Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

I am so excited for Spring and when I saw this recipe posted on Pinterest by annie-eats, I just had to make them.  They are so good, light and bursting with flavor.  Try a bite of spring and bring your taste buds to life!  Makes 16 Cupcake's

All Purpose Flour - 3/4 Cup plus 2 T
Cake Flour - 3/4 Cup
Baking Powder - 1-1/2 t
Salt - 1/4 t
Unsalted Butter - 13 T (room temperature)
Sugar - 3/4 Cup plus 2 T
Lemon Zest - 2 Lemons (divided)
Eggs - 2 Large (room temperature)
Vanilla Extract - 1 t
Lemon Juice - 3 T (divided)
Milk - 1/2 Cup plus 2 T
Fresh Blueberries - 1 Cup Plus additional for garnish
Cream Cheese - 8 oz.
Confectioners Sugar - 3 Cups (sifted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine 3/4 cup all purpose flour, the cake flour, baking powder and salt; whisk together and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine 8 T butter, sugar and lemon zest from 1 lemon.  Beat together o medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, blending well.  Beat in the vanilla and 2 T of lemon juice.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in half of the dry ingredients, just until incorporated.  Blend in the milk.  Mix in remaining dry ingredients.

In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with remaining 2 T of all-purpose flour.  Using a spatula gently fold the berries into the cake batter.  Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners, filling each about 3/4 full.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pans 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting, combine the cream cheese and 5 T butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Mix in 1 T of lemon juice and lemon zest from 1 lemon.  Gradually beat in the confectioners sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth. 

Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.  Garnish with fresh blueberries.


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