Calling all berry lovers!!! These Triple Berry Cupcakes are moist, fluffy, and bursting with fresh fruit in every bite. These Mixed Berry Cupcakes are a great Summer recipe!
Berry Cupcake Recipe
First things first: Happy Friday! And to those of you who celebrate: Happy Easter Weekend!
Any special plans for you? We’re packing up the car this afternoon and heading to Philly for some quality family time. It’s going to be 85 degrees and sunny (!!!), so I’m looking forward to soaking up some sun, playing with the twins, and eating my weight in carrot cake. Can it be Easter weekend every weekend?!? Pleeeeease.
Before I go, I wanted to pop in and share these stunning cupcakes with you. Triple berry cupcakes!!! AKA the cupcake recipe you’ll be making all Summer long.
They’re super moist, spiked with a hearty splash of vanilla, and loaded with a medley of fresh berries! In addition to all of that, they’re topped with colorful swirls of berry buttercream!
So fresh, fruity, and fabulous ♥
Very Berry Cupcake Recipe
Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:
- Because we want the moistest cupcakes possible, this recipe calls for cake flour. Cake flour is extra finely ground and gives the cupcakes their silky soft texture. In most grocery stores, you’ll probably find cake flour in the baking aisle. You can also buy it online here.
- You must toss the berries in flour before adding them to the batter. This dusting of flour helps keep the berries afloat during the baking process, and ensure you won’t slice into a cake full of sunken berries.
- Feel free to use fresh or frozen berries for this recipe. If you use frozen, don’t thaw them first.
- To make the the colorful berry frosting you’ll need to first make a berry puree. You’ll begin with one cup of berries (a 1/3 cup of each variety) and cook them down until the mixture has reduced to about a 1/2 cup.
- A fine-mesh strainer is required for this recipe! You’ll place the strainer over a small bowl and push the berry puree though. You’re only going to use the liquid in the bowl. You should have between a 1/4 cup and 1/3 cup of liquid in your bowl. Discard any skins/seeds left in the strainer.
- Make sure your berry puree is completely cool before adding it to the buttercream. If the puree is even a little warm it will throw off the consistency, leaving you with a grainy mess. The puree typically takes 30 minutes to cool (in the fridge), and can be made ahead of time.
- To reach the proper buttercream consistency, you’ll want to make sure your butter is very soft before beginning. I suggest setting your two sticks of butter out on the counter for at least an hour before unwrapping them and getting busy. You’ll know your butter is soft enough when you can press your finger into the top and an indentation is effortlessly made. Cold butter as well as melted butter should never be used when making this buttercream; it will not work.
- Once all of the confectioners’ sugar has been added to the frosting, be sure to beat it on medium-high for the FULL 2 minutes. Beating the frosting on high makes it SUPER luscious and fluffy. You will need to use a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer for this step.
- If the frosting appears too thin, simply add a little more confectioners’ sugar, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached; if your frosting appears too thick, add a touch of milk.
- I pipped the frosting on using this closed star tip.
- While I love decorating these cupcakes with fresh berries, it’s not required. However if you are going to decorate them, I suggest using the tiniest berries you can find. They look cuter and don’t weigh down the frosting as much. Farmers markets typically have better options for this than grocery stores.
Today’s recipe definitely takes the crown as ‘fruitiest cupcake EVER’! And I also think they take the crown for prettiest cupcake ever. Don’t you agree?! ↓
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If you try this recipe for Triple Berry Cupcakes, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your creations makes my day ♥
Triple Berry Cupcakes
For the Triple Berry Cupcakes:
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, very soft
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup full-fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3 and 1/4 cups PLUS 2 tablespoons cake flour, divided
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup fresh blueberries
- 2/3 cup fresh blackberries (if you have any huge blackberries, cut them in half)
- 2/3 cup fresh raspberries
For the Triple Berry Frosting:
- 1/3 cup fresh blueberries (frozen will also work; do not thaw first)
- 1/3 cup fresh raspberries (frozen will also work; do not thaw first)
- 1/3 cup fresh blackberries (frozen will also work; do not thaw first)
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, VERY soft
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 and 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (more only if needed), sifted
- Fresh berries, for decorating (optional)
For the Triple Berry Cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line 2 cupcake tins with paper liners; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter, vanilla, and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed, beat in the sour cream, then the milk. Turn mixer off. Add in 3 and 1/4 cups of the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a fork to lightly toss the dry ingredients together. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the batter, mixing just until combined. Be sure not to over mix here or you cupcakes will be dense! In a separate bowl combine the berries and the remaining flour; toss to coat, being sure all of the berries have been dusted in the flour. Add the berries to the batter and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold them into the batter, stirring just until combined.
- Spoon batter into prepared cupcake tin (filling 1/2 way each - not more or they'll overflow) and bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes 10 minutes in the pan, then carefully transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
For the Triple Berry Frosting:
- Combine the berries and lime juice in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, stir the mixture occasionally, breaking up the berries with a wooden spoon, until they've become soft enough to mash effortlessly. It should look like thick berry jam. Once the mixture can coat a spoon (you should have 1/4 cup of berry puree) remove from heat. Allow mixture to cool completely before using. <--- That part is SUPER important! You can place the puree in the fridge to speed this process up.
When ready to make buttercream:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, beat the butter on medium-speed (scraping down the sides as needed) until completely smooth; about 2 minutes. Add in the confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, on low speed. Once all of the sugar has been added, add in the berry puree and beat until completely combined; about 1 minute. Add in the salt. Once all of the ingredients have been added, increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat frosting for a full 2 minutes - this thickens up the frosting and makes it nice and fluffy. If the frosting appears too thin, you may add a little more confectioners' sugar; if the frosting appears too thick, you may add a teaspoon or two of milk. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired and top with fresh berries, if using.