Monday, 21 October 2013

Booberry and Slime Cupcakes

blueberry and lime cupcakes


These cupcakes were born from an idea I had last Halloween, for Booberry and White Shockolate Cookies. I liked the whole playing with words thing and decided to stick with the Booberry (blueberry) but mix it with Slime (lime). These flavours would go well together in a cupcake I thought.

I based the mix on a simple vanilla cupcake recipe from BBC Food and added fresh blueberries and the zest and juice of one lime (plus some green food colouring).The cupcakes were rather delicious on their own, but to give the full garish effect I added some vanilla buttercream, dyed purple, to match the busted berries in the cakes.

I found some googly eyes on picks to add to the cupcakes. I think the group of them together look like a wee gang of aliens (what is the name for a group of aliens?).



Of course, if you just wanted simple blueberry and lime cupcakes, don’t add the food colouring and you have a much less spooky treat!

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:
110 grams unsalted butter, softened
110 grams caster sugar
2 eggs
110 grams self-raising flour
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of one lime
Green food colouring (optional)
Adapted from BBC Food

Buttercream Ingredients:
100 grams unsalted butter, softened
200 grams icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Purple food colouring (optional)

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180C and pop 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.

In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until the mixture has thickened slightly. Add the lime juice and zest and mix through. Fold in the flour, mixing just until combined (add some food colouring to get a ghastly gree colour if you so wish). Lastly add the blueberries and fold them through evenly.



Place into the oven for 12-15 minutes, until they have just turned a little brown on top, or when a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of each cake. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool fully on a wire rack.



When cooled, peel off the cupcake liners. Make the buttercream by beating together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add some purple food colouring if you wish.



Pipe the frosting on top of the cakes and you have booberry and slime cupcakes.




The lime and blueberry really work well together and the vanilla buttercream is a nice compliment to the zingy lime. Enjoy!

I'm also entering these into our very own baking challenge 'Treat Petite' hosted (this month) by me, and Kat over at The Baking Explorer. This month's theme is Halloween.


I'm also entering the cupcakes into 'Calendar Cakes', hosted by Laura at Laura Loves Cakes and this month Rachel at Dollybakes, whose theme is 'Wicked'. I think 'Boo'berry and 'S'lime sound pretty wicked don't you?!

5 comments:

  1. I love the sound of those flavours. The scary colours are perfect for the time of year.

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  2. These are so awesome! I love the colours and despite the name I bet they taste very good!

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    1. The lime and blueberries are very complimentary Kat.

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  3. Another stunning recipe Stuart (I expect nothing less from you though!) The colours are so vibrant and so much fun for Halloween! I know this would be a huge hit with the kids in my family!

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