Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cupcakes with dried blueberry slices and blackcurrant powder


(for my basic vanilla cupcake recipe)
120 g butter
3 eggs
130 g sugar
A few drops of pure vanilla essence
200 g self-rising flour
60 ml milk

 And then optional:
Fresh As Blackcurrant powder
Fresh As Dried blueberries slices

Makes 12 cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 175°C. Line a 12-muffin tray with cupcakes paper cups.Melt the butter in a jug, either in the microwave or in the oven (while the oven is warming up for the cupcakes). Place the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk, using an electric beater, until the mixture looks light and pale yellow in colour. Slowly add the melted butter and the vanilla essence.

 Keep beating at a low speed now; add half of the flour followed by half of the milk. Add the rest of the flour and milk and keep beating making sure that there are no lumps. Divide the mixture into three and 'colour' on part with some blackcurrant powder (to make really purple!). Fill some cupcakes paper cups with the vanilla batter and blackcurrant batter to make two colour cupcakes, and simply add the blueberry slices to the remaining batter for blueberry cupcakes. You can also sprinkle a few berry slices on the top. 

Bake for about 18-20 minutes, until golden brown at the top. You can also check by inserting a toothpick into the cupcakes: if it comes out clean the cupcakes are ready. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and let them cool down. The blackcurrant cupcakes will look a bit "chocolatey" from the outside, but once you open them the purple colour will surprise you! No frosting needed!!

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. che meraviglia! mi piace tantissimo l'utilizzo della blackcurrant powder... buona giornata alessandra ^^

  2. mi piace molto l'idea della polvere di ribes nero, non ne conoscevo l'esistenza, deve conferire un saporino delizioso a questi cupcake.
    ho già l'acquolina

  3. che meraviglia!!!!! qui accendere il forno non è proprio possibile, oggi si segnano 36° con il 90% di umidità......
    un bacione :)

  4. Blackcurrant powder, mai sentita sai? chissà che gusto ha...

  5. E' il ribes nero seccato e poi polverizzato. Ha un sapore di ribes molto intenso, e un bellissimo colore :-)

  6. I have never heard of black current powder...sounds interesting. Now I am hungry for cupcakes....our blackberries will be ripe very soon.

  7. I must join the group that has never heard of black currant powder, though I must say your cupcakes look scrumptious. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary.

    1. Maybe they should start exporting it! (and all the other fruit powders too)

  8. More amazing cupcakes from you, Alessandra. I keep meaning to try the Fresh As powders and freeze-dried fruits, but haven't done so yet - thanks for the reminder.

  9. fantastici cupcakes come sempre! una ricetta da provare. Me li gusto virtualmente intanto. A rileggerci presto♥

  10. So pretty and so creative! I love the idea of using dried blueberries - I haven't seen blueberry powder but will be on the look out. Really lovely :)
    Mary x

  11. che carini Alessandra!Buon we laggiù al fresco, qui ci si scioglie, sigh....

  12. Alessandra questi cupcakes sono un vero capolavoro!! Me li mangio con gli occhi e le foto sono stupende! Bravissima :-) Un bacione!

  13. Io non voglio lamentarmi del caldo, valà!!....che poi nel lunghissimo inverno lo qualcuno di questi dolcini me li mangerei anche caldi e sotto il sole!

  14. I also have not heard of black currant powder! The cakes look delicious. Take care Diane

  15. They are so dainty and delicious Alessandra! I must look into these powders too :)

  16. Lovely cupcakes! Have not seen blackcurrant powder before, interesting!



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