Framboise Cupcakes with French Vanilla Buttercream
These light and fluffy cupcakes are flavored with framboise, a raspberry liqueur, and topped with a vanilla French buttercream.
There are times when I want a dark chocolate peanut butter cupcake, and there are times when I want a more delicate flavor, like these Framboise cupcakes. The flavor here is actually more aromatic than something you really taste.
If you don’t know what Framboise is, it’s a raspberry liqueur. I’m not a big drinker, but I have always been a big fan of cooking and baking with alcohol, and Framboise is one of my favorites! It smells so fruity and gives the cake a really feminine quality I love.
For the cupcake batter, I have used the same one for years, which is this White Velvet Cupcake recipe adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum, but I replace some of the milk with the raspberry liqueur. Mmm!
It starts with your normal dry ingredients (though it uses cake flour instead of all-purpose):
Then you combine the wet with the dry:
And add in your egg whites and framboise to make it batter-like in thickness:
It should be pretty smooth:
Then you portion the cupcake batter into liners:
While the cupcakes cool, combine water and sugar in a saucepan and get it cooking:
Meanwhile, whisk a bunch of egg yolks with sugar until frothy and thick, like this:
While you have the mixer running, dribble in cooked sugar syrup (238 degrees F) into the egg yolks, and whip for several minutes until the mixture is cool.
Add vanilla, then gradually mix in butter until you have a smooth buttercream:
Then it’s time to pipe the frosting on the cupcakes:
Garnish with a fresh raspberry, and enjoy!
In the comments below: What is your absolute favorite cupcake flavor? Mine is…strawberry!
Framboise Cupcakes with French Vanilla Buttercream
For the Cupcakes:
- 3 extra large egg whites at room temperature
- 3 tbsp framboise liqueur
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 7 oz cake flour sifted (if you don't have a scale, sift your flour into 2 cups, and level it off)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2.25 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 7 tbsp milk skim
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
For the Frosting:
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup butter (salted or unsalted) cut into cubes
- To make the cupcakes: Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites, framboise, and the vanilla until combined.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt on low for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the milk and mix on low until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 90 seconds, until nice and smooth. Scrape down the bowl, and make sure to scrape down below where sticky batter may settle.
- With the mixer on medium-low speed, slowly add half the egg framboise mixture, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and bottom wells of the bowl. Repeat with the other half of the egg mixture. Scrape the bowl again to make sure all the batter is homogenous. Fill a cupcake pan with paper liners, and fill them up 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan set on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes and let them cool on the rack completely.
- For the buttercream: In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks on high speed for 8 minutes until they are very pale. In the meantime, combine the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, and let the sugar syrup simmer toward the soft ball stage (238 degrees on an instant read thermometer). When both the egg yolks and the sugar syrup are ready, pour the sugar syrup into the mixing bowl (the mixer should still be on high speed), aiming as best as you can to pour between the wire whisk and the side of the bowl. Now, touch the bottom of the bowl. Very hot, right? Beat the egg yolk sugar mixture until the bowl feels neither hot nor cold (about 5 minutes).
- Turn the mixer down to medium and add the vanilla extract. Add the butter, a couple cubes at a time to the bowl, over the course of 10 minutes. Wait until each installment of butter is absorbed until you add the next batch. Pipe or spread your buttercream on your cupcakes, and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
15 Comments on “Framboise Cupcakes with French Vanilla Buttercream”
Hi I read that you don’t use confectionary sugar in your cupcakes,
Is this the buttercream recipe that you use for you standard butterceram, the one with the egg yolks?
These sound delicious! Two questions… can you color frosting pink? And is this frosting conducive to decorating (like piping flowers, leaves, etc.), or too soft?
Yes you definitely dye the frosting. My guess on piping such detailed things is that it’s not ideal.
Hi! I was wondering if I could replace the cake flour with all purpose? I live in Germany and there’s no cake flour here!
The frosting looks so creamy! So fancy!
These cupcakes look so light and fluffy and beautiful! Is it ok to leave out the liqueur?
Yes, but you should replace the liquid. Replacing with milk would work!
These look just beautiful, I love that they’re both elegant and simple! The flavor combination sounds just heavenly.
Gorgeous cupcakes and I love the Framboise flavor!
I have to bake these soon! So gorgeous!
Love the idea of these cupcakes, but I dont have any of that tasty liquor on hand. Perhaps after my next splurgy shopping trip…
I love everything about these cupcakes! So gorgeous!
Thanks Amanda =)
These are beautiful and seem very much like “grown-up” cupcakes. And I love framboise! Can’t wait to try them!
Thank you Liz!