Patriotic Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Vanilla-Le
- 1 pkg
- patriotic confetti white cake mix (a white cake mix will do fine if you can't find any, it is seasonal)
- 1 1/4 c
- fresh blueberries
- 1 medium
- lemon zest, grated
- 1 c
- (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 3-4 c
- confectioners' sugar (sifted)
- 1/4 tsp
- powdered vanilla *see notes*
- 1 tsp
- reserved lemon zest
- 3-4 Tbsp
- of salt
Toss the blueberries with the reserved cake mix. This will ensure that the blueberries do not sink to the bottom of the cupcake. Fold in and ensure all cake mix has been incorporated. Set aside.
Sift your sugar, vanilla powder and salt, set aside.
In a medium bowl add your butter and proceed to cream. Cream in your reserved lemon zest, *at this point inhale the wonderful aroma of lemon and vanilla*
Gradually add the confectioner's sugar. Mixture will be very thick. Slowly add 1 tbls (15ml) of milk at a time till you have reached the exact consistency for piping/decorating etc.
So, enjoy my friends as I sample another cupcake... I mean, I must, I must make sure they are perfection, yes?
Definition: A vanilla flavored powder that is made by grinding dried vanilla beans into a fine textured powder. When heat is applied to the ingredients, Vanilla Powder holds its flavor better than a vanilla extract, making it best suited for flavorings used for foods that are heated in some manner, such as baked goods or tea and coffee. It is also a good flavoring to use with fresh fruits, with dry mixes or in any preparation that may need a light rather than a dark colored vanilla seasoning. For recipes, 1 tablespoon of pure Vanilla Powder is equal to 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Vanilla Powder may be somewhat difficult to find but can generally be located in some food stores, cake decorating supply stores, gourmet markets, and through specialty mail order services.