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zackaboo
06-17-2010, 07:50 PM
Has anyone made any of the cupcake recipes from this edition of EW? I just tried the Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes today and thought that they were really good. They came out very moist and I would definitely make them again. I am also intrigued by the Blueberry Cupcakes which have mashed potatoes in the batter. Here is the recipe for the raspberry ones...


* Exported from MasterCook *

Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes

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Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Cupcakes

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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Cupcakes:
2 cups raspberries -- fresh or frozen (thawed and drained), plus 12 resh berries for garnish (about 12 oz total)
3/4 cup plus 1 T sugar -- divided
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest -- freshly grated
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk

Frosting:
8 ounces neufchatel cheese
1 cup confectioners sugar -- packed
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest -- freshly grated

To prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with paper liners; coat the liners with cooking spray.

Puree 2 cups raspberries and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to extract all the puree; discard seeds. Reserve 4 teaspoons of the puree for the frosting.

Whisk whole-wheat flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat 3/4 cup granulated sugar and oil in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in eggs, vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon zest until well combined. With the mixer on low, alternately mix in the dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting and ending with dry ingredients and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined.

Fill the prepared cups half full of batter. Place a scant tablespoon of raspberry puree on each cup (you may have some left over). Divide the remaining batter evenly among the cups. Use a wooden skewer or toothpick to swirl and fold the puree into the batter.

Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 24 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

To prepare frosting: Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and the reserved 4 teaspoons raspberry puree with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate the frosting until very cold, at least 2 hours. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and decorate with a raspberry on top, if desired.


Source:
"EatingWell: May/June 2010"
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NOTES : These raspberry-lemon cupcakes are topped with an easy cream cheese frosting tinted pink with a little raspberry puree. For those unaccustomed to the mildly nutty flavor of whole-wheat flour (used in these cupcakes), the flavor of the raspberry puree swirled into the lemony cake makes the wheat flavor undetectable.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the frosting (Step 7) for up to 3 days. Store cooled cupcakes airtight at room temperature for up to 1 day.