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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. 

Since National Cupcake Day {for a good cause} can’t be without cupcakes, I made a treat which I like to call Raspberry 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.

raspberry dream cupcakes

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

Raspberry Dream Cupcakes

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

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!

Ingredients

FOR THE CUPCAKES

  • ▪ 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • ▪ 2 bars of white chocolate, I used 2 bars of Ghirardelli (4 oz each
  • ▪ 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ▪ 1/4 cup softened butter
  • ▪ 1 cup sugar
  • ▪ 2 large eggs
  • ▪ 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • ▪ 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ▪ 1/4 cup milk

FOR THE ICING

  • ▪ 8 oz package of softened Cream Cheese
  • ▪ 7 oz jar Marshmallow Cream
  • ▪ 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 mixer 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!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 3gSugar: 38gProtein: 6g

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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.

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! 

 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post yet all opinions are my own.

 

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262 Comments

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

  2. I would make the Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes with WhiteChocolate Glaze…they sound heavenly. 🙂

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

  4. Your cookie and cream cupcakes look awesome! I’d make them (and I will later on today!)

  5. Banana cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting? That has like, fruit and protein so it’s healthy, right? 😉

  6. I am drowling (like a puppy) over the Raspberry Dream Cupcakes here. I would makes those and under pressure would share!

  7. My youngest granddaughter lives my Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins so I will probably bake those for her.

  8. I would have to make carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing – that is my husband’s favorite.

  9. Those Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting look insanely delicious. I will even pretend that they are healthy because they have bananas in them…. 😉

  10. What a cool prize pack this is! I had a wonderful rescue dog in my life. We shared an incredible 11 years together. I miss her everyday and am so grateful that we shared that time together. Humane Societies and SPCA’s provide such a critical service for neglected and abused animals. What a cool way to raise funds for them!

  11. I also need to say that I would make the Banana cupcakes with Peanut Butter cream cheese icing…..YUM!

  12. I would make Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting for National Cupcake Day. I love the vanilla and butter flavor combo!

  13. I actually made a cake on cupcake day! Chocolate with vanilla buttercream and chocolate chips!

  14. I like my fresh strawberry cupcakes but my daughter makes a killer peanut butter and chocolate cupcake..mmm

  15. I love carrot cake cupcakes and pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! Yum!!!

  16. It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day so I gotta go with the Red Velvet Cupcakes.

  17. I would make Anna’s Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting, although I have never met a cupcake I didn’t like 🙂

  18. I like the sounds of the banana cupcakes – maybe instead of the PB icing, I would go for a vanilla buttercream

  19. Raspberries and white chocolate just sound good…I am going to make cupcakes using your recipe! This is a wonderful way to fund a wonderful organization.

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  21. I’d make my favourite, chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter mousse filling topped with a thin layer of chocolate ganache and peanut butter icing

  22. I would make the Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting, they sound great!

  23. I would probably make the simplest lemon cupcake because I love lemon and have better luck with specialty icings that cupcakes themselves!!

  24. I’d try to make the Cookies & Cream Cupcakes – and as a fallback I’d make my own lemon and vanilla cupcakes.

  25. Going to try the Raspberry Dream cupcakes on the weekend! Raspberry is my favourite flavour!

  26. Cookies & Cream Cupcakes sound good to me, I’ve never made those so I’d try making them.

  27. I`d make Cookies and Creme, but of my own recipe batch, I`d make chocolate fudge and peanut butter icing cupcakes. Who can resist that combo?

  28. The Cookies & Cream cupcakes look beyond delicious, I for sure would make those! So totally drooling right now!

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  31. I think I’ll just stick to that delicious Raspberry cupcake. Although they all sound delicious I love Raspberries.

  32. Dogs can not have chocolate so I think I will avoid chocolate. Banana & Vanilla seem to be favorites around my house. Love cupcakes

  33. I would make the Cherry Coke Cupcakes that I saw on another blog! They just looked so tasty and I know my whole family would love them.

  34. I would make spiced pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese or butter cream frosting since i’m still very much in a fall/winter mood :). Your cupcake recipe sounds absolutely delicious though. Yummm!

  35. my daughter and I like to bake- we’s make our carrot cake muffin with cream cheese icing/topping

  36. These cupcakes look so yummy! I have saved the recipe and will try them out with my daughter next weekend, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

  37. Your cupcakes look really yummy. I have been trying to find a really good Red Velvet. I know my friend uses cayenne in hers but she is guarding the recipe with her life

  38. I would make vanilla cupcakes with mango buttercream and chocolate cupcakes with Oreo cookies and cream buttercream! Yum! Craving cupcakes in the worst way now….

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  40. Your raspberry cupcakes. I love raspberries and I think every cupcake should have a cream cheese frosting!

  41. I saw a recipe somehwere for red velvet and I guess I should get googling for it!

  42. Although these cupcakes really are appealing, I am a big fan of lemon so I normally choose a lemon-based cupcake.

  43. My DD loves to bake and she would choose vanilla with a buttercream frosting, Id choose carrot pineapple with creamchesse frosting

  44. I’d make red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing. There are a few recipes for this I’ve been eyeing for a while.

  45. I would make a crazy cake cupcake recipe which is an old fashioned chocolate cake recipe but would make an excellent cupcake!

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