that the frosting is as sweet as it is when I take a bite of the whole cupcake. The berries add a very strong tartness to the cupcake and the frosting cuts through that nicely. I lose the cupcake a little, but I do get vanilla and berry as the main themes. So, I guess it doesn’t really matter where they come from.

Vanilla-Berry-Cupcake halved

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 18

Vanilla-Berry-top

RECIPE

Vanilla Very Berry Cupcakes (recipe from Lady Behind the Curtain)

Berry Cupcakes:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • milk (if needed to loosen the frosting)

For directions visit Lady Behind the Curtain.

*Tomorrow: Snickers Cupcakes*

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