Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes

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Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes

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It’s definitely time for cupcakes. After all, spring has sprung. What better time to get our pastel frosting action on?

Well, I think spring has sprung. The D.C. area has a habit of swinging back and forth like a crazed toddler on a playground with temps, but I’m hoping we’ll stabilize soon. Until we do, I plan to hide in the house with cupcakes.

These are, according to a picky person I work with, the best thing I’ve ever baked. The cupcake batter is made with Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale and topped with a blackberry frosting. They’re pretty darn special.

Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes

All year long, I wait for fruit to finally become available. It seems patently unfair to me that some parts of the world have amazing fruit on a yearlong basis while we have to endure the winter.

But then I think about my grandmother. When she was a girl in Russia, they barely had any fresh fruit, ever. One day someone gave her an apple, which was a rare treat. Her siblings (she had five of them) ate their apples right away, but she saved hers for later. And saved it. And saved it.

Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes

You can probably guess what happened. The apple rotted, and my poor grandmother never got her treat. When I think about that story and then consider how absolutely spoiled I am (I mean, I can’t go a day without sugar), I realize I have nothing to complain about.

Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes

There’s no doubt that the spring brings forth increased desire for refreshing treats, and these cupcakes are the epitome of that. The Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale is made with real ginger, and I also have some ground ginger in the cupcake batter. The goal is to create a subtle undertone of ginger to complement the stronger blackberry flavor, and it worked out great.

As the official birthday coordinator in my office, it’s my job to bring in treats for everyone’s special day. When these cupcakes came into the office, nobody could resist eating them. There’s just something so festive about a blackberry ginger cupcake in the spring!

Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes

I also brought in some of the Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale 2-liters so that everyone could taste the soda, and all that bubbly made everyone even happier. But since the soda is only available seasonally through mid-May, they’ll have to get it quickly!

Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes

These can be made with pretty much the ingredients you already have, plus the Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale. For the frosting, make sure the jam you buy is seedless. You don’t want seedy frosting!

Remember to pick up a bottle of Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale for some fun spring cupcake action this season. Your cupcakes will be the life of the party, guaranteed!


Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes


1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup seedless blackberry jam
whole washed blackberries, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and spray them lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix again.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground ginger. Set aside.
  4. In another small bowl, combine the sour cream and the Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Alternating mixtures, add the dry mixture and the sour cream mixture to the stand mixer. Beat until all ingredients are smooth.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop for portion evenness, portion the cupcake batter into the prepared liners. Fill each liner about 3/4 of the way up.
  7. Bake the cupcakes for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely.
  8. When the cupcakes are cool, make the frosting. Cream the butter and vanilla until smooth. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until a smooth frosting forms. You want it to be stiff enough to pipe with, especially since you're adding jam. Finally, mix in the blackberry jam.
  9. Using a large star tip, pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Place a blackberry in the center of each cupcake.
  10. Allow the frosting to set. Store covered.

Blackberry Ginger Cupcakes



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Spring is definitely a perfect time for cupcakes! That frosting is just gorgeous. And I love the use of ginger ale in here, so creative! Definitely needed for a Tuesday!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle. The ginger ale makes the batter lighter and springier!

  2. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, oh the story of your grandmother and her apple! 🙁 and I hear you on waiting for berries .. frozen berries are the only way I can get through winter! I absolutely love the fact that you added Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale into the cake batter! I’m guessing it’s similar to using coke but better!!! I love these cupcakes!
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    1. Mir

      I know. I was so sad for my poor grandmother, who basically spent her life working for others and not getting many treats herself. I feel so spoiled in comparison. I mean, all she wanted was an apple. It makes me want to cry.

  3. annie@ciaochowbambina

    I’ve not heard of this soda…yum! I love the flavor combination! And man would I love a big bite of that cupcake! I think I’ll be thinking about your grandmother all day…
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    1. Mir

      It’s very tasty, especially in a cupcake!

  4. Mary Frances

    Those cupcakes look gorgeous!! And gingerale in cupcakes? Oh yum!! That’s unique 🙂

    1. Mir

      It’s like using champagne, except minus the alcohol. I recommend!

  5. Sues

    Aw I love that story about your grandmother. I’ve always had the same tendency to save things until I miss my opportunity (or grow out of whatever I’m saving). It’s so true we have a lot to be thankful for! These cupcakes look amazing!

    1. Mir

      I used to save things more, and now I’m all about taking the chances while we have them!

  6. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    Oh Mir – the best thing you have ever baked? That is saying a LOT!! Loved the story about your grandmother – they keep teaching us things, don’t they? xo
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    1. Mir

      Well, that’s what they said. I’d prefer a Reese’s based dessert myself!

  7. David @ Spiced

    Oh, you are talking my language with these cupcakes, Mir! I love blackberries. The first thing we did when we moved into our house is plant some blackberry bushes along the back fence. Now I want these cupcakes…and it’s only 7:30am.

    But can we talk about that seedy frosting? There’s nothing worse than a frosting that hangs out in back alleys with its seedier friend Strawberry Frosting. Or even worse Raspberry. That trio always gets into trouble! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I’ve had some pretty seedy frosting in my day, David…that kind that separates is just GROSS. 🙂

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    The weather here has been flip flopping as well, but it seems like it might stay warm now. Guess we will see. In the mean time I WILL be eating all the blackberry ginger cupcakes humanly possible! These look beyond delicious, Mir! LOVE that you used Blackberry Ginger Ale in the batter! SO clever! Plus your blackberry frosting looks like the stuff dreams are made of! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend!
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    1. Mir

      I hate the flip flopping weather making everyone super sick!!

  9. Amanda

    All the ginger flavor you have going on in these cupcakes sounds rocking! I can’t get enough ginger when spring rolls around. I have a mug of gingery tea constantly beside me. These are just so cute. They definitely look like spring in a little package.
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    1. Mir

      Oooh, I love gingery tea. Makes all of life better!

  10. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I feel so spoiled after hearing your grandmother’s story about the apple. It makes me totally ashamed about letting fruit spoil and throwing it away. I love these cupcakes though! I’m all about some pink icing in the spring. I love your combination of ginger and blackberries! I’ve never heard of that soda, so I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for it!

    1. Mir

      Me too, Rachelle. We have it pretty good, ya know?

  11. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Blackberry ginger ale? WHOA. So yum- these cupcakes are pretty 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Yep. Pretty life changing!

  12. Summer Davis

    These cupcakes look so beautiful – how do you get your frosting so perfect? Will you please come frost my cupcakes? (client)

    1. Mir

      I’d be happy to, Summer! Just send me a piping bag and some frosting!

  13. Aria

    Stories like your grandmother’s really makes one think about how much they take for granted, eh? These cupcakes are gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. And the flavors sound absolutely divine together!

    1. Mir

      We really do take so much for granted, Aria. I need to remember that!

  14. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Mir, I’m loving EVERYTHING about these cupcakes!! Raspberry is one of my favorite fruits to bake with. I wish you could share one with me. 😀
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    1. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

      I meant to say Blackberry! :-p
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      1. Mir

        Ha, I figured. I do that a lot too!

    2. Mir


  15. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    It’s always time for cupcakes isn’t it? I usually just go for chocolate cupcakes, but I really need to expand my cupcake horizons.
    The combo of blackberry and ginger sounds SO good.
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    1. Mir

      Chocolate cupcakes are lovely, don’t get me wrong. But yeah…these are cool!

  16. koby Handwerger

    Very nice swirls!

    1. Mir

      Thank you, dear. Get off the computer. Love, Mommy.

  17. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I’m one of those ones that has fruit all year and we totally take it for granted how fresh and good it is! That frosting looks so good, my dad would love it!

    1. Mir

      That’s why I’m very jealous of your climate, Dorothy!

  18. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    These cupcakes sound amazing! Love the blackberry ginger combination!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jen! It was a cool combo!

  19. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    Mir these cupcakes look yummyand I LOVE the unique flavors!! The best part -> these look so moist, I wish I had a few nearby!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Ami! They were so great. I miss them!

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