June Kim’s Vanilla & Raspberry Cupcake Recipe

BY SOPHIE CHUNG

Bite into these fluffy pockets topped with light buttercream clouds.

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28 SEP - 2021

Soft, spongy and a little bit tart. Just the way it should be.

Hailing from Auckland, June is an incredible culinary arts student. Like most people in lockdown, having an overwhelming amount of time on her hands allowed her to trial and test a variety of recipes and she fell in love with creating pastries despite her not-so-sweet tooth. The difference is, her creations didn’t start and stop at banana bread.

With an accumulating fanbase, cake orders started flowing in, and now, she works in film catering for Love Island in Byron Bay. It’s a show that I’m not really acquainted with but I hear there are lots of hot people in it and even more drama. And if you’ve seen June’s Instagram, you’d think she was a contestant (?). Do they win anything on the show? I don’t know. But you know what I mean. The point is, she’s a beautiful and talented young woman and I’m simply over the moon to be sharing her wonderful and tasty creations with you all.

June has shared with us a recipe that’s perfect for springtime picnics and birthdays. But since most of us are cooped up at home in our fat pants, it’s most likely that you’ll be eating these while watching Squid Game or… Love Island. It’s come full circle.

The recipe below features a soft and spongy vanilla base with juicy raspberries to give it that tartness. The berries can be substituted for any seasonal fruit that pairs well with vanilla. Atop the fluffy puffy sponge is a creamy yet light buttercream. You could probably eat the whole batch in one sitting.

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Ingredients

For the sponge:
113g butter
120ml oil ~ canola
300g caster sugar
4 eggs
4tsp vanilla
375g plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1/2tsp salt
300ml buttermilk
A handful of frozen raspberries

For the buttercream:
250g butter
3 cups icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Method

Set oven to 165•C

Using a mixer, cream together the butter, oil and sugar until fluffy.

Add the eggs in one at a time, making sure they are well incorporated! Add vanilla and continue whisking.

Sift dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then combine with the wet mix, avoiding over mixing.

Lastly add the buttermilk slowly into the batter. The mix should be light and smooth!

Pour the cake batter into cupcake liners and bake for 15-20 minutes. Make sure they are completely cool before icing them.

For the Buttercream:

Whisk 250g butter at room temperature on high speed until white and fluffy. Slowly incorporate the sifted icing sugar and vanilla. Mix for a further 6-8 minutes. Pipe onto cupcakes! You can decorate them using freeze dried berries, shaved chocolate or whatever you desire.

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