With spring now in the air I wanted to create a lovely light spring inspired cupcake. I had a surplus of lemons in the house and wanted to use them. Lemon is fresh and such a clean flavour but wanted something to back it up. Then blueberries caught my eye. Now they are a perfect spring mix, I don’t know why, but lemon and blueberries work. So it was to be lemon and blueberry cupcakes.
Blueberries are such fun to work with they pop with colour especially when you split the cake, muffin or scone open. And in these cupcakes because they are so pale the bright colour of the blueberries just jumps out at you and is a lovely surprise for the person eating them.
These are not difficult to make, most of the ingredients are just your basic cupcake ingredients. The only exception is the tablespoon of Greek yogurt, which helps keep the sponge moist and helps give it a slightly denser crumb.
Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes
Ingredients for the Sponge
- 110 grams unsalted butter - at room temperature ((1 stick))
- 225 grams caster sugar ((1 and 1/8 cup))
- 2 large eggs
- 90 millilitres milk ((3/8 cup))
- 30 millilitres lemon juice ((2 tablespoons))
- 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
- 150 grams self-rising flour ((1 and 1/4 cup))
- 125 grams Plain flour (All Purpose, (1 cup))
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
- 75 grams blueberries ((3/4 cup))
Ingredients for the Frosting
- 115 grams Unsalted butter - at room temperature ((1 stick))
- 60 millilitres milk ((1/4 cup))
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 500 grams Icing sugar (Confectioners sugar, (4 and 1/2 cups))
- 36 Blueberries
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 1/2 lemon finely grated zest - use whole lemon if you like a stronger flavour.
Directions for the sponge
- Pre heat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4 and prep your baking tins with cupcake cases.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time mixing with an electric mixer in between each addition.
- In a jug measure out your milk add the lemon juice and yogurt and mix.
- In a separate bowl mix your flours.
- Add a third of the flour to the egg mix and gently fold in. Then add a third of the milk mix in and fold in.
- Keep doing this until everything is mixed in.
- Get the lemon zest and blueberries and carefully fold into the cake batter.
- Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases. Try not to fill them more than 2/3rds full.
- Pop them into the oven for 20-25 minutes, until they are a light golden colour and firm to the touch. Check as well with a toothpick that it comes out clean.
- Leave then to fully cool.
Directions for the frosting
- Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy.
- Add half the icing sugar and mix well, it may be a little stiff but this is to be expected at this stage.
- Add the milk and lemon juice and stir it in.
- Add the remaining icing sugar and once fully combined mix in the lemon zest.
- Fill your piping bag with the buttercream and swirl it on top of your cupcakes.
- Wash your blueberries and while they are still damp toss them in your tablespoon of caster sugar to give them a crystallised look.
- Place three of them on each cupcake and serve.