Molly the Baker is home for a visit with equally talented baker Lein!  The girls made some amazing cupcakes for us tonight as we celebrated.

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Cupcakes:

1 c. unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 c. sugar

4 eggs at room temperature

4 tsp. vanilla extract

3 c. flour

4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 c. buttermilk

2 lemons for zest and juice

Blueberry Filling:

2 c. frozen blueberries

3/4 Tbsp. water

1/4 c. sugar

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line 2 muffin pans (12 each) with cupcake liners.  Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar on medium high until creamed (about 3 minutes) scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat on medium high until combined about 2 minutes, again scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Slowly add dry ingredient mixture into wet ingredients over 3 additions, beating on low.  The batter is thick!  Beat in buttermilk, lemon juice and zest, and continue to blend on low until combined.  Avoid overworking the batter, being sure to stop as soon as it appears uniform.

Spoon batter into cupcake liners.  Bake 18-20 minutes.  Test with toothpick for doneness.

Cool completely before filling and frosting.

Meanwhile make compote by 1 cup of the blueberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan.  Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat.  Add in remaining blueberries and cook an additional 8 minutes.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

2 blocks cream cheese, softened

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

4 c. sifted confectioner’s sugar

Zest of 2 lemons and juice of 1

Beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth, about 5 minutes. Beat in lemon zest and juice.

Carefully cut center of cupcake to make room for the filling, careful to save a “lid” to put on top of filling.

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Pipe cream cheese frosting on top.

Watch everyone’s delight when they reach the yummy center!

Thank you Molly and Lein!

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