lemon-scented blueberry cupcakes

The first time I've ever made cupcakes! I guess I'm now officially part of the craze. I just tested one (while watching Charlie's Angels, natch), and I can report with authority that the lemon and the blueberry blend together most deliciously. I topped them with extra fresh blueberries, but if you wanted to get super-fancy you could use edible flowers as decoration...or marzipan sculptures. From the Jan/Feb 2007 Cooking Light.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place 12 decorative paper muffin cup liners into muffin cups.

To prepare cupcakes, lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups (about 6 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Measure 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour; level with a knife. Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour plus 1 tablespoon flour, 10 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon baking soda in a large bowl. Combine 1/4 cup melted butter and 1 large egg in another large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk, 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk, and 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind to butter mixture; stir with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Toss 3/4 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries with 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour. Fold blueberries into batter. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare frosting, place 1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons softened butter, 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until just blended. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (do not overbeat). Stir in 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. Spread frosting evenly over cupcakes; garnish with fresh blueberries, if desired. Store, covered, in refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.

Posted by astraea on February 10, 2007 | TrackBack
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