Raspberry Dream Cupcakes for National Cupcake Day

 

We all know Cupcakes are a sweet and tasty treat, but what if you could use that sweet tooth for a good cause?

Right now you can ‘Bake a Difference’ through the second annual National Cupcake Day™, taking place February 24th, to benefit Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Societies across Canada.  

The initiative originally began by the RSPCA in Australia and began in parts of Canada last year. For 2014, new sponsors jumped in to help even more SPCAs all across Canada.  It’s a delicious way to show your support of animal welfare across the country and simple to participate. All proceeds raised go to support our animal friends. 

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How to Participate

 

  To become a National Cupcake Day Host, here’s what you can do:

  1. Register for FREE at www.nationalcupcakeday.ca
  2. You will receive a FREE Cupcake Host Welcome Package in the mail, which includes a poster, sticker, balloons and fundraising guide and recipes to get you started!
  3. Personalize your National Cupcake Day™ Online Bakery page and send it out to family and friends – here is my own Online Bakery.
  4. Encourage friends and family to support you by donating online. You can share on Facebook, Twitter and there is an email template to send out as well. 
  5. Plan your National Cupcake Day™ Party for home, work, school or wherever you think people would love to eat your cupcakes.
  6. Bake, decorate, eat and share delicious cupcakes to raise funds for Canada’s SPCA’s & Humane Societies!
  7. Collect and return funds to SPCA’s & Humane Societies in your community (visit www.nationalcupcakeday.ca for a list of who’s participating)

 

Since National Cupcake Day {for a good cause} can’t be without cupcakes, I made a treat which I like to call Raspberry Dream Cupcakes. These are heavenly in a little bundle, plus bright and cheery for Valentine’s Day or to help bring on the feeling of Spring.

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The cupcake itself is denser than the traditional, since it has white chocolate inside plus raspberries. The icing is a Raspberry Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting, so divine! Here is the recipe to make and share with your friends, one taste and they’ll gladly support the SPCA!

Raspberry Dream Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  1. ~ FOR THE CUPCAKES ~
  2. ▪ 2 cups frozen raspberries
  3. ▪ 2 bars of white chocolate (I used 2 bars of Ghirardelli (4 oz each)
  4. ▪ 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  5. ▪ 1/4 cup softened butter
  6. ▪ 1 cup sugar
  7. ▪ 2 large eggs
  8. ▪ 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  9. ▪ 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. ▪ 1/4 cup milk
  11. ~ FOR THE ICING ~
  12. ▪ 8 oz package of softened Cream Cheese
  13. ▪ 7 oz jar Marshmallow Cream
  14. ▪ 1/3 cup of Fresh Raspberries, chopped
Instructions
  1. ~ CUPCAKES ~
  2. Preheat the over to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with paper liners.
  3. In a pan over medium heat, cook the frozen raspberries until they are soft and start falling apart, stir often. Reduce the heat to low and add the chocolate in small pieces, stirring until melted. Add the lemon juice. Stir and set aside.
  4. With a stand mixer using the paddle attached, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time while continuing to mix.
  5. Add the raspberry and melted chocolate mixture and mix well. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour and baking powder, and mix for 2 minutes. Add the milk and mix until incorporated.
  6. Divide the batter among the prepared baking cups, I fill 3/4 of the way up or just a bit more than that {since this batter doesn't rise as much as other batters would}
  7. Bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes until done, yet do not over-bake as cupcakes will dry out.
  8. ~ ICING ~
  9. Blend cream cheese and marshmallow cream together until mixed, using a stand mizer or hand mixer. When smooth and creamy, carefully fold in raspberries.
  10. If your house or the icing is too warm and the icing starts to melt considerably, chill the icing for a couple of hours before icing the cupcakes. Don't frost warm cupcakes or the icing will melt considerably.
  11. Garnish with a fresh raspberry and enjoy!
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If chocolate cupcakes is more your thing, may I suggest this heavenly Cookies & Cream Cupcakes. Perhaps a batch of both would be great for your party, totally worth the baking time for such a good cause! 

Anna Olson, Celebrity Chef and host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson, is joining the party this year as a Cupcake Crusader. A long-time supporter of animals and the SPCA, Olson has created an original cupcake recipe for this year’s event. You could even try her Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting recipe – delish!  

Your cupcakes will help shelters across Canada give a surrendered cat or dog a new forever home, rescue a neglected or abused animal and give them a second chance at a new life and to find a forever home, and provide emergency surgery to injured animals.

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Of course you can always opt to just donate to the cause without baking. My Online Bakery is taking donations to support our local SPCA, a place where we have taken animals home with us in the past. These days we still visit often to cuddle the animals, the girls love spending some time with the cats and dogs. 

 In 2013 animal lovers across Canada raised over $400,000 to support their favourite societies with this initiative, so let’s make 2014 an even bigger one! 

 

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Comments

  1. susanne mccarthy says:

    Anna’s Banana Cupcakes with peanut butter cream cheese frosting!!

  2. nicolthepickle says:

    You cupcakes look amazing! So delicious.
    I would make a black forest cupcake.

  3. tanyab79 says:

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie

  4. Raspberry dream cupcakes…ok you had me at cream cheese icing!

  5. ivy pluchinsky says:

    The Raspberry Dream Cupcakes, I just think those would be so tasty.

  6. ginette4 says:

    I would make the Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

  7. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Those cupcakes look very good! I would make carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing!

  8. leanne says:

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie

  9. angela m says:

    I would make the Cookies & Cream Cupcakes.
    thanks

  10. jessica s says:

    red velvet cupcakes ! yum!

  11. Christina Ferguson says:

    I would make the Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes with WhiteChocolate Glaze…they sound heavenly. :)

  12. Viv Sluys says:

    I think I will make Chai Tea Latte cupcakes (recipe from FrugalMomEh.com ).

  13. Janice F says:

    I would definitely make those Raspberry Dream Cupcakes! Now, I just need to find some marshmallow cream…

  14. kristen visser says:

    cookies in cream cupcakes!! omg they sound so delicious

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