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Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes are a super-fast dessert that tastes like you spent all day on it. This is a doctored cake mix recipe, and you can have this ready to go in under an hour. Bring those summery flavors out to play, but don’t spend all day in the kitchen wasting the sunshine!

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

You guys know that I’m usually a huge proponent of made-from-scratch cooking. I love the satisfaction of taking a bunch of ingredients and combining them to make something more. Bonus points if nothing I used came out of a box or a can. But seriously? Real life sometimes knocks me right on my “let’s dirty a million dishes and spend 6 hours in the kitchen today” butt. I’m sure it does for you too, but just because you can’t make something entirely from scratch doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a really killer dessert to serve!

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Enter these blueberry lemon cupcakes. Oh.Good.Gracious.

I’m in sunny Chicago right now at Eat Write Retreat, eating ALL the good foods and learning ALL of the awesome things, but I could go for one of these right now. If I thought they would’ve travelled well, I would’ve brought some out.

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Instead the Eat Write Retreaters had to settle for some homemade Rainier Cherry Liqueur. I’m sure they are super sad. 😉

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But I bet they would’ve loved these cupcakes ALMOST as much. What can I say? That liqueur is preeeeeeaaaaaty darn good.

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

If you don’t have lemon extract in your cupboard’s arsenal, go thee forth and get it. And now. Or order it from Amazon like I do. Free two-day shipping and I are besties. Forever. #PrimeForLife You can Try Amazon Prime’s 30-Day Free Trial here, and watch how fast the world is at your fingertips. I use it for birthday supplies and presents, Christmas shopping, most of my household goods, and diapers. OH THE DIAPERS. Love it.

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Love it almost as much as these cupcakes. Maybe even more, since I can use it to get almost all of the things I need to MAKE these cupcakes!

Need some more awesome cupcake ideas? I’ve got lots!

Fresh Cherry Cupcakes
Strawberry Stuffed Cupcakes
Marble Cupcakes
Scratch Hostess Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

These easy blueberry cupcakes are made with a doctored up box cake mix, and fresh cream cheese buttercream.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 1 box white cake mix, made according to package directions EXCEPT:
  • *add an extra whole egg and substitute milk for water
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries


  • 2 - 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract


  1. Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, milk, and lemon extract according to package directions (but with the extras and substitutions I detailed above), and gently stir in fresh blueberries.
  2. Place into lined cupcake tin filling 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool completely.
  3. Beat together all frosting ingredients until smooth, and pipe onto cupcakes. Top with a blueberry.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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Chi @twopickypigs

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

This looks amazing, your frosting looks super smooth :)

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

Thanks, Chi! It was awesome! Let me know if you try it!

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