Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lemon Blueberry Crunch Cupcakes

Last weekend, Mike and I went blueberry picking.  We found this adorable blueberry farm about 20 minutes from our house where blueberries were only $1.80 per pound and the owners flat-out told us that we "couldn't eat them out of business, so taste and try the berries as much as you want."  Don't have to tell me twice!  We picked about 4 pounds of berries (only about 3 of which went into my bucket (Anyone remember Blueberries for Sal?  That's pretty much how I felt...).  
Well, Mike doesn't like blueberries (weird, right?), so besides eating them with every meal, I decided to come up with something to bake with them.  I broke out my favorite cupcake cookbook and found these Lemon Blueberry Crunch Cupcakes.  No, I did not create this recipe, but I thought it was fantastic enough to share.  
Lemon Blueberry Crunch Cupcakes
Taken from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 sugar, plus 2 tbsp for topping
4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
3/4 sour cream
1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the 3/4 cup sugar and butter together until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).  Then, add in the egg, lemon extract, and zest, and beat on medium speed until combined.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and the sour cream, beating until just combined.
5. Fill the muffin pan 3/4 full.
6. Arrange blueberries in a single layer on top of the batter and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp sugar.
7.  Bake for 18-20 minutes (until the blueberries burst and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the toothpick comes out clean).

For the icing: I tried to make Shelley's egg white buttercream and failed miserably.  Honestly, this cupcake doesn't need a whole topping of frosting anyway, but her buttercream (with 1 teaspoon of lemon extract added) did turn into a nice icing.  Anyone have a fantastic not-too-sweet buttercream recipe?  This is one thing missing from my recipe cards.
 The recipe only made about 12 cupcakes (and yes, I left 2 without the blueberries for Mike), but even he said the blueberry ones were delicious).  I highly suggest this recipe!

Linking up for all of my favorite Tuesday food link-ups (Two Cup TuesdayTry A New Recipe TuesdayDelicious Dish Tuesday, and Tasty Tuesdays)!


BLovedBoston said...

These look so good! My sister went blueberry picking on Sunday and I want to share this recipe with her!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Carly Messmer said...

Those cupcakes look great! I need to check out that farm, I've never been blueberry picking!

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, these look amazing!

Megan @ Chicago Girl said...

Those look amazing. I need to bake so much more than I do!

Julie said...

Oh these look good and man you guys must have a lot of time on your hands to make all these delicious recipes - or an extra hour on the east coast ;)

Jillian said...

YUM! blueberry + lemon is my all-time favorite flavor combo! these look amazing. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Katie Elizabeth said...

This is so funny because I have lemon blueberry bread baking in my oven right this moment! Great minds think alike ;)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Holy deliciousness, these look super yummy and perfect for summer :)

Lisa C said...

Delicious! I hope some blueberry muffins are in the works, too!

Anonymous said...

These look delicious!

Lisa Loves John said...

These look uh-mazing!!! And let's be real, the blueberries basically make them healthy ;)

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Cute snaps from your time out blueberry picking. :) These cupcakes look fantastic!! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;)

Unknown said...

That sounds like so much fun! I would love to check out that blueberry farm!

Ryan @apolishedpalate said...

These little cupcakes sound like heaven! And yours turned out so pretty! Lemon and blueberry make such a great combo...pinning this recipe for later. :)

michielbp said...

These look delicious! Will have to break my diet for them!

Unknown said...

Yum! These sound divine!

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

These look and sound so delish! Im a big fan of blueberry anything!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

Yum! Sounds great! And a nice way to use fresh, seasonal produce!

~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

ashleycarringtonphotography said...

These look SO good! And what a fun idea to go berry picking!

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

Those cupcakes look absolutely amazing!!! What a fun day of blueberry picking, love it :)

Alesha @ Full Time Mama said...

Okay, I'm so jealous that you have a place like that SO close to you! Sounds like tons of fun! Those cupcakes look to DIE for- great way to use up some of those blueberries! LOL! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

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