I have very fond memories of the 4th of July from growing up. Every year the town – think very small town, here – would have a parade, followed by a variety show on the town beach, then fireworks over the lake. It was really something to look forward to. Even though I now live 1,800 miles from where I grew up, I still try to make the holiday special.
Wild Blueberry Cupcakes
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour (stir before measuring)
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
2 c. granulated white sugar
4 lg. eggs
1 1/2 t. lemon extract
1 c. whole milk
3/4 c. dried wild blueberries*
* If the blueberries seem hard, then place them in a small bowl. Pour boiling water over berries. Cover bowl with a plate. Let sit for 15 minutes, then drain well. Liquid can be reserved for another use.
(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 standard muffin cups with muffin papers or foils.
(2) Place flour in a medium bowl. Whisk in baking powder and salt. Set aside.
(3) Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time and then lemon extract. Scrape down sides as needed.
(4) Gradually beat 1/3 of the flour, 1/2 of the milk, 1/3 of the flour, 1/2 of the milk, then the remaining 1/3 of the flour into butter mixture. Fold in berries.
(5) Carefully scoop batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Once done, place on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups and allow to cool completely before frosting. Decorate with your favorite lemon, almond, vanilla or cream cheese frosting recipe or with Nicole’s 2-Step Buttercream.
Nicole’s 2-Step Buttercream
requires a large food processor and a stand mixer
1 lb. unsalted butter, completely softened
5 c. confectioner’s sugar
3 c. heavy whipping cream
2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
(1) Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a large food processor. Start to combine. While food processor is running, add cream and extracts. Process until completely smooth. You may need to pause your food processor now and then.
(2) Once completely smooth, transfer to a large stand mixer and beat until fluffy and white.
Thanks, Nicole, for letting me share your recipe!