Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Raspberry Cupcakes

"Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events."

Now for my definition. Labor Day = End of Summer

I don't like that at all. I feel like it was just Memorial Day and I certainly have not yet recovered enough from last winter. I do love Fall and if I could just find a place that cycled those two seasons, I'd be just fine. I love to see what other people are doing with their cupcakes for Labor Day so again I googled "Labor Day Cupcakes" & up popped cupcakes that looked like corn on the cob, hamburgers, red, white & blue etc. None of which particulary motivated me. I'm thinking....
I went to the Farmer's Market today & bought beautiful organic produce. Tomatos, Green Beans & Peaches. Sitting here looking at them on the counter gave me my idea of what to bake. I had frozen some organic raspberries so why not make raspberry vanilla cupcakes with raspberry buttercream? I had to give it a try. The result? I LOVE them! I just tried one stright out of the oven.
The flavor has a hint of raspberry blended with the vanilla and the raspberry icing will finish it off perfectly. Mini raspberry colored cupcake wrappers were in my cabinet - what luck!

I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and after crushing the frozen raspberries, I folded them into the batter. I really did not add alot of raspberries, maybe 1/4 - 1/2 cup. I was afraid of what would happen to the batter. I also think the next time I am going to try raspberry extract. I found a site online to order from which was recommended by a "real" baker. You can find it at Do NOT use imitation extracts. You can tast it immediately. It's worth the extra cost.

It's late so I will post more pictures tomorrow after I make the buttercream. So stop back!
Let me know what you think.

Happy Labor Day


  1. I think you could "cycle" through summer and fall if you moved to parts of Florida, Nevada, and California. As for the cupcake, it does look appetizing.


  2. Perhaps this is a not so strange thing BUT I simply can't eat food that looks like another food and not itself. I don't know why but I just can't. I remember way back when they made ketchup green. I went without ketchup for quite some time because of this and I was quite traumatized that head mistress did this to our home. For over 3 months.. green ketchup... I turned to mustard on my fries at that point. Very british.. although i'm very American. :)

    Your cupcakes sound devine!! I love raspberry anything. My favorite jam and ice cream.

    I love the end of summer as it opens iteself to Fall which is my favorite season.

    I'm having a GIVEAWAY if you would like to submit your name. Would love to have you.

  3. Oh my goodness- these look amazing! I found you on a blog hop and I am so glad I did- I am always looking for new recipes! :) We have a link party on our blog each weekend (Strut Your Stuff Saturdays) and we would love to have you come link this up!
    Camille @
    PS I am your newest follower!

  4. I love the header! Now im craving for cupcakes

    following from finding new friends wkend hop. I hope you follow back. thanks in advance

    we can also like each other in FB if you have a fan page (I do like back)

  5. Happy Labor day dear! That cupcake looks divine! :)

  6. Found your blog from the Boost your Blog Blog Hop and I love it! These look delicious, that's my fave berry flavor! I am now following you via GFC and liked your FB page, hope you'll return the favor!