Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vanilla~Blueberry Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes as a "Thank You" to my parents-in-law for standing in line to get my book signed by Ree Drummond.

The fresh blueberries at the grocery store were my inspiration for these cupcakes.  I used my vanilla cupcake recipe as the base, added fresh blueberries to each individual cupcake, leaving the center without blueberries.  Then after they were baked and cooled, I filled them with a creamy mixture of natural blueberry spread and cream cheese.  They were topped with a chilled blueberry cream cheese frosting.  Another fresh blueberry on top for garnish lets you know who is the star of the show.

These should be kept in the refrigerator or the cream cheese frosting will melt off the cupcakes.  They were so fresh and flavorful!  I plan on using this same method to make vanilla~strawberry cupcakes when they are in season. 

Vanilla~Blueberry Cupcakes:

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
fresh blueberries

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with 16 paper liners. In a large stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl to thoroughly combine all the ingredients together.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the cream mixture, along with the milk, and mix until a smooth batter is formed. Use a large ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly into the cupcake liners, about 2/3 of the way full.  Push 3-4 blueberries around the perimeter of each cupcake batter, leaving the center open.

Bake for 14-18 minutes until golden brown and the cupcakes spring back to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Filling:

2 T cream cheese
3 T natural blueberry fruit spread

Use a hand mixer to cream together ingredients.  Refrigerate until ready to fill cupcake.

When the cupcakes have cooled completely, fill them with the blueberry cream cheese mixture. You can either pipe in the filling, or hollow out the center and spoon it in.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 stick unsalted butter, slightly softened
14 T cream cheese (use the rest of the cream cheese leftover from earlier)
3 T natural blueberry fruit spread
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar

Cream together the butter, cream cheese, and blueberry fruit spread just until combined.  Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar.  Beat just until incorporated.  Refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.

Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and top with a fresh blueberry.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Enjoy!


  1. Wow, I love the way these cupcakes look. They look fresh and light. Really delicious- great job.

  2. What a great thank you gift! I love the blueberry filled center - it just makes these so much more blueberry wonderful! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  3. I bet they LOVED getting these. I know I would. I like how you added the blueberry cream cheese in there too. Lookin good!

  4. Wow! These sound so good. We planted a blueberry bush and I hope that I get some fresh blueberries to make these this summer. I'm bookmarking this for sure :)

  5. blueberries always remind me of sprng

  6. Yum! I bought Pioneer Woman's new book, but sadly did not have it autographed.
    The cupcakes look awesome!
    Thanks for adding them to Cupcake Tuesday!

  7. oh my..those look amazing! i would be willing to stand in line knowing that these were the prize :) thank you for sharing this great idea to tuesday night supper club.

  8. I bet these are super yummy. The frosting sounds amazing!

  9. Hello!
    I just found this post via Sweet for Sunday link up #6. Your image looked really delicoius so I popped on over. I think these cupcakes are a great idea to use up fresh blueberries! I love how you've presented them.

  10. These sound amazing!

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on my Sweet Tooth Friday linky! http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/24/cream-cheese-brownies/

  11. What super nice in-laws...I'm jealous because Ree didn't come to my town :( But those cupcakes looks so friendly and yummy!

  12. Your cupcakes are just so pretty with those beautiful blueberry centers. Thanks for linking these up.

  13. Oh my! I bought blueberries this week, guess what I'm making!

  14. AnonymousJuly 05, 2013

    I have made these several times these are my favorite vanilla cupcakes to make for the forth of july I top them with raspberry buttercream

    1. Raspberry buttercream sounds great! So glad you like them.


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