Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing – Happy Birthday, Biscuits & Savvy!

Celebrate Biscuits & Savvy’s Birthday by making this decadent Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing. It will give you a reason to celebrate everyday!

It’s Biscuits & Savvy’s Birthday!! That’s right, the website, aka my “baby,” is O-N-E and I cannot believe it!  A couple of years ago this was all a dream, and April of last year, I made it a reality. I wasn’t quite sure what I was embarking on, but all I knew is I wanted to share my love of cooking with everyone, near and far.

After a year, I realize I do not regret my decision to take a leap of faith one bit. I also realize keeping up a blog is a full time job in and of itself. Kudos to those, like myself, who work full time, whether that means you’re a SAHM or actually out in the world working, and keep a blog going. Kudos to those who blog full time – I envy you, I think!

Fresh Blackberries Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing

Nothing like the start of berry season coinciding with Biscuits & Savvy’s birthday. Although blackberry’s are considered summer season fruits, you can find them year round. This time, I found them right next to the strawberries and they were ON SALE!! The blackberries must have known I was going to be making this Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing for Biscuits & Savvy’s birthday! Probably not, but I will tell myself that! 🙂

Dry ingriedients for Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing

When baking anything chocolate, adding espresso powder is the key to a good concentrated chocolate flavor. It works together with the cocoa powder to create an extra layer of indulgent goodness. There are many brands out there, but my go to espresso powder is Café Bustelo. It did not disappoint in these Chocolate Blackberry Cupcakes with Blackberry Icing. In the picture above, the espresso powder is to the right. It’s so dark, you can see why and how it adds an extra layer of flavor.

Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing in the Baking Pan with No Icing

The Chocolate Blackberry cupcakes waited patiently to be iced, not like they had a choice, but as you can see in the picture below, someone, I’ll give you three guesses as to who, could not wait to fork into one. If you guessed me, you’re right! You probably thought it was the Food Monster.

But hey, it’s Biscuits & Savvy’s birthday, I can do that!

Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing with a fork

The addition of the blackberries to the Blackberry Buttercream not only gave it a nice fruity flavor, but turned it a beautiful  hue of pink.

This Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing will prove to be moist, rich and one that will be a go to when it’s time to celebrate!! Now, that we got that out of the way, let’s sing Happy Birthday to Biscuits & Savvy…ONE, TWO, THREE…

“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday, Biscuits & Savvy,

Happy Birthday to you!”

Thanks for celebrating with Biscuit’s & Savvy!!

Here’s to more recipes, food, fun and Food Monster stories!!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing

Servings: 12

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 15-18 Minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake:

  • 10 oz Fresh Blackberries
  • Half Lemon, juice
  • 1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar, divided
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Espresso Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Blackberry Buttercream:

  • 1/3 Cup Blackberry Juice
  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Milk

Directions

  1. Rinse blackberries. In a medium sauce pan, combine the blackberries, 1/4 Cup of sugar and lemon juice. Cook covered on medium until the berries pop and they’re swimming in their juice.

  2. Remove berries from stove and strain with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Pour juice back in sauce pan and set aside. The juice will be used for the Blackberry Buttercream Icing. The whole cooked blackberries will be used in the chocolate cake batter.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda and salt.

  5. Add the oil, milk and vanilla and stir until smooth.

  6. Fold in the whole cooked blackberries. Pour the mixture into each liner until it is 3/4 of the way full. Place pan in the oven and bake for 15 -18 minutes.

  7. Remove pan from the oven and poke one or two cupcakes with a toothpick to make sure they’re done. If it comes out clean, allow the cupcakes to remain out of the oven to cool. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the icing.

  8. In another bowl, mix butter and blackberry juice together until smooth. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition.

  9. Add milk and vanilla and stir until blended. If the icing is too thick, add more milk 1 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached. Pipe (or spread) icing onto cooled cupcakes and serve with a smile.

 

Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing and a candle

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Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing
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A decadent Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing that will make any day a celebration! Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
    Servings Prep Time
    12 20 Minutes
    Cook Time
    15-18 Minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    12 20 Minutes
    Cook Time
    15-18 Minutes
    Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing
    Print Recipe
    A decadent Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing that will make any day a celebration! Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
      Servings Prep Time
      12 20 Minutes
      Cook Time
      15-18 Minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      12 20 Minutes
      Cook Time
      15-18 Minutes
      Ingredients
      Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake
      Blackberry Buttercream
      Servings:
      Instructions
      1. Rinse blackberries. In a medium sauce pan, combine the blackberries, 1/4 Cup of sugar and lemon juice. Cook covered on medium until the berries pop and they're swimming in their juice.
      2. Remove berries from stove and strain with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Pour juice back in sauce pan and set aside. The juice will be used for the Blackberry Buttercream Icing. The whole cooked blackberries will be used in the chocolate cake batter.
      3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
      4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda and salt.
      5. Add the oil, milk and vanilla and stir until smooth.
      6. Fold in the whole cooked blackberries. Pour the mixture into each liner until it is 3/4 of the way full. Place pan in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes.
      7. Remove pan from the oven and poke one or two cupcakes with a toothpick to make sure they're done. If it comes out clean, allow the cupcakes to remain out of the oven to cool. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the icing.
      8. In another bowl, mix butter and blackberry juice together until smooth. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition.
      9. Add milk and vanilla and stir until blended. If the icing is too thick, add more milk 1 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached. Pipe (or spread) icing onto cooled cupcakes and serve with a smile.
      Recipe Notes

      © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy

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      36 comments on “Chocolate Blackberry Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream Icing – Happy Birthday, Biscuits & Savvy!

      1. Oh, these sound so tasty. I love the flavor combo of blackberries and chocolate.

      2. We actually have blackberry vines in our backyard, so in the summer we have more blackberries than we know what to do with. This looks like the perfect way to use them all up!

      3. Perfect way to celebrate happy occasion 😊 I like way u use fresh fruit for cake and juice for icing

      4. Happy Birthday! These cupcakes look like the best way to celebrate! Yum!

      5. Happy Happy Blog Birthday 🙂 And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with chocolate and blackberries.

      6. Happy Blog Birthday – such a nice way to celebrate. Love the combination of blackberries and chocolate. Looks delish

      7. Yay, happy happy birthday! I just bought coffee flour the other day not knowing what to do with it, maybe I’ll try a bit instead of the espresso powder!

      8. Congratulations!! And yes, it is work but one that I love doing! Your cupcakes look and sound amazing. I, also, like adding espresso powder to chocolate. It tastes so much better! Let’s hear it for many more years!!

      9. Happy blog-birthday! What a great way to celebrate. Blackberries are so gorgeous right now!

      10. Oh wow you are talking my language here. I love all the berries and in cupcakes that is just perfection =)

      11. I love chocolate. Buttercream icing is generally not my go to but I must admit that the blackberry buttercream you made looks good.

      12. Happy blogaversary, Biscuits and Savvy! Love blackberries. These cupcakes look incredible!

      13. I love the tip about adding espresso powder to intensify the chocolate flavor. And combining blackberries with chocolate…now that’s a new one for me. I hear about chocolate raspberry … I think I have a new favorite!

      14. Wishing Biscuits and Savvy and very Happy Birthday! That is a great combination of blackberries with chocolate. I have never used blackberries in baking. I must try it out sometime. The color of the cupcake and the frosting is gorgeous.

      15. Wow cupcakes look pretty with that beautiful pink icing!! A Very Happy Birthday to your blog, wishing you many more to come!!
        Splendid way to celebrate!!

      16. I love this recipe!! The combination of chocolate and blackberry are so rich and the buttercream frosting is the perfect balance to those flavors… beautiful pics too 🙂

      17. Not only is that a beautiful cupcake, but it sounds pretty great tasting too. I think it’s really great how you carried through the blackberry theme in both the cake and the icing.

      18. Happy Bloggy Birthday 🙂 and the blackberry cupcake looks truly awesome! I love berries and often bake with them, but I’ve not used blackberry much. I’m totally loving the color of the blackberry icing and would try these soon.

        • Dene' V. Alexander

          May 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm Reply

          Thank you, Molly!! Blackberries always make sure pretty colors!! I just bought 12 oz of blackberries – the creativity will be flowing this weekend!!

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