Bright, sunshine sweet lemon blueberry cupcakes. These beautiful cupcakes are infused with lemon with swirls of blueberry, then topped with a vanilla blueberry swirled buttercream frosting.
Lemon and blueberry is definitely one of my favorite flavor combinations. The bright flavors of the lemon brings out the blueberries and reminds me of everything I love about warmer weather. Now, I know we aren't anywhere near warm weather just yet, but I am taking a little trip to springtime and the warm glow of the sun to help me get over this cold I can't seem to shake. So these lemon blueberry cupcakes are basically therapeutic. So it's okay that I had two (and a half) of them.
After my blackberry lime cupcakes, I thought it would be a delicious way to showcase these two flavors. Instead of making it exactly the same, I instead mixed the blueberry syrup in some of the frosting to create a delicate swirled effect which is so perfect for spring.
You can use any lemons you have available, but I loved using Meyer lemons in these lemon blueberry cupcakes. They add a bright, floral note to the cupcakes which really drive home the feeling of spring. (You getting how desperate I am for some spring in my life now?). It is also sweeter than the regular lemons you find which works well here in these cupcakes.
Can we also take a minute to adore the swirls a bit more here? I never did much swirling of colors in my buttercream and I was so nervous that it wouldn't turn out. To make it, I divided about a third of the frosting before I added the heavy cream to it. The third I took out, I slowly added blueberry syrup until I got the color I wanted. It isn't a serious blueberry flavor... I was mostly interested in getting a really delicate color that wasn't too bold, but I used bits of mashed blueberry to add flecks to showcase its freshness. I then just started randomly adding spoonfuls of the blueberry frosting in with the regular frosting into the piping bag in hope that it would add bits of the blueberry hue randomly as I piped the frosting. It came out even better than I imagined it would.
For the Blueberry Sauce
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 1gSugar: 57gProtein: 4g