Miss Meghan in the Kitchen with a Wooden Spoon

Courtesy of Meghan Murdock
Courtesy of Meghan Murdock

The other day I tried to remember a time when there wasn’t a cupcake shop on every corner. Come on, you know what I’m talking about. They’re like the new Walgreens!

But as delicious as those store-bought cupcakes are, with their mile-high, twirly frosting and insanely delicious flavors, I love baking up a batch of marvelous cupcakes in my own kitchen.

It’s fun to tie my pink polka dot apron around my waist, turn on the radio and spend the afternoon in the kitchen. Please tell me I’m not the only one who uses a wooden spoon as a microphone and dances around the room?

There is something so relaxing and soothing about being in the kitchen. After a stressful day, I like focusing my entire attention on measuring out cups of sugar and teaspoons of salt. It’s comforting to fill the cupcake liners up evenly and make straight rows of cookies.

I hope no one here has a stressful week, but if so, why not try a new recipe this weekend? It’s fun and at the end you have a lovely treat for yourself.

Here is the recipe for Key Lime Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting from BakedPerfection.com. They were so delicious and a perfect springy treat to welcome the new season! I highly recommend them!

Key Lime Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting
recipe from Baked Perfection

makes 30 cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons key lime juice
zest of two limes
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or paper-line 30 baking cups.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla, key lime juice and lime zest; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely and frost as desired.

Blackberry Buttercream
recipe from Baked Perfection

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup blackberry filling (seedless blackberry jam or preserves can be substituted)
pinch of salt
6 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Mix in blackberry filling and salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.

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