Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lots-of-Raspberry Coffee Cake Muffins (Barefoot Contessa)

It is difficult to classify these cakes. They look like muffins but don't really taste like muffins. They do have a coffee cake-like texture but they don't look like a coffee cake. I reckon this must be the reason why Ina Garten called them "Coffee Cake Muffins". 

Originally, this recipe uses fresh blueberries but I replaced them with frozen raspberries and topped the batter with extra raspberries to give every single bite of these muffins lots of raspberries. The muffins are very moist and delicious with a nice balance in its taste and sweetness. I would love making the fresh blueberries version when the down-under blueberry season is back in January next year.

Happy Mother's Day to all hardworking mothers including me! I think that I deserve to sit back, relax and enjoy this special day with these delicious "very-pink" muffin cakes.

raspberry coffee cake muffins Barefoot Contessa 
 
raspberry coffee cake muffins Barefoot Contessa
There is lots of raspberries in every single bite of these muffins!

Here's the recipe from Barefoot Contessa
(with my modification in blue)

Yield 16 muffins

12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
8 ounces (about 1 cup) sour cream
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 half-pints fresh blueberries, picked through for stems (replaced with frozen raspberries)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced). Place 16 paper liners in muffin pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 min. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed. Fold in the blueberries (or raspberries) with a spatula and be sure the batter is completely mixed. (I was gentle with the mixing to avoid the raspberries making the batter too pink)

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup just over the top (I added 3-4 extra raspberries onto each muffin for the lots-of-raspberry look and taste in these muffins), and bake for 25 to 30 min, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a cake tester comes out clean.

Note: Using 1/3 of the recipe, I have baked 8 standard-size muffins for 30 min at 160°C fan forced. I have saved a few in the freezer for me to enjoy them on the coming Mother's Day.

Happy Baking

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42 comments:

  1. Wow the pretty and sexy red muffin. Happy mothers day to you ya.

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  2. They look so beautiful. Raspberries look so pretty in muffins :)

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  3. Happy Mothers day to you =) these muffins look incredible, love that you added extra raspberries its great when every bite has berries in it. Amazing blog btw im your newest follower as well =)

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  4. Looks wonderful, Zoe! I'm so jealous over your juicy raspberries! All the fresh berries over here are not cheap!! Even the frozen ones are costly!

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    1. Of course you can. Just cook or bake any Barefoot Contessa recipe and blog hop with us. This blog hop event end on the last day of May :D

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    2. Thanks, I have choosen my recipe. Will make it and share!

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  6. wow! that is a wonderful Raspberry Coffee Cake Muffins. i would am going to try your recipe. thanks a lot for sharing .

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  7. OMG. I suddenly missed baking. They look heavenly.

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  8. Love the colour and such a juicy cupcake...mmm yummy :D.

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  9. Happy Mother's day Zoe! Wow! This is really a Mother's day treat indeed! Looks so tasty & lovely with the natural color of the raspberries! Love the idea of adding lots of raspberries in this muffins too! We only harvest our raspberries in June till early September. And till then I've to buy it from store or frozen too. Will bookmark this recipe to try it out this summer with our raspberries! Have a lovely day Zoe! :)

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  10. These are absolutely bursting with berry goodness - eating it off my screen and kind of not working :D
    Beautiful my friend!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. Hi Zoe! I have actually made these muffins before but with the blueberries. I love them as well and yes, they are sweet, but aren't most muffins? I tend to always put muffins in the cupcake category and treat them as so, besides corn muffins.

    I didn't realize you were on blogger. I joined when the new version of blogger just came out, so I have always used it and I love it. Let me know if you have any questions on it.

    xoxo,
    Jackie

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  12. This looks gorgeous!! I like the combination of two desserts in one. I sometimes do that: instead of making a cake I pour the batter into a muffin pan. I love how much fruit is bursting out. YUM!

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  13. this looks delicious.. i love anything Ina bakes. And these muffins look moist and summmery!

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  14. Oh, these look like incredible muffins!! How I love raspberries!!!! And I'm planning to make a Barefoot Contessa pound cake soon, so I'm hoping to link up :)

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  15. I love raspberry muffins and coffee cake style by Ina makes me swoon. :)

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  16. I love how much fruit are in these - delicious!

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  17. Oh, my daughter would go crazy over these muffins! She is a crazy raspberry monster and could eat a whole pint in a sitting if I let her (sometimes I let her). I am going to save this one and make them soon! Great spring time treat!

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  18. These muffins are calling my name ! lol Love that every muffin is bursting with raspberries ! Gorgeously yummy bake , Zoe !

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  19. I want one of them, they look delicious!

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  20. wow, its really full of raspberries, yum yum...

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  21. This is such a good recipe isn't it? And the raspberries looks amazing!

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  22. I bake with blueberries a lot but not raspberries...definitely need to change that! These muffins sound delicious!

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  23. Lovely recipe!!Its going to be a hit with my kids since they're also big fans of raspberries :)Bookmarked!

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  24. These look absolutely delicious, I love baking with fruit in it!

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  25. Mmmmm. these muffins look so packed full of raspberries and moist!

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  26. Your raspberry muffins look amazing and I'm sure they were full of flavour. They look so light and fluffy xx

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  27. oh these muffins look incredible! they look like they're straight from a bakery!

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  28. Beautiful muffins you've got there.

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    Regards
    Spoon and Chopsticks
    http://spoon-and-chopsticks.blogspot.com/

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  29. These muffins are just gorgeous! I can't get over that "pop" of bright color!!

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  30. I'm yet to bake an Ina recipe, although I love her shows. These look lovely and I really like the sound of the texture!

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  31. If there is raspberries I know I will love them.
    Rita

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  32. Wow, that is really los of rasps!
    i bet the fragrance is super intense in the muffins.

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  33. I am not a fan of muffins, but I would love these! Full of fruit and flavor! Bookmarking this one for picnic days :)

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  34. What great muffins - and it makes me think they have to be good for you with all those berries!! Just delicious
    Mary x

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  35. I don't think I've ever had a raspberry muffin!

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  36. The raspberries look so luscious in the cute, little muffins!

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  37. I'd classify them as "cute", "lovely" and "delicious"! Happy Mother's Day, Zoe. I've wanted to participate but things were a little hectic lately. When things have settled a little, you'll find me linking up.
    Love these muffin/cakes :)

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  38. Very pink indeed. I love raspberries! I'm glad your vacation was great and you're back to blogging. Now, which marathon did you sign up for? Whichever one, do NOT wear a tutu for it. Since it's your first you won't want to have to deal with all the mileage AND the tutu. lol But you SHOULD wear a tutu for a %K race. :) You'll be amazed at how many miles you'll be logging while training. Now go hit the road!

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  39. Whew...I finally got back here with a post! Have a wonderful weekend!!! xo

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