I’ve never been a huge fan of lemon in baked goods but I think my taste buds are starting to like it after devouring these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes. There is just enough lemon juice and zest to get that refreshing lemon zing but not too over powering especially for those of us how are just warming up to the whole lemon thang.
Sometimes people (including me) can get carried away with frosting and create a cupcake that has a 2:1 ration of frosting to cake. While this may look really cool, it’s nearly impossible get your mouth around without looking like a monster. Plus, it’s not balanced and just too sweet. I made sure that these blue babies had the right amount of lemon cream cheese frosting. I also wanted to be able to see a little bit of the top of the cupcake so a little rosette was perfect!
I then topped them with a few fresh blueberries and lemon peel to add color and clearly show what flavor it is. The mint leaf was just a fun garnish to add a pop of color but totally optional.
Mmmm. I just want to take a bite after staring at that juicy cooked blueberry surrounded by a sweet, tender, and moist lemon cake.
It was really hard to set the cupcake down after taking a bite. Self-control… until the camera is off. 🙂
What are you waking for?! Go make a batch of these delightfully refreshing lemon blueberry cupcakes!
Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 eggs, room temperature*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest, add more if desired
- 1 1/4 cup blueberries
- 2 teaspoons flour
For the Frosting:
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Pinch of salt
For the Garnish:
- 54 blueberries, about 1/2 cup
- Lemon peel
- Mint leaves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tin with 18 paper cupcake liners.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the milk, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and zest and beat until thoroughly combined. Mix the dry ingredients in a little at a time until just combined.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 1/4 cup blueberries with 2 teaspoons flour until all are coated. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.
- Spoon the batter into the 18 cupcake liners (about 3/4 full).
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the Frosting:
- Attach the paddle attachment to standing mixer (an electric hand mixer will work too). Beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the lemon juice, zest, salt, and beat in the powdered sugar a little at a time. Keep mixing until light and fluffy. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and then top with blueberries, lemon peel, and a mint leaf.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to two days or in the fridge for up to four days.
Recipe Source: Adapted from Missy Drummond (made lighter by replacing some of the butter with sour cream, more milk, less egg, less lemon zest, less and slightly different frosting…)
These are a tried and true favorite in our house. I make them at least twice a year for my husband. They are amazing!,
Hi Melanie, just made this recipe for a colleagues birthday tomorrow. Had to review to say these were simply divine. Moist (20min cooking time for me). I only cut down the sugar as I work in a hospital. Thank you these were yummy and so flavoursome. I am sure they will stay in rotation 🙂
I’m so happy to hear it was a hit! Thanks Bianca! 🙂
I’ve tried this recipe and really like it, but I’ve noticed that there isn’t any lemon juice in the lemon cupcake recipe … is this intentional?
Yes. This recipe just uses lemon zest in the cupcakes. If you want a stronger lemon flavor you can add more lemon zest.
How many lemons did you need for the zest, peel and decoration?
Just 1 lemon will be enough.
Bethany F says
This recipe was magnificent. Light cake and a perfect richness to the frosting. I will be making this again and again. Thanking you so much for sharing!!
plasterers bristol says
mm this sounds delicious, thanks for sharing this..
Anne Runting says
I’m looking forward to making these cupcakes and agree with everyone that the pictures are gorgeous. Can I clarify 2 things as not familiar with the following down here in Australia – how much is a ‘stick of butter’ in grams ? And is powdered sugar icing sugar?
Thank you! K so I fixed the recipe to say the amount of butter in cups. A stick of butter is 4 ounces or 113grams. And powdered sugar is the same as icing sugar also referred to as confectioner’s sugar. I hope you enjoy these!
These look absolutely amazing! I love lemon and blueberry combinations!
Thanks Paige! 🙂
I love that you went ahead and called these cupcakes and not muffins…let’s be honest, so many “muffins” are just dessert masquerading as breakfast food!! 🙂 These look yummy!
Haha! I agree Alicia! Sometimes I’m not quite sure whether to categorize some breakfast foods as dessert too… which I guess means that when we have “breakfast for dinner” we are really having dessert for dinner.
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
i can never go past a blueberry cupcake, these look SO delicious. definitely craving one right now!
Tessa @ Handle the Heat says
These photos are gorgeous! You’ve never been a fan of lemon in baked goods… well I love lemon but have never been a fan of blueberries in baked goods. Ha! I’m willing to be these cupcakes would change my mind though 🙂
Thanks Tessa! I hope these change your mind about blueberries! 🙂
they look so yummy!
Ummm… Lemon and blueberries? In a cupcake??? Definitely YES!!!! Love the flavor combination!!! Must be supurb!!
Your pictures are so beautiful, they make me want to make the recipe right away! And maybe, lick my screen… 😛
haha! Thank you Anne! I am loving the lemon and blueberry together and can’t stop thinking of more things to make with that combo. Enjoy!