Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

I made these cupcakes for my little cousin who turned a big whooooooping 19 a few weeks ago. I think. She’s either 19 or 20.  But I’m putting my money on the former. Wait, she could have possibly turned 18…

I’ve lost count. T’is what happens when you surpass your mid twenties and head towards the ‘pushing 30’ end. You begin to forget your maths, sense of time, and even your literary skills – in fact the spell check on this is telling me that “T’is'” is not a real word, but I beg to differ! It’s clearly an amalgamation of ‘This’ and ‘Is’ which is how the Gen-I ‘ers are all talking nowadays, ain’t it?

I should probably add an exponential increase in temperament to the list as well.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

Either way, Little Cousin turning 18-19-20ish has got me reminiscing back to my heydays of when I thought reaching 21 was ‘old’ and that my freedom of life was going to end by say the age 25. Young BubblyBaker, you had a lot to learn. You still have a lot to learn.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream



Anyway, I decided to make a quick list of all the things I wish I had of known believed when I was 19.

– The first week of Uni is always redundant. Skip it and go to the beach instead! (To all my little cousins reading this, um, action at your own risk!!! No, I kid. Maybe ignore this point).
– Pick up a beater. Don’t be scared. The Kitchen is not a foreign place.
– Be more consistent with study habits. Less cramming, more organising. (Although I know that even if I tattooed this onto my 19 year old self, it would have had no effect whatsoever).
– Work less. Embrace the expected poor University student status and be a bum!
– Have faith in Harry Potter movies. They will get better.
– Spend as much time doing nothing with your friends. There’s going to come a point in your lives when commitments and life takes over, and there won’t be moments where you and your friends can drive to the local maccas to get yourself a soft serve cone at 3am in the morning.
and finally
– The Oprah Show is going to end! Watch as many episodes as you can!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry ButtercreamSo Little Cousin, Happy 19th or 20th Birthday 🙂 (I decided with what little logic I have left in my aging brain that you can’t be turning 18)

I hope you enjoyed your belated birthday cupcakes.  And Study Hard!!! 🙂 🙂

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

I used my usual go to recipe for the Vanilla Cupcakes. Without fail they always turn out fluffy and light, and they also keep quite well too.

Then as requested by Birthday Girl, I teamed it up with some raspberry buttercream which I made by adding some frozen raspberries to a standard buttercream mixture. I also made some marshmallow fondant roses which I stuck onto the cupcakes – I’ll include a  more descriptive post re: fondant in the future, but for now:

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

Very generously frosts 12 cupcakes

170 grams of butter softened
2 1/2 cups to 3 cups of icing sugar (depending on how well you drain the raspberries)
1/3 cup of raspberries (if frozen, defrost and drain as best as you can)
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

– Beat the butter until smooth
– Add 2 cups of sifted icing sugar
– Beat to combine
– Add in vanilla essence and raspberries
– Beat until combined. If too watery to pipe, add in more icing sugar until the desired consistency is achieved.

Enjoy 🙂



  1. OMG, the cupcakes looks so heavenly! =D

  2. Your cupcakes look lovely and the frosting is picture perfect! Happy belated birthday to your cousin 🙂

  3. You can add “great photographer” to your credentials as well

  4. Ooh the raspberry buttercream looks lovely, I’ve never succeeded in doing it with actual raspberries! Usually I am lazy and just mix together butter and a heap of jam 🙂

    • haha I’m usually like that too! Although this time I wanted a bit more of a tang. It’s really just as easy as using jam though – just use defrosted berries instead 🙂 (I did find though that being the impatient person I am, I hadn’t drained the berries enough so it made my buttercream a little more runny than usual, so be warned 🙂 )

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