Homemade Blackberry Cream Cupcakes | recipe

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Blackberry cream cupcake recipe from NellieBellie; these are absolutely fabulous and light and fluffy!

There are cupcakes. And then, there are CUPCAKES. These are the latter. Blackberry Cream. They belong in the list of fabulous cupcakes. The cupcakes with capital letters. That you bring out for bad days, when you want to impress someone, anniversaries, and just because. My list of these kinds of cupcakes is quite long. And these Blackberry Cream Cupcakes are most definitely on that list. And Nate’s, for sure. Actually, I could probably give him one of these and tell him I scratched his car and he wouldn’t even hear, he loves them that much. You might want to include them in your list as well. Or give them a try and see.Blackberry cream cupcake recipe from NellieBellie; these are absolutely fabulous and light and fluffy!

Do you cook much with blackberries? I don’t. I find them to be sour and a bit tricky to work with. I usually go for their sister berry…the raspberry. But, not in sweets. No sirree. In sweets, the blackberry shows off and flaunts his stuff. They are a great compliment to sweet cakes and frostings. Mr. Blackberry can hang out in my kitchen any ol’ time he wants, I’ll treat him right…we’ll have a long and passionate relationship.

The trick to these cupcakes is vodka. Smirnoff to be exact. If  you aren’t into using alcohol in your food you could get away without using it. But, the texture might not be as light and fresh. And, the blackberries might not break down perfectly. But, they will still be good. Promise.Blackberry cream cupcake recipe from NellieBellie; these are absolutely fabulous and light and fluffy!

Blackberry Cream Cupcakes.

Vanilla Cake:

white cake mix prepared according to instructions except substitute Smirnoff for the water, use 3 whole eggs instead of 3 egg whites, and add 1 tsp vanilla.

Blackberry filling:

10 oz frozen blackberries
1/4 cup Smirnoff
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup cream

In small saucepan stir together blackberries, Smirnoff, and sugar. Bring to boil.
Boil gently for 10 minutes or until blackberries are soft and reduced. If necessary, add vodka to keep a bit of liquid in the pan.
In container mix together flour and cream.
Whisk cream/flour mixture into blackberries.
Boil gently for 2-3 minutes.

Butter frosting:

1/2 cup butter
7 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla

Beat butter.
Add 2-3 cups of the sugar. Beat again.
Add remaining sugar, milk, and vanilla.
Beat until creamy.

To assemble:

With a spoon, remove the center of the cupcake (about a quarter in size or so).
Fill with cooled blackberry filling.
Frost with frosting.
Add some delicious sprinkles. (you can either get them at most stores or order them online here.)

Other cupcakes that are on my must have list…

Coconut Lime Cupcakes
Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes
Coca-Cola Cupcakes
Almond Joy Cupcakes
Ice Cream Cupcakes
Red Hot Firecracker Cupcakes
Margarita Cupcakes

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Tania

    May 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    1 tab flour? I’m assuming that’s tablespoon? I’m really wanting to try these!

    • the Bellie

      May 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks for catching that Tania, it is a tablespoon. At some point…Nellie learned tab as the shorthand. Don’t know when that happened!

  2. rhiannon {paperclips and peonies}

    January 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    this is one good looking cupcake. totally adding to my to-bake list!

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