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Firecracker Cupcakes

A classic vanilla cupcake, bursting with a slightly tart summer berry compote, and crowned with a halo of fluffy whipped cream cheese frosting.

Serves 16-18 cupcakes     adjust servings

Preparation 1 hour Cook Time 17 mins Total Time 1 hr 17 mins



    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Churn84 unsalted butter, melted
    • 3 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup buttermilk (or whole milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar)
    • Red & blue food coloring

    Berry Compote

    • 3 cups fresh berries (I used blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
    • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
    • 5 Tablespoons orange juice, divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch

    Whipped Cream Cheese Buttercream

    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Churn84 unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup cream cheese, cold
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
    • Sprinkles, edible stars, and flag decorations



      1. Prep a standard cupcake tin with liners, and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
      2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
      3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together sugar and melted butter, about 2 minutes, until combined.
      4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition, then add vanilla and beat to combine.
      5. Alternate adding dry ingredients and buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with flour.
      6. Portion out about ½ cup into two separate bowls. Add red and blue food coloring to each bowl and stir, until desired shade is reached.
      7. Using a small cookie scoop, place about 2 Tablespoons of red or blue cupcake batter in the bottom of each cupcake liner, then fill to about ¾ full with white batter.
      8. Drop any remaining colored batter in dollops on top if desired, and swirl with a toothpick.
      9. After putting cupcakes in the oven, drop the temperature to 175 degrees F and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
      10. Allow cupcake to sit in tins for about 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.
      11. When cool, using a small knife held at a 45-degree angle, cut a 1-inch deep cone out of the top of each cupcake, creating a pocket for the filling to sit in.

      Berry Compote

      1. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons orange juice and stir until combined. Set aside.
      2. Combine berries, 3 tablespoons orange juice, zest, vanilla, and honey in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
      3. Bring to a simmer and cook about 4-5 minutes, until berries begin releasing their juices, then muddle with a wooden spoon. Continue to cook another 5 minutes or so on low heat.
      4. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch mixture, combining well. Feel free to add more honey if your compote is too tart. Allow to cool to room temperature before filling cupcakes with 1-2 tablespoons, mounding it higher than the top of the cupcake..

      Whipped Cream Cheese Buttercream

      1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese together for about 3 minutes, or until combined and smooth.
      2. Sprinkle in salt, and add confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well between cups and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add vanilla, beating until incorporated.
      3. Scrape icing off paddle, and fit the mixer with the whip attachment.
      4. Add heavy whipping cream, and after incorporating it in to the icing, whip on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes until fluffy.
      5. Fill a piping bag or zipper bag with icing, and pipe a circle around the filling, and a star dollop right in the middle of it.
      6. Decorate with sprinkles, edible star confetti, and patriotic decorations. Serve & enjoy!


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