The 4th of July is upon us already! I'm not sure why 2010 is in such a hurry to rush on by, but I do wish that she would slow down just a bit. I had big plans for this week, some favorite salads and cocktails and desserts to share with you before the holiday weekend ahead of us. But, well, time flew.
I did manage to share one dessert with you, and here is a second. The first was somewhat healthy, this one is not. Both are delicious, and either would make a nice addition to your picnic, bar-be-que, or party. How to choose...
I am keeping things short and sweet today, because I have family in town! That means wandering shops on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, stopping for gelato, lunch on a patio, pampering with my Momma, vinho verde on the back deck, sausages on the grill. And that's just today! Oh, the weekend we'll have.
I hope that yours is just as lovely. What are your plans? (I really do want to know!)
Perhaps you could make these cupcakes? Lemony and chock-full of bright bursts of blueberry, they absolutely scream summer. You'll love them, I'm sure.
Blueberry Hill Cupcakes with Blueberry Glaze
cupcakes from bon appetit, glaze from bella eats
I've heard good things about the frosting that accompanies this recipe on bon appetit, but wanted something lighter and with a bit of color. I bet a lemon buttercream or a lemon glaze would also be really delicious. Also, my "glaze" originally started out as a full-blown buttercream frosting. I frosted one cupcake, but found the very sweet topping to be very overpowering. The cake itself is so delicious that you really want to let it shine.
- 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk or low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries, frozen for 4 hours
- 2-3 tablespoons blueberry puree (about 1/2 cup blueberries, pureed and strained if desired...I did not strain)
- 4 tbsp butter (1/2 stick), room temperature
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350* F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners. Sift flour and next 4 ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk the melted butter and oil in a separate, medium bowl. Add eggs; whisk to blend. Whisk in buttermilk, milk, vanilla extract, and zest. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients; whisk just to blend. Stir in frozen blueberries.
- Divide batter among liners. Bake cupcakes until a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 23-27 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to racks; cool.
- Beat butter in electric mixer with whisk attachment until creamy. Add about 1/2 the sugar slowly. Add 2 tbsp of the blueberry puree and continue whisking to blend. Add the last of the sugar and whisk to blend. Taste, and add more blueberry puree if desired. You want the consistency to be like a loose buttercream; easy to spread but also easy to control (you don't want it running down the sides of your cupcakes).
- When the cupcakes are nearly cool, brush them lightly with the glaze. You will find that the glaze will harden nicely in about an hour.
- Keep stored at room temperature in an air-tight container.