Last week, Mr. RH was fairly insistent that the only cupcakes worth eating were lemon-raspberry cupcakes. Apparently MY favorite, white on white cupcakes, are not delicious enough. Clearly he's mentally ill.
Anyways, it stuck in my head long enough that I knew I had to at least give them a try. But I was scared, because stuffing a raspberry inside of a cupcake seems like quite the task.
So, I googled around and found no satisfactory recipes... so I decided to wing it.
I baked a box of white cupcakes, easy peasy.
Then came the task of making the raspberry "sauce" for the inside of the cupcake. I saw several variations of this stuffing, but they all seemed a little weird.
Basically, I heated the raspberries and maybe 3 tablespoons of white sugar on the stove. My raspberries were pretty fresh so they didn't want to mush up.... so I used a potato masher on them. Problem solved.
Eventually, they bubbled up and got all gooey and perfect. I added a little bit (less than a teaspoon) of cornstarch to a little water and threw that into the mix to ensure it wouldn't be too runny and ruin my cupcakes.
Next up was cutting a little reservoir in the center of the cupcakes. I used my smallest paring knife and just dug a little cone out of each cupcake. I realized halfway through that I was digging too deep and started to make them shallower. You want to make sure your filling has some cupcake to soak into without breaking open.
I had seen several people fill their cupcakes using a pastry bag, but I really thought that would leave too much raspberry goo in each cupcake. Plus, I didn't know if my raspberry mix was thin enough for even a hefty pastry bag.
Enter... my oldest and cheapest teaspoon. I just scooped a little bit into the spoon and pushed it into the cupcake. I also tried to push the raspberry up around the edge of my little reservoir, again so it wouldn't soak through the bottom of the cake.
After this step, I deserved the wine. As I told (whined to) Mr. RH, this stuffed cupcake business is hard! And by hard I mean slightly more labor intensive than a regular cupcake. I just wanted to put my feet up and watch Real Housewives, is that so much to ask?!
I have to say, it was worth the wait. And the wine.
Happy Wine Wednesday! What are YOU drinking?