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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes


We tasted, then we tasted again, then we tasted a third time JUST IN CASE.  The verdict is in: these are the BEST CUPCAKES EVER.  Seriously, my genius sister in law suggested the flavor, and I just put a few tweaks into my favorite cupcake recipe and VOILA! These amazing cupcakes were born!

They aren't too sweet, aren't too tart, have PLENTY of punchy flavor, are easy to make, moist, and fluffy!  These are definitely our new favorite after dinner (or after lunch, or just any time) treat!

Why are you still sitting there, haven't I completely sold you guys on these things?! Get off your bum and go back a couple dozen! 


 
 

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes


makes: 2 dozen
prep time: 20 minutes
bake time: 20 minutes
time to frost: 20 minutes

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 1 cup blueberries
 

Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Add flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt and lemon zest to stand mixer with blade attachment.
  3. Slice butter into tablespoons, drop them in one chunk at a time, once all the butter is added allow the mixer to incorporate the butter for 5 minutes or so until mixture resembles cake mix from a bag, or grated parmesan. 
  4. Add eggs one at a time, then add milk, lemon juice and vanilla.
  5. Remove from mixer, then stir in blueberries by hand.
  6. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners, then evenly distribute batter.
  7. Bake in oven at 350F for 15 - 20 minutes, checking frequently. Overcooked cupcakes are nobodies friend.
  8. Once baked, remove from oven and allow to cool.  Once FULLY cooled, start with frosting.
  9. Beat butter and cream cheese together for 5 minutes or until well incorporated and smooth.  Add lemon juice and zest. Then add sugar one cup at a time.
  10. If texture is too stiff add a little milk until appropriate texture.
  11. Frost and enjoy!