Blackberry lime cupcakes are homemade vanilla bean cupcakes that are stuffed with fresh blackberries and topped with a light and fluffy lime whipped cream frosting.
I’m officially wigging out over how quickly this summer is flying by. Living in northeastern Wisconsin means trudging through an average winter that lasts 6-7 months. The first measurable accumulation of snow is typically the week after Halloween and by mid-April, the last of the black encrusted ice/snow piles are finally melting.
The non-winter loving bunch residents (like me!) long for the dog days of summer, so when those days speed by before we’ve had ample opportunity to delight in them, I throw in the red penalty flag on Father Time. Slow down, you old man! I haven’t even made it to Door County to go cherry picking yet and you’re already teaming up with the farmers to push all of my favorite summer berries off of the store shelves. Seriously?! How rude!
Since I have such a short span of time to hop on the berry train, I decided to pick up some fresh blackberries on my last shopping trip. I don’t eat them very often, mainly because I prefer smaller, poppable fruits like blueberries and raspberries, but the flavor of fresh blackberries convinced me to grab a couple of pints and get a two-bite fruit fix.
I had a couple of limes waiting to be used and really like the combination of tart limes with sweet berries, so I knew these two fruits needed to make an appearance together to make these blackberry lime cupcakes. I used my standard recipe for vanilla bean cupcakes because they’re incredibly moist and have the structure to support a heavier fruit like blackberries.
If you’re not in the mood to make cupcakes from scratch, a boxed yellow or white cake mix will work with this recipe, too.
BAKER’S TIP: If you add half of a small box of instant pudding and 1 teaspoon of flavored extract (I typically use vanilla, lemon, or almond) to your boxed cake mix batter, it’ll give your cupcakes additional moisture and a nice punch of flavor.
The whipped cream frosting is something that you won’t want to take shortcuts with. This is the fluffiest, creamiest frosting I’ve ever eaten, and because it doesn’t have loads of butter and confectioner’s sugar in it, it’s light, flavorful, and not overly sweet.
The addition of some cream cheese gives the stability to make it the perfect cupcake frosting as far as I’m concerned. The fact that it’s incredibly easy to make scores extra points.
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