I am making lemon cupcakes and wanted to make raspberry frosting for them. I don't have fresh or frozen raspberries, what I do have is Smucker's 'Simply Fruit' raspberry jelly. Would it be possible to warm this up into a syrup & add that to buttercream to make the frosting? Should I just break down & go to the store to get raspberries? Thanks for any advice/suggestions.
I wouldn't add the jelly, it will color your b/c but in order to get any real raspberry flavor you'll have to use a lot. And if you use a lot your frosting is going to be REALLY, REALLY sweet.
I'd recommend a trip to the store to get raspberry extract... Not horribly expensive, doesn't change the texture of your b/c and lasts for a long time.
It's been my experience that most grocery stores carry McCormick's raspberry extract:
I say breakdown and go to the store to get raspberries. I make raspberry puree and add it to my SMBC.
Thank you for the quick replies. I've thought about getting some raspberry extract in the past, I guess now is as good a time as any to pick some up.
I make raspberry puree too. I use it as a filling, then add some to SMBC and that's my icing. It is too delicious! I like the real fruit, rather than the extracts.