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Berry Bomb Cupcakes

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These delicious cupcakes are topped with a dome of raspberry cream and a touch of black raspberry jam- a perfectly pink Valentine’s Day treat!

I love berries over vanilla cake- it reminds me of summer and makes me smile. I got a little creative with the presentation, but I think that makes them just perfect as a Valentine– don’t you?

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These are incredibly delicious and fun to make. They use a fun (and inexpensive) silicone mold that I got here and have used before on my Peanut Butter Bomb Brownies. I just love how beautiful the dome of white chocolate looks atop these cupcakes! There are so many possibilities for fillings….!

Want to know how we made these cute little desserts? Here you go: (Printable recipe)


  • One boxed white cake mix (with water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 1 large jar of black raspberry preserves
  • 1 can of strawberry frosting
  • 2 packets of Dream Whip
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon of raspberry extract
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Pink food color gel (to desired shade)
  • 2 bags of Wiltons candy melts in bright white.


  • Make cake mix according to package and divide into 24-28 cupcake liners placed in a muffin tin. Fill only about 1/2 full so that they bake up flat and not mounded up and over edges. Bake according to package.
  • Make Berry Bomb filling by combining Dream Whip, milk, extract, and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and blending together with mixer until stiff peaks form. Add coloring to desired shade of pink.
  • Melt Wiltons candy melts and use a brush to “paint” the melts into the inside of the silicone mold. Do two layers and then freeze until hard (5 minutes).
  • Place filling into a large zip-top bag and clip a corner. Pipe filling into hardened cups- about 3/4 full- and then top with a little jam. 
  • Use a knife to spread jam flat and freeze another 5-10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove berry bombs from mold and place, round side down and sticky jam side up, on a wax-papered plate. Keep these cool until all bombs are made.

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  • Open strawberry frosting and warm in the microwave for about 15 seconds- just until it softens a bit when stirred,
  • Spoon frosting over tops of cupcakes, allowing it to spread to edges.
  • Gently set a bomb on top of cupcake, pressing it into the soft frosting (I used wax paper to touch chocolate to prevent fingerprints)
  • Allow frosting to firm up and hold the bomb in place.
  • Drizzle with a little red or pink melted candy melts if desired. Keep refrigerated until serving.
  • Enjoy!!!!!!!

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My thoughts: These are a fun and refreshing twist on a berry-topped cupcake. The bombs take a little time to make- since you have to to do them in batches of 6. I recommend you start making them when you start the cupcakes. You can be in and out of the freezer while you are baking and save a little time. My other thought- serve these with a fork!!! When you bite into them and that white candy shell breaks it is too much to hold onto. I promise. Use forks 🙂  I hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as I did!!  ~r

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Other Valentines Day treats to try (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Chocolate covered Strawberry cupcakes1Frog Oreos!!Strawberry layer cakeCake balls filled with cream cheese frosting



Black Raspberry Cream Cupcakes

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These chocolate cupcakes have a creamy black raspberry filling and are topped with the BEST buttercream frosting I’ve ever tried.  Ever.

When my recipes get pinned on Pinterest and I want to be entertained, I go and read the comments on them.  My favorite are the ones about how incredibly unhealthy my recipes are.  One person figured out how many carbs there were in my Salted Caramel Cookie Cups and was APPALLED.  (If you aren’t counting carbs I really think you’ll like them though!)  We are not dedicated to healthy dining here….not even pretending.

My other favorite comments are from the people who are horrified that I use cake mixes instead of baking things from scratch.  I love cake mixes- LOVE them (EASY baked- right?!?).  We recently had a local bakery that went on Cupcake Wars and (of course!) we had to try some of their cupcakes.  They made a chocolate blackberry cupcake that was beautiful- but dry….all I could think was– this would have been SO much better if it had been a cake mix–and then I had an idea……

A few weeks ago I made a gender reveal cupcake using Betty Crockers new “Fun da-middle” cupcake mix and I wondered if a dab of black raspberry jam in the middle would work (and not leak out).  I decided to experiment and I loved the results.

Frosting…..I also had a recent comment here from someone who “loathes” American buttercream frosting. I’ve never “loathed” ANY frosting, but I wondered about a good buttercream recipe for these cupcakes.  I called my friend Megan over at Happily Ever After Cakes since she sells cupcakes for special events and she gave me her favorite recipe.  She got it from a friend in England and had to convert the measurements.  It is the BEST frosting I have ever had- incredibly smooth and creamy.

Ready to make these?  Here we go:



    • Make cupcakes according to package.
    • Distribute white cream filling according to package
    • Place 1/3c. black raspberry jam in a zip top bag.  Clip a corner and pipe about 1 t. over cream filling in each cup.
    • Finish distributing batter over the top, according to package.
    • Bake according to package.
    • Cool completely.
    • Place both sticks of (room temp!!!) butter in a mixing bowl with the powdered sugar, and flavoring.
    • Beat on high until creamy, smooth and thick.
    • Add coloring until desired frosting shade is reached.
    • Clip the corner of a zip top bag and insert a piping tip (or use a piping bag if you want).  Fill bag with frosting and pipe over cupcakes (Megan recommended this video on You Tube for piping techniques).
    • Place a washed and DRY Blackberry on the top of each cupcake and sprinkle with edible glitter. (The glitter didn’t show up well in my pictures but it adds SO much to the finished product– I loved it!)
    • Store in a cool dry place- mine were just as good three days after I made them as they were on day one!   ENJOY!!!

My thoughts:  Every once in awhile I hit a recipe that I like more than any of the others.  This is one of those recipes.  It is easy (but looks complicated) and MOST importantly, it is soooo yummy.  I’m not kidding you about the frosting.  It is AMAZING.  Many thanks to Megan and Happily Ever After Cakes for sharing the recipe with me!!!!   Enjoy!  r-

Ok– I’m adding a note to this post because I just tried the yellow/white filling Fun-da-Middle mix with Raspberry jam, and the yellow/chocolate filling mix too.  I made them for a birthday party and just couldn’t resist adding a couple of pictures here for you– this is my new go-to cupcake recipe, I just love them!

Red Raspberry Cream Cupcake

Happy Birthday Megan!!!!!

(I love this Wilton’s cupcake display — it holds 23 cupcakes, which is perfect for 2 dozen– it leaves one cupcake without a place so you don’t feel guilty eating it up (which is exactly what I just did!)

A note on the new advertising:  I was invited to try WordPress’ new ad program- WordAds this week.  I signed up with reservations as I am more committed to getting recipes into your hands without annoying pop-ups and distracting ads (honestly, I leave sites that have too much of this).  I am trying it for a few months though (baking ingredients are expensive!).  If you are distracted by it or find anything about it offensive (we don’t get to choose the ads)- please let me know.  I’m hoping this works out well for all of us- but if it doesn’t I will opt out.  Thanks!! -r

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