Vanilla Raspberry "Surprise" Cupcakes with Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
The stars have aligned. Instead of pulling out yet another bill or a credit card application from the mailbox, I pulled out a a "150 Best Cupcake Recipes" cookbook by Julie Hasson
. Plus, it happened to be my grandfather's birthday this week. To celebrate, I decided to bake him a batch of cupcakes, and save a few to share. Picking out a flavor was challenging, the book literally has 150 recipes ranging from plain to gourmet. The book is organized by section (chocolate, fruit, nuts, adults only, kids' corner, spice it up, new twists, vegan, and frostings, glazes and fillings) and also has decorating tips and techniques.
Paging through the book, I stopped on one of the color photos for a Raspberry Vanilla Cupcake. Scanning through the recipe, I decided to make a few adjustments and use a variation of the book's Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. A quick trip to the store and I was ready to bake Vanilla Raspberry "Surprise" Cupcakes with Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.
You can use your favorite jam to substitute for raspberry. If you do choose to follow the recipe, I suggest to use a seedless raspberry jam. Feel free to garnish the cupcakes with fresh raspberries, especially if you are baking these in the summer.