Be A Beautiful Cupcake In A World Of Muffins

Happy Valentine's Day,
lovely friends!
Today I have a sweet treat just for you.

Cupcake, (n.):
a smile with frosting on it.

All you need is LOVE. . .
and cupcakes.

These Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes 
are oh-so-tasty and refreshing!
Here is what you will need to make a batch. . .

For the cupcakes:
4 lemons freshly zested (about 2-3 tablespoons)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large egg whites

For the blackberry butter cream:
1 cup blackberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups Confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk or cream

Let's get to baking, sweet friends!

In a large mixing bowl, add lemon zest and sugar. 
Combine them by rubbing it together between your fingers. 
The sugar will look slightly fluffy when you're done, 
and you shouldn't see any large chunks of lemon zest.

Add the melted butter to the sugar mixture. 
Cream mixture until fluffy and combined.
Sift together flour and baking powder, 
and add to the sugar mixture, beating until combined.

In a separate bowl, add milk, sour cream, vanilla, and egg whites. 
Whisk together.
Add the milk mixture to the flour and sugar mixture, 
and beat at medium speed, just until combined. 
Mixing too much will cause the cupcakes to be too firm.

Line a greased muffin tin with cupcake liners. 
Divide the cupcake batter evenly between 12 molds. 
Bake in a 350° oven for 15-19 minutes, 
or until a toothpick inserted into the top comes out clean. 
Allow to cool completely before frosting.

And don't forget the blackberry butter cream frosting!

For the frosting, add blackberries and lemon juice to a small saucepan. 
Over medium heat, bring mixture to a simmer, stirring often. 
Your blackberries will become soft enough 
that they will basically mash themselves while you're mixing. 
Simmer for about 20 minutes, 
or until you have about 1/3 cup of blackberry puree mixture.

If you don't want seeds or skins in your butter cream, 
strain the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer at this point. 
Allow to cool to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, add butter and blackberry puree. 
Beat together with a mixer until mixture is smooth.

Add in the Confectioners' sugar, 
and beat on medium-high until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Add your milk or cream and vanilla and beat again to combine. 
Test your butter cream now. If it's still too thick, continue adding milk or cream, 
1 tablespoon at a time until butter cream reaches desired consistency.

You can frost your cupcakes with the blackberry butter cream 
as soon as they are completely cooled. 
You can find the original recipe HERE.

Cupcakes don't ask silly questions.
Cupcakes understand.

You're the icing 
on my cupcake,
sweet friends!

A balanced diet
is having a cupcake in each hand.

Life is short, my friends,
so make it sweet!

I hope you have a most beautiful day!
Much love to you!

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Manu said...

I want to be that beautiful cupcake ;-)
Happy Valentine's Day

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I love those beautiful cupcakes you made and I bet they taste really delicious. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Hugs, Julie xo

Linda said...

Much love to you and your lovely family and a very Happy Valentines Day, friend. smiles

NanaDiana said...

Oh Yum! I think cupcakes are my favorite dessert....at least at the moment. These look delicious. Happy Valentine's Day, sweet girl. xo Diana

Anna said...

Have a delicious Valentine's day !

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I had to chuckle at the balanced life statement!! Thank you for making me smile this morning, sweet friend. I wish I could enjoy one of those yummy cupcakes with you today. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your dear family. xxoo

magnoliasntea said...

Oh, Stephanie, how funny. Your balanced diet method is wonderful, love it.
Those cupcakes look delicious and have me drooling.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. :)

Sarah said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Stephanie! These cupcakes look fabulous! I only wish I had some lemons on hand to make some today! : ) I will definitely have to try this recipe soon.

Dianna said...

Oh my goodness, dear Stephanie! Those look so very good. I love that you actually use blackberries in the buttercream frosting. I'll definitely be giving this recipe a try so thank you so much for sharing it here. I have been hungry for your delicious soft cookies with frosting. I came across the recipe again the other day and put it aside so I would be sure to give it another try soon.

Debby Ray said...

What a delightful Valentine's Day post, Stephanie! Oh those cupcakes do look delicious...lemon and blackberry, really? You can't go wrong there! Adorable cupcake quotes too...and what lovely photos to put it all together. Have a fabulous Valentine's Day, my friend...♥HUGS!♥

Sylvia said...

They do look so good and got my mouth watering, dear Stephanie. I am on a low carb diet and must just drool for now!

Visits With Mary said...

A very sweet post Stephanie, Happy Valentine's Day!

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

Those look incredibly delicious! I can't wait to give them a try :) Sending hugs my friend!

Debbie said...

these look and sound so good - your food photography is amazing!!! i love desert, i eat dinner/supper just so i can have desert!!!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow - I would never have thought of that combination of flavors but it sure sounds GOOD! Definitely pinning this recipe as I love making cupcakes (and eating them of course!) and I love that these are not your 'typical' cupcakes. Surprisingly fresh berries have been VERY cheap this winter, even cheaper some days than in the summer. So weird but I'm not complaining! The other week I got blackberries 2/3.00 and raspberries were 2/4.00. I actually went back and bought more and put them in the freezer to use in smoothies. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your 'philosophy' of a balanced life haha!

Red Rose Alley said...

The lemon blackberry cupcakes look scrumptious, Stephanie. And you displayed them so nicely on pink rose plates. You are quite the baker, my dear. There's nothing like butter cream frosting on a cupcake.

Happy Valentine's Day, and I hope your day is filled with so much love.


Billie Jo said...

Oh Stephanie!
Thank you for this!
I am going to print this out right now!
Hugs and love on this Valentine's Day, my lovely friend. : )

mamasmercantile said...

They look delicious. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Creations By Cindy said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you sweet lady. Ooh...they look too pretty to eat. I appreciate the recipe. Going back to pin that one. Have a SWEET day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

These sound decadent! Happy Valentines Day to you!!

Henny Penny said...

Happy Valentine's Day! This post is so sweet and so pretty! I could never bake a cupcake and get it to turn out like yours. It looks delicious.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love that a balanced diet means a cupcake in each hand! Back in the day when my boys were really little and didn't know how to count quite yet, I would tell them that they could have two cookies for snack. Of course they didn't really have the concept of 'two' at that point and I resorted to the 'one for each hand' thought. Well....that stuck in our family and even when they were in late high school and someone new came into our house they were told that they could have 'one for each hand'. I think your cupcakes would have gone over really well then, as they would now!

Margie said...

I'd love one of your yummy cupcakes. We had a candygram exchange at work and I ended up eating wayyyyy to many sweets plus a slice of tasty chocolate cake! Happy Valentine's Day!

Lea said...

Love it, a cupcake in each hand! I do love cupcakes as they are just the right amount. Hugs to you sweet Stephanie!

Bonnie said...

Such a sweet surprise to hear from you sweet Stephanie!
Drooling over your pretty cupcakes so beautifully presented!
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Blessings to you. Bonnie

Mari said...

Oooh! Those are some classy cupcakes. They look wonderful.
Happy Valentines Day!

Kate Yetter said...

Oh so Yummy! I love fruit and desserts. These look elegant and just the thing to have with a cuppa tea.

Tamago said...

Oooh your cupcakes look sooo yummy! I don’t think I’ve encountered blackberry butter cream. Looks so good! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Stephanie, and your family!

Lorrie said...

Cupcakes are so delicious. Love the berry frosting idea.

hobbyloes said...

Your cupcakes look so delicious and tasty, we love blackberries.♥

krishna said...

Aww!! love those beautiful cupcakes..

Love and hugs n kisses..

Conniecrafter said...

My hubby was just saying that a lemon cake sounded good to him, I will have to see if he wants to give this a try :) Hope you have had a good week! Liked all the little cupcake sayings

Cheryl said...

Oh, how yummy! They are making me hungry. :) Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

Vee said...

They sure are pretty!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

These are so pretty, Stephanie! I am always looking for recipes using blackberries, as they grow rampant here. Thank you for sharing - I hope your Valentine's Day was sweet. Hugs xo Karen

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

Dear Stephanie...always a delight to stop by for a visit with you... These cupcakes look so delicious and beautiful too! {{smiles}} I just adore the pretty plates you served them on!

Hugs and love to you!

Olivia Bell said...

My, those do look delicious! I may have to make those next time I can find a deal on blackberries!

I laughed out loud about the quote, "A balanced diet is holding a cupcake in each hand" hahaha!!!

Lots of love and prayers for you, Mrs. Dunsdon!

Tamara said...

Hello sweet friend...

These look so delicious! May I pin? Such a fun post... It was so nice to see your comment on my blog. Thank you for coming by and saying hello. I hope you and your family are enjoying some lovely winter!

Hugs and blessings to you, Sweet Friend~

Tamara XOXO

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Belated Happy Valentine's Day to you!!
Your cupcake sounds delicious, and that frosting sounds wonderful!

Anne Payne said...

Yum!!! I kinda like cupcakes. ;-)

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