Finished with cream cheese frosting, these blueberry lemon cupcakes are flavored with lemon zest in the vanilla cake batter. There are blueberries folded into the cake and also topping each one.
1–2/3 cups plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
1 large egg
1–1/3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw) plus more for decorating
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin pans with 14 paper liners.
For the cupcakes, in a large bowl, combine 1-2/3 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl combine the butter and both sugars. Whisk in the yogurt, milk, vanilla extract, lemon zest and egg. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
In a small bowl, toss the blueberries in the remaining flour before gently stirring into the batter. Transfer to the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before removing from the pan.
For the frosting, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, milk and vanilla extract, beating until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, use a pastry bag fitted with a round tip to pipe the frosting or spread it with a spatula. Top with fresh blueberries.
Store the cupcakes in the refrigerator up to 2 days.