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Now that fall is approaching, I’m pretty much in the mood for baking again. Last weekend I started out with something small and simple, yet very delicious. And for me that’s known as butter cupcake! So I got the recipe ready and was planning to go buy the ingredients to bake some nice same old always-satisfying-butter-cake.

However, after a short visit to a farmers market on Saturday, I couldn’t help spotting some of the fresh and colorful berries, which are still available among those peaches and plums.

While I am starting to crave cakes and baked goodies, I am not yet ready to say good bye to summer, which is my favorite time of the year. So…no need to say, as long as the berries survive, I am eating them!

 

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Now you can see how the pure butter cupcake I originally had in mind appears to have berries in it, or around it to be more precise. :P  

I think it’s kinda nice blend for the summer-to-fall transition, when your body needs a bit more energy but you’re also in the mood for fresh juicy fruits. In fact I am always in the mood for fresh juicy fruits but berries are one of my favorites. To be honest, I think I could eat them every single day for the whole year if it was possible.

I use whole-grain flour for this recipe because you know it’s nutritious and FYI it doesn’t affect the taste of the cake at all! Anyway, if cake with whole-grain texture is for you a no go, normal flour is ok too.

I hope you have fun baking and let’s enjoy beautiful summer while it still lasts!

 

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Mini Butter Cake with Berries
Serves 8
late-summer dessert: Let's eat berries while they still last!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. ---BUTTER CAKE---
  2. 125 g butter at room temperature
  3. 100 g whole-grain flour
  4. 70 g sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  7. pinch of salt
  8. 2 tablespoons milk
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean
  10. ---TOPPINGS---
  11. any types of fresh berries
  12. honey
  13. chopped pistachio
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (360 °F)
  2. Using electric handmixer or cake mixer to beat together butter and sugar until smooth and well-combined
  3. Add one egg to the mixture, beat until well-combined, then add another egg and beat again
  4. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and ground vanilla bean together using a spatula
  5. Add 1/3 of the dry mixture into the wet mixture and beat together using electric mixer until smooth
  6. Repeat the previous step for the second and the third parts of the dry mixture
  7. Add milk and mix altogether until the cake batter is smooth
  8. Put a paper muffin cup in each spot of a muffin tray (make 8 cups)
  9. Fill 2/3 of each cup with cake batter and put the tray in the preheated oven for 15 min
  10. Test if it's cooked through (when the toothpick came out clean) and remove the tray from the oven
  11. Let it cool on a wire rack before removing the paper cup, while keeping the cupcake in shape
  12. To serve, cut out the dome part of the cupcake and put it upside down on a plate
  13. Drop honey on top followed by some chopped pistachio
  14. Arrange some fresh berries around the cupcake nicely (any ways you like)
Notes
  1. Vanilla extract can be used instead of ground vanilla bean. Just make sure to put it as the last ingredient in the cake batter and not directly in the dry mixture.
  2. Make sure you keep the dome parts of the cupcakes for later or eat them right away!
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