Jacob and Julianna love the flavor blue raspberry. Whether we are buying suckers, ice cream cones, or slushies, this flavor tops their request lists. And really, what's not to love? It's sweet, fun, and vibrant-just like my kids' personalities. Blue raspberry takes me back to my childhood, too. It reminds me of visits to candy shops and ice cream parlors. These fruity and vibrant blue raspberry cupcakes are full of nostalgic memories, as well as good old fashioned flavor!
Cupcakes: 1 box white cake mix or our recipe for vanilla cupcakes; 2 tablespoons raspberry extract; 5-7 drops blue food coloring
American buttercream frosting: 3 cups powdered sugar; 1/4 cup whipping cream; 1/2 stick butter; 1/2 cup shortening 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 tablespoon raspberry extract; 3-5 drops blue food coloring; 3-5 drops pink food coloring; 1 bag of blue suckers (optional)
Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcakes according to directions on box. Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin and fill each 2/3 full with batter. Add 5-7 drops of blue food coloring, until desired color is achieved. (Note: If using our vanilla recipe, you may need to add several drops more than if using a white boxed cake, since vanilla has a "yellow" base. Food coloring lightens as it bakes, so make sure batter is deep blue before baking or you may end up with light blue or even green cupcakes.) Add raspberry extract. (Note: reduce to 2 teaspoons if using raspberry oil). Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cupcake comes out clean. Makes 24 cupcakes.
American buttercream frosting: Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and shortening. Add vanilla and raspberry extract. Gradually add powdered sugar. Mix for 5 minutes or until smooth. Place half of frosting into a bowl. Add 3-5 drops of pink food coloring until desired color is achieved. Stir. Add 3-5 drops of blue food coloring, into the remaining frosting, until desired color is achieved. Stir. Place pink frosting on one side of a piping bad and the blue frosting on the other side. Make sure the two colors do not mix. When cupcakes are cooled, pipe frosting onto center of each cupcake. If desired, top with a blue raspberry sucker.