June 24, 2009

Blueberry Mint Cupcakes


Ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, at room temperature
3 sprigs peppermint leaves, lightly crushed
blueberry vanilla bean frosting

Directions:
Allow the mint to seep in the milk for at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease and flour 6 wells in a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the butter mixture. Mash the blueberries in a small bowl with a potato masher until pretty well squished. Strain the milk into to the bowl and mix it with the blueberries. Add the mixture the rest of the batter and mix until well combined and fluffy looking. Fill each well 2/3 of the way full. Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted the center of a cupcake comes out clean or with just one or two dry crumbs. Cool briefly in the pan, then remove cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely before icing with blueberry vanilla bean frosting.




My thoughts:
I don't know if I have had blueberries and mint together before but they grow side by side in my yard so I thought I'd give it a shot. It turns out it is a pretty tasty combination. The mint isn't overpowering, it just adds a cooling note to the sweet fruity cupcakes. They are light and fresh tasting, perfect for a summer cupcake.

14 comments:

  1. Wow beautiful and dlecious. Love the frosting.

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  2. Never would have thought to use peppermint and blueberries together- it looks wonderful. And the more frosting the better!

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  3. The plate matches the papercups...

    mint and blueberries sounds wonderful!

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  4. Lovely cupcakes, love the frosting, looks sooo good!

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  5. These sound like such a delicious summer treat. Can't wait to try them for myself.

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  6. I love when you experiment with cupcakes! Def wanna try out that blueberry vanilla bean frosting! Yum!
    Clara @ iheartcuppycakes!

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  7. Bet mint is fabulous with blueberries... plus, who can resist a cupcake anyhow??

    Gorgeous, besides!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. These sound delicious!

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  9. Oh my gosh, I have blueberries and mint in my yard and this is the perfect recipe for me. I don't have enough blueberries to make a pie, but I have plenty to make this! Thanks!! :D

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  10. Looks just delicious....blueberry and mint...very interesting. Nice pictures.

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  11. These are so pretty, though I have to admit I would leave out the mint...

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  12. As others have also commented, I've never thought of this combination before but both are favourite flavours of mine. Gotta give this a try.

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  13. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made the cupcakes and was astounded at how delicious the mint-blueberry combination was. I also made the blueberry-vanilla bean frosting but liked the cupcakes so much that I almost felt the frosting detracted from the cake. Although I loved the pastel color of the frosting, next time I'd be inclined to make a blueberry simple syrup glaze or something like that, a little less competition with the cake itself. Thanks again, this was a fun surprise.

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  14. Due to some flavor contamination at my local frozen yogurt shop, I am going to use blackberries instead. It tasted great with the mint and I'm sooo excited to see how these turn out!

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