Blueberry & White Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes






Yes. The rumours are true. Great Britain has FINALLY been hit with Summer! And yes, it is BEAUTIFUL. Of course, knowing our luck it will only last a grand total of about 3.5 days, but whilst it's here I am enjoying each and every second.

So, what better way to celebrate summer than with a light and refreshing Blueberry cupcake topped in white chocolate buttercream? Yeah, ice cream WHAAAT? The fact that they contain Blueberries, the ultimate superfood, makes you feel that little bit better for eating them mid-bikini season.

These are the perfect post-BBQ treat, and they make for a great centrepiece on the garden table. Motivation to get through the burgers and fries, if you like. Not only that, but they're super easy to make. I'll just mention that you should really try and find the best quality white chocolate to use, because this will be instrumental in how the frosting turns out!

For my recipe and instructions, click below. Wherever you are in the world, I hope the sun is shining!


Ingredients
SPONGE:
-150g self raising flour
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 90g ground almonds (optional)
-120g butter at room temperature
-180g caster sugar
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-zest of half a lemon
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons plain yoghurt
- 120g blueberries

FROSTING:
- 150g white chocolate
-110g butter
-300g icing sugar
-1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk

TO DECORATE:
- several blueberries
- blueberry jam

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Don't forget to scrape down the sides to get all the ingredients in!

2. Add in the lemon zest, followed by the eggs and beat well after each addition.

3. In another bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder, and gradually stir in the almonds if you'd like to include them. Add these dry ingredients to the original butter/sugar mixture above.

4. Fold in the blueberries, being careful not to over mix and burst them, and then divide the mixture between 12 muffin cases, making sure that the blueberries are evenly spread.

5. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Once out of the oven, place the cupcakes on a rack to cool completely.

6. Whilst the cupcakes are cooling, you can make a start on the white chocolate buttercream. Beat the butter and icing sugar together until pale and fluffy (you may need to use your fingers for this if the butter isn't warm enough!)

7. Fill a small pan with boiling water and place on the hob. Then break up the white chocolate and put this in a smaller pan, and hover it over the water, making sure that it doesn't actually touch the water (if it does, the chocolate may burn).

8. Once completely melted, add the white chocolate to the butter/icing sugar mix and whisk together with an electric whisk, until all of the ingredients are well combined.

9. If the frosting isn't quite the consistency you'd like to be and is too thick, just thin it down with the tablespoon of milk. Bear in mind that if you want to pipe your icing, you don't want it to be too runny!

10. Heat a small amount of blueberry jam in a pan so that it softens up a bit. Once you've covered your cupcakes in frosting, add a small amount of the jam on top and let it drizzle down the sides.

11. Decorate with a few of your leftover blueberries and enjoy with a nice cup of tea! :)

22 comments:

Katharina said...

It looks absolutely delicious! I'm so glad that the summer arrived here in Europe. Hopefully, it will stay for a few days.. (Cause you live in Great Britain..) Will you watch the Olympics live?
Katharina from →le cours des choses

Miss K said...

The cupcakes look so perfect and delicious. I like the photography too.

Enjoy the summer! xo

Meg said...

Yumm! Loving your blog! Xo

Anna said...

How yummy do they look?! Reading your blog always inspires me to get creative in the kitchen. I might just have a bake-off this afternoon!
Anna

http://opshopaholic.blogspot.co.nz/

Naptime Review said...

Yum! Such tasty treats you have here!

What a cute blog! Just found you from July's hop. Still going down the list looking for some good reads.

Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can! Also hosting Mom's Monday Mingle tonight and tomorrow. Love to have you link up! Last week we had close to 250 blogs. Hope to see you there!

www.thenaptimereview.com

Jennifer said...

Oh. My. Goodness. These look amazing!! I'm going to start throwing little parties once I move into my new house, so these will definitely be on the list :)

Julie said...

Yum! These cupcakes look delicious. I'm digging your blog so I am your newest follower via GFC. I'd love for you to check out my blog and follow back. :) Also, I am hosting a Monday party right now (it's open until Thursday) and I'd love for you to link these cupcakes up.

Julie
www.jamscorner.com

Lauren Jade said...

Oh my goodness these look divine! xx

http://laurenjadem.blogspot.co.uk

Lauren van Schijndel said...

Those cupcakes look to die for! Perfect way to celebrate Summer indeed(:

much love,
Lauren xoxo

Samantha said...

can these look anymore delicious! thanks for sharing :) it's definitely an ideal summer treat.

xo, samantha
sammyblackwood.com

Amy Parker Anderson (Parker Etc) said...

Um, these look AMAZING! Blueberry AND white chocolate buttercream?!

Look forward to 'brunching' with you tomorrow. So glad you can join our discussion!

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Amy
www.ParkerEtc.com / www.BlogBrunch.com
@ParkerEtc / @BlogBrunch

Kim said...

I'm in heaven..this looks like perfection in cupcake form.

-kim
found the route

Seemal Khalil said...

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Julie said...

Thank you so much for sharing these cupcakes on Marvelous Mondays! I will be featuring them tomorrow on my features post. Be sure to stop by and check it out! :)

Julie

jessica said...

yummy! and I love that polka dot cup! :)

Treasure Tromp said...

oh my! those look amazing!

Holly Knitlightly said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh man these look & sound SO delicious. I'm SO glad that I stumbled upon your blog!!

Mindy Harris said...

safia, i'm from the united states (kansas) and the sun absolutely is shining here but it's a bit too hot...like 105+!
new to your blog and follow thru GFC.
i hope you have time to come check out mine and follow sometime.
xoxo

I am Megan said...

Oh these sound delicious! Licking my lips off

TayloreJazmine said...

Your blog makes me hungry, I now want to rub cupcakes all over my body. Thanks lol

http://missbitchxox.blogspot.com

Becca said...

Yum!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I must make it :)

emily said...

Hi these cupcakes look utterly delicious and I will be making them for my birthday along with some chocolate orange ones and Ella valentines mouth watering lemon and white chocolate cupcakes (must try if you haven't already!) I love this blog, it has told me lots of new things about baking and helped me love it even more! Something which I didn't know was possible LOL! Thank you so much x