These blackberry lime cupcakes are the epitome of fresh flavor. Fresh blackberries are folded into a moist vanilla lime cupcake and topped with a lime buttercream frosting and blackberry sauce drizzle.
So I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but where I am it is insanely hot. According to The Weather Channel it feels like it is 109 outside with humidity, but I swear it is hotter than that. Just sitting down, I can feel pools of sweat begin to form. Even my teeth are sweating!! You see, we have no central air in our house. It is beyond broke (it's the original system from like, the 70's) and they need to update the whole system around the house and the estimate we got was about $25,000! So... yeah, that ain't getting fixed anytime soon. We've been surviving with window units in the bedrooms, and fans on the windows downstairs, which suffices most days, but not lately. The only thing pulling me through is knowing that soon I will be in Seattle which gets London hot which I can tolerate without an a/c.
For some reason though, I am still crazy enough to turn on both the oven and the stove. I don't know what's wrong with me. I must really love you. And also, these cupcakes are freaking delicious and worth suffering through the heat for a little while. I had these kiwi key lime mojito popsicles to help cool me down while I was baking, so it wasn't too bad.
Firstly, let's talk about these blackberry lime cupcakes. They are light and fluffy and incredibly moist - I used my favorite vanilla cupcake base to make this so you know it will turn out right every time. I added lime zest, then swirled in some homemade quick blackberry jam (or compote or whatever you want to call it) and swirled it in. Just look at how beautiful those swirls look when it is baked? You almost don't want to cover it with frosting. Except.... the frosting is so creamy and has a wonderfully balanced lime flavor. I used a quick and easy buttercream because why spend more time making something more complicated in this heat. This means faster nomming time and that is always a good thing. The cupcakes are them topped with a bit of thinned out blackberry jam.
Go make yourself these blackberry lime cupcakes now!
Cause these cupcakes are what happiness and summertime are all about.
Blackberry Lime Cupcakes with Lime Frosting
For blackberry jam
- 1 ⅓ cups blackberries
- ½ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- zest of a chilled lime
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- ½ cup buttermilk room temperature
For Lime Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- zest of one chilled lime
Make the Jam
- Mix the blackberries and sugar together in a small saucepan and heat on medium-high until the berries break down and the juiced become thick and syrupy. Set aside to cool.
Make the Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the zest and extract and the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each egg and beating for one additional minute after the last egg.
- Alternate between adding the flour and the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour. Mic until just combined.
- Evenly distribute the batter among the cupcake liners. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the blackberry jam over the cupcake batter and swirl in using a skewer or knife.
- Bake for about 17 - 20 minutes, or until a light golden brown and the tops spring back when gently pressed upon. Take out the oven and allow to cool completely.
Make the Frosting.
- Beat the butter until smooth and cream. Beat in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mic in the remaining ingredients and beat well.
- Fit a piping bag with a large open star tip and fill with the frosting. Frost each cupcake, Stir in the water into the remaining jam and then drizzle the jam over the frosting. Serve. Cupcakes make last up to five days at room temperature in an airtight container.