Tuesday Treats... lemon cupcakes and blackberry frosting

I'm sorry you all have to bear with me another week of either dessert either with lemon or blackberry. I really do have tons of lemons to use up, but after this week, I will change the main ingredient, I promise! Plus I have leftover blackberry jam and doesn't that sound like a lovely combination lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting. I missed doing my usual Tuesday Treats for you lovely ladies, 
but back and ready to give you a great recipe!

First gather your ingredients for the cupcakes. This recipe calls for 24 cupcakes so feel free to half this recipe if you don't want to eat all of them in one night ;-) You need 3 sticks of butter (eck I know but the results are amazing!),  3 cups of cake flour (must be cake flour, not all purpose flour), 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 cups of sugar, 5 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, zest from 2 lemons, 1 cup buttermilk. If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make it yourself before you start this recipe. You need one cup milk and stir in one tablespoon of lemon juice, then let the mixture stand for 5-10 minutes. It should curdle and then stir. Remember if you are making your own buttermilk that is a separate ingredient all together. You will still have to add the lemon juice as mentioned in the cupcake mixture.

Now you are ready to make the cupcake mixture! First put cupcake liner in your cupcake tin,
preheat the oven 325 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar together and cream it for a good 4-5 minutes, which will result in a
light and fluffy mixture.

While it is mixing, in a separate bowl combine all your dry ingredients, the flour, the baking soda and powder. Then go back to your butter and sugar mixture, and with the machine running, add the eggs one at a time, give the mixture a good beating after each egg addition.

After all 5 eggs are incorporated, add the vanilla, lemon juice and zest.

Then slowly add in the dry ingredients into the wet batter alternating with the milk and completely mix all the ingredients together.

You can use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into your cupcake liners or fill them with a spoon until almost to the top of the liner.

Don't worry about batter spilling out, these cupcakes don't rise as much as other batters. Pop your cupcakes into the oven for a 20-25 minute bake, then take them out and let them cool completely before you frost!

For your frosting, gather your ingredients together. You need 2 sticks of butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of blackberry jam, 6 cups of powdered sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of milk or cream if you want a creamy texture.

If this sounds like a ton of frosting, feel free to cut the recipe in half!
 Beat the butter and vanilla together until creamy.

Then add the blackberry jam.

Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well between each addition.

Then add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. You can spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes or you can put the frosting in a pastry bag and decorate your cupcakes this way. 

For an extra special treat today, I decided to make candied lemons as a decoration for these cupcakes. You can stop here if you just want to eat them and enjoy!

To make candied lemons, you need 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and thin slices of lemon.
You need to boil water in a medium sized saucepan, get the water to a rolling boil. The 1 cup mentioned above is not for this part of the recipe.

Remove from heat and add the lemon slices (you are doing this to soften the lemon slices). Leave the lemon slices in the water for 1 minutes then immediately pull it out and put them into an ice bath then drain.

In a skillet, add the 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar and boil to get the sugar dissolved. 
When the water mixture is clear, reduce the heat. Add the lemon slices, one by one in a single layer. Let the lemon slices simmer for about 1 hour until the rinds are translucent.

After an hour, take the lemon slices out of the sugar mixture and let them cool on
 a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer.

Then add as decoration to these cupcakes.

 Then eat, enjoy and smile! I'll be back tomorrow with some more vacation photos, until
then kisses to all you lovely ladies! 


Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

I'm perfectly fine (loving) with dessert containing lemon..so keep em coming! This sounds so yummy Meg! I have been having a major cupcake craving recently..I need to get my cupcake fix!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Wow! They look so pretty! And don't worry...you can post anything lemon or blackberry as LONG AS YOU WANT. I love them and I'll never get tired of recipes that use them. :)

Camylla Leonardi said...

That looks so delicious!
I love the lemon garnish on top!

Lots of love

Amanda said...

YUM! You're killing me with this because they look phenomenal!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

These look amazing! I love the lemon garnish! Thanks for sharing!

Danielle said...

Yum, yum, yum! I love lemon so feel free to keep the recipes coming. These cupcakes sound delicious - especially when topped with the blackberry icing!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness! YUM!! I can't wait to try that Meg, it looks so delicious!

Anonymous said...

WOW! This all looks AMAZING!! Thanks for the follow, I am not following you! :-)

Allison said...

Yum! Please send some my way!

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

Another great recipe Meg! Yumm!!


Cat said...

My, these sound {and look!} delicious! Lemon is such a great flavor. You are such a great froster ... your finished cupcakes look so professional!

♥ Cat brideblu

Alexa said...

Oh that looks delish! Perfect for summer too!

birdie to be said...

YUM! These look delish! Great flavor combo!

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

YUM! I am loving lemon lately, so refreshing in the summertime. I posted a recipe for lemon linguine today!

sherri lynn said...

These look great! I am all for more lemon recipes! :)

Anonymous said...

oh wow meg, these look yummy!! send me a box (or ten) :)

Amanda @ Maggiano Takes Austin said...

aww those look SO yummy!!!!

Caitlin C. said...

These look SO delicious!!!

Lilly's Style said...

Oh these look SO yummy!

Rebecca said...

this looks divine! make me so hungry =]

Sarah said...

These look so yummy and summery! Great job!

Stephanie said...

All I have to say is YUM!!!

M @ Cupcakes and Cardigans said...

Yum! I must try these. I recently made coffee cupcakes but they didn't really taste like coffee!

Ashley said...

I;m currently racking my brain for an excuse to make these! YUM!

Val said...

I would love a dozen of these right now!

www.StarHughes.com said...

These look and sound sooooo good! I love the idea of mixing some blackberry frosting with the lemon cake - delicious!!!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

I'd never tire of lemon desserts and these are wonderful! Love the creative blackberry frosting. I'd love to have you stop on over to my weekend foodie blog hop and share this and any recipe from any date. 8 blogs are featured each week and you'll bring some nice additions to the party! See ya!

Lindsay With An "A" said...

WOWZA! These look incredible!! And perfect for summer :) Thanks for the blog love.... I really appreciate it!

sheryl said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
I hope to see you there!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Yum! They sound so good!