Happy Friday! I have a ridiculously awesome recipe to share with you today. These lemon blueberry cupcakes are all kinds of amazing! As I’m sure you know, I like to celebrate good things by baking, and I’ve got a lot of pretty great things on the horizon right now. For starters, my darling little Lizzy is turning three next week and we’re having a lovely birthday brunch for her tomorrow. (I can’t wait to see her face when she sees the awesome scooter we’re giving her!) My second piece of good news is that after months of planning, our family vacation to San Diego is almost here! We’ll be leaving next Saturday and staying for eight days. I’m excited to hit up Legoland and the San Diego Zoo, and just enjoy being lazy and carefree and not being at work. 🙂
And finally (and most exciting!), we found out this week that my husband Geoff got into nursing school! It’s been a long road to get here, but it’s pretty amazing to know that the end is in sight and we only have fifteen more months of school ahead of us. It’s a very competitive and top-quality program, and I’m so excited for him!
Let’s celebrate with some perfectly delicious cupcakes, shall we? Blueberries are Geoff’s favorite, and the blueberry-lemon combination in these cupcakes is outstanding. The cake is moist and delicate and full of juicy blueberries, and the frosting is creamy and sweet with a little tartness from the lemon zest. I think these are also probably the most gorgeous cupcakes I’ve ever made. I can’t stop staring at these pictures and wanting more cupcakes!
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, room temperature
1 cup fresh blueberries
8 ounces cream cheese
5 tablespoons butter, room temperature
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
zest of one lemon
additional blueberries, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pans with paper liners (I got 16 cupcakes from this recipe). In a small bowl whisk together the 3/4 cup flour, cake flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest, vanilla, and lemon juice, and beat until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the milk. In a small bowl toss the blueberries with the 2 tablespoons flour to coat. Gently fold the blueberries into the cake batter, being careful not to crush them. Scoop the batter into the prepared cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched. Let cool 5-10 minutes in the pan then transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest, and beat until combined. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until combined, then beat for an extra minute or two until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with fresh blueberries for garnish.
adapted from Annie’s Eats