Friday, February 25, 2011

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes with POM Buttercream Frosting


In honor of Heart Health Month and Valentine's the people at POM Wonderful are holding a cupcake contest.  When I heard about this I was all in!  I love experimenting with new flavors and I love cupcakes, for me, this was a win win situation.  I get to try a new product, well new to me, and I get to make cupcakes!  Why not enter?  Not only would I have a sweet treat to enjoy and share for Valentine's but POM offered to donate $1.00 to the American Heart Society for every recipe entered.

When I came across this contest I was so excited; the hardest part was deciding what kind of cupcake to make.  I had countless for different flavor combinations; some including chocolate while others included lighter flavors such as lemon and blueberries.  I decided to make a recipe with a lighter tasting recipe to compliment the POM buttercream frosting.  This cupcake is wonderful alternative for dessert since there is so much chocolate during the month of February, you can't have Valentine's without chocolate!  The cupcake was light and fluffy and full of flavor; the sweetness of the blueberries and sharp, tartness of the lemon topped off by the buttercream with a hint of sharp pomegranite flavor, absolutely delicious.  This is a dessert that hits every sense on your palette and leaves completely satisfied...except for the fact that you could continue eating until there are absolutely no cupcakes left!  Isn't that the problem with every dessert though, it's just so good that you don't want to stop eating?  That's why they say eat dessert first!  This is one dessert you don't have to feel guilty about because it's got fruit, so it's completely healthy and good for you, just like drinking a diet coke cancels all the fast and calories from eating a Big Mac with large fries...haha!

The POM Wonderful, pomegranite concentrate, was wonderful.  I tested it by itself and the flavor was absolutely wonderful.  I have also visited their website to get ideas for more recipes to use this product, I can't wait to use this in savory dishes.  I know this will add tons of flavor, without all the work, and result in a wonderful dish.  This is a great way to add more flavor and a different flavor to your meal without a lot of added expense.  I know I'm always looking for new ways to add flavor and I have definitely found a product that does just that. 

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes with POM Buttercream Frosting



Ingredients:


For the cupcakes-

1 1/2 Cup cake flour
1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 Medium egg
2/3 Cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk
3 Teaspoons lemon zest
3 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup blueberries*

POM Buttercream Frosting-


2 Sticks butter, room temperature
3 Cups powdered sugar
1/4 Teaspoon lemon zest
4 Tablespoons POM concentrate

*To ensure the berries stay whole and do not discolor the batter, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.  This will ensure they stay whole while stirring them into the batter.



Directions:

For the cupcake-

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; whisk and set aside.

Place butter in a bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment beat the butter for 30 seconds on medium-high. Add the sugar and beat until creamed, about 1 minute. Add the egg, lemon zest, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Alternate the dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting with the dry ingredients and ending with the buttermilk. Once ingredients are incorporated remove batter from the mixer and add the blueberries and gently stir the berries in.

Spoon 1/4 cup of the batter into each cupcake liner. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove and place on cooling rack, let cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting-

Place butter in a bowl of a stand mixer, fit the mixer with the whisk attachment and beat the butter for 30 seconds on medium-high. Add the lemon zest, powdered sugar and POM concentrate and whisk on medium-high until all ingredients are incorporated and until fluffy.

Place in a piping bag and frost cupcakes as desired.

Product disclosure:I was contacted by Kristen from POM Wonderful, who asked if I would be intersted in in having a bottle of POM Wonderful, pomegranite juice concentrate, to try for myself.  Since I have been interested in this product for quite sometime, and since I love pomegranite, I knew this would be a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of.  I received a bottle of POM Wonderful for free, in exchange I amy trying/testing the product in many recipes and writing my own recipes including this product. 

Recipe Source: A Lynsey Original

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