Vanilla Cupcakes with Berry Compote Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

Every cupcake makes you a day younger…right?


I don’t know about cupcakes making you younger but cupcakes with a berry filling are definitely a healthy option. Trust me.  Oh and cream cheese.  Cream cheese frosting is a healthy dose of calcium.  Good for the bones.  Fruit and calcium sounds to me like a very well balanced meal.


One of my cats seemed to fall for this healthy logic because it appears that he licked one of these bad boys bald.

ImageOk, who is the guilty one?

I started off by making the berry compote with blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.  To my surprise, I had a frozen bag of those exact berries.  Coincidence, I think not.  This compote can be made with any berries of your liking…or any berries you happen to have frozen in your freezer.


I mixed three cups of the berry mixture and 1/2 cup sugar in a small pot over medium high heat.


Continue stirring until the sugar has melted and the mixture begins to boil.

IMG_1835 Once boiling, bring down the heat and allow mixture to cool.  I put mine in the fridge for about ten minutes.

While the mixture is cooling, prepare your cupcakes.  I chose to make regular vanilla cupcakes.  You can choose any recipe you like.  Heck you could even make chocolate cupcakes.  Once I cooled my standard batch of vanilla cupcakes, I scooped out tiny dents from the top of the cupcakes.



Once the cupcakes and the berry compote have cooled, carefully scoop the mixture into the center of the cupcakes.

IMG_1844Now unless you are a professional cupcake decorator which I am obviously not, it will get a little bit messy.  The berry compote might bleed into the rest of the cupcake (see messiness below) but nobody will notice once you frost them.


But look how pretty…

IMG_1847I know cream cheese frosting recipes can be highly competitive but I simply used 8oz of cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar.  Now would have been a fabulous moment for me to document this process but I appeared to have had a momentary lapse in judgement.  Essentially you throw those ingredients into a bowl and mix them up. VOILA frosting.   Delicious frosting might I add…



1 batch cupcakes

Berry Compote

1 cup blackberries

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8oz package of cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

1 stick of unsalted butter 

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