The first major party I hosted was in the Summer of 2006. It was a welcome back party for my sister, and I was going all out with the menu. This was at the peak of the cupcake craze, and I decided to serve three types of cupcakes. One of the cupcakes I was considering were these blueberry cupcakes. However, they didn't make the cut.

Fast forward four years and I click over to Epicurious and am met by a blast from the past — the blueberry cupcakes! With July and our blueberry month coming to an end, I took it as a sign and made them.

Now I'm telling you: these cupcakes are delicious! They're perfectly balanced, sweet but not overly so, with a hint of lemon adding a delightful tartness. The frosting is a rich maple buttercream that pairs well with the fluffy moist cake. If you need a special dessert, consider these cupcakes. Here's the recipe.

Blueberry Hill Cupcakes

Blueberry Hill Cupcakes


3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk or low-fat yogurt
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries, frozen for 4 hours
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 teaspoons (or more) whole milk
1 cup chilled fresh blueberries
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.
  2. Sift flour and next 4 ingredients into large bowl. Whisk melted butter and oil in medium bowl.
  3. Add eggs; whisk to blend.
  4. Whisk in buttermilk, milk, vanilla extract, and peel. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients; whisk just to blend. Stir in frozen blueberries. Divide batter among liners.
  5. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 23 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to racks; cool.
  6. For frosting: Combine first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Add 4 teaspoons milk. Using electric mixer, beat until well blended and fluffy, adding more milk by teaspoonfuls if dry (small granules of maple sugar will still remain), about 4 minutes. Spread frosting over top of cupcakes.
  7. Garnish cupcakes with chilled berries, and mint sprigs, if desired. Can be made 4 hours ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

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