Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling

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Hi there, it's Emma. I was really excited to bake my sister's wedding cupcakes, so I decided to create an original recipe just for the occasion! Now anytime we make these cupcakes they will always remind us of Elsie and Jeremy's big day.

Here's the recipe...

This recipe will make 22-24 regular size cupcakes.

For the cake batter: 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup oil (I use vegetable or canola), 2 cups water, 2 teaspoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and salt). In a seperate bowl combine all wet ingredients (oil, water, vinegar and vanilla extract). Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined and no visible lumps are left in the batter.

Fill cupcake pan (with liners) 2/3 full. Bake at 350 F for 20-22 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

For the filling: 1 packaged softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup raspberry jam.

Mix cream cheese and jam together until combined, spoon filling into a pastry bag.

For the frosting: 1 1/2 cups softened butter, 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon raspberry extract.

With an electric mixer beat the butter until creamy. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Keep adding  bit more sugar at a time (beating in between) until you reach your desired sweetness. Then add in the extract, mix and spoon into a pastry bag fitted with whatever pastry tip you like (or none at all).

Using a sharp knife cut out small upside down cones from the center of the cupcakes. Fill this little hole with the raspberry/cream cheese filling. Pipe on frosting to cover the hole and the rest of the cupcake. Garnish with a real raspberry or a raspberry candy (we used candies).

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These are my favorite cupcakes of all time! Next week we'll share Emma's recipe for pink lemonade cupcakes. We had a fun little cupcake party last night. It was so nice to have a little bit of girl time and use my new kitchen aid mixer. Have a lovely weekend! Elsie 

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