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Claw Mark Cupcakes


  • Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
  • 2 cups Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting
  • 3 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 1/2 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
  • Raspberry Claw Marks
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In bowl of a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy,
  4. about 2 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.  Add vanilla.
  5. With mixer on medium low, add flour and milk alternately, starting and ending with flour mixture and scraping bowl as needed.  Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until center of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.  Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Prepare frosting: In bowl of your mixer, beat butter, cream, and vanilla on medium speed until combined.  With mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar until just combined.  Increase mixer speed to high and beat for one minute, until light and fluffy.  Using a piping bag or a re-sealable sandwich bag with a corner snipped off, pipe a mound of frosting on each cupcake.  Chill frosted cupcakes for at least one hour, until frosting is firm.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk raspberry jam and light corn syrup together. Press a small sharp paring knife into frosting of each cupcake 3 or 4 times, creating triangular indentations that resemble claw marks. Spoon raspberry jam mixture into each indentation. 
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Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Kristan Roland @bakescupcakes.