Recipe: Lemon and blueberry cupcakes

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

These delicious blueberry and lemon cupcakes are topped off with a lemony cream cheese icing and finished with a simple sugared blueberry for the perfect special touch.

Perfect for birthdays, celebrations or even just because. Follow the steps below to make your own.

INGREDIENTS

For the cupcake batter:

• 1 2/3 cups plain flour
• 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 120g unsalted butter, softened
• 2/3 cup caster sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3/4 cup sour cream
• 1 tsp lemon zest
• 1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (plus extra for topping)

For the icing:

• 180g unsalted butter, softened
• 250g cream cheese, softened
• 2 2/3 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ tsp lemon zest

For the sugared blueberries:

• Handful blueberries (approximately 12 – one per cupcake)
• 1 egg yolk
• 1/3 cup vanilla sugar

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C fan-forced

2. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder into a bowl and add your salt

3. Beat button and sugar in an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until pale and fluffy

4. Add eggs, beating in between until each is combined

5. Add vanilla extract to your egg and butter mixture, then add sour cream and lemon zest

6. On slow speed, add your flour bit by bit until your cupcake batter is combined

7. Fold through blueberries

8. Line a 12 hole muffin pan with paper cases and pour your cupcake batter into the paper cases

9. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden then let cool completely

10. While your cupcakes are cooling, make your icing following insturctions below

ICING

1. With your electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese together for 2 minutes or until pale and fluffy

2. Slowly add your vanilla extract, lemon zest and icing sugar until combined

3. Prepare your sugared blueberries by coating blueberries lightly with egg yolk, then rolling in vanilla sugar

4. Once your cupcakes have cooled completely, top with icing and finish with a sugared blueberry

Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks

Gift Wrapping Tips

Gorgeous gifts deserve gorgeous gift wrapping. There are so many options to ensure your gifts are presented with style. Follow these tips and tricks to get started.

TOOLS YOU’LL NEED

• Wrapping Paper
• Scissors
• Double-sided sticky-tape
• Twine
• Wooden Alphabet Stamp Set

FLAG BUNTING

To create sweet bunting to adorn your gifts, use the polka dot side of your Wrapping Paper. Cut out small flags, making sure a polka dot is in the centre of each flag.

Next, cut a length of twine, and fold the top of the flags over the twine, securing with double-sided sticky tape. Tie this around your gift on an angle and finish with a handmade gift tag.

To make the gift tag, cut out a flag shape in white paper or card and join this onto a cutting from your Here & Now Wrapping Paper. Using your Wooden Alphabet Stamp Set, stamp the recipient’s name onto the white flag. Stick to your gift with double-sided sticky-tape. Gorgeous!

PAPER FAN

A stylish paper fan is a fun and simple way to present gifts with love. To start, wrap your present in double-sided Here & Now Wrapping Paper. Then, cut a strip of Wrapping Paper and use the opposite design to wrap around the gift length ways.

To make your paper fan, simply cut a square of Wrapping Paper and fold it back and forth in a concertina fan effect. Secure the middle with twine and fan out the sides. Then position in the centre of your gift and secure with twine. Simple and stylish.

VAMFF 2014

VAMFF2014

We’re so excited to continue to be the Official Fashion Stationery Partner of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) in 2014. This year we’re celebrating this partnership with a Limited Edition A5 Essential Fashion Notebook 3pk, featuring our favourite inspiring quotes in gorgeous gold foil.

Let the words of Leonardo Da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Yves Saint Laurent, set against soft pastels, inspire you to embrace creativity and style throughout the Fashion Festival and beyond. These Notebooks are the perfect slim, lightweight design to pop in your bag and capture notes and ideas as you fall in love with runway designs and more.

We also have a wonderful collaboration with three talented students from the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT to announce and we’ll be keeping you updated with more details soon to come.

Visit the VAMFF website here to book tickets and find out more and discover our Limited Edition A5 Essential Fashion Notebook 3pk here, coming soon online and in stores.

Our Story

Out Story

Our Story

Celebrate your wedding with that special someone and record your unique story in the pages of this beautiful book. From the moment you met, to the proposal, wedding, honeymoon and beyond.

Love filling in the fun prompts together, recalling special moments and sharing your thoughts and reactions from your first memories of the relationship. Add in beautiful photos and memorabilia, and capture all your favourite memories in one spot, perfect for sharing with loved ones in years to come.

In a stylish matte hard cover with silver foil detailing, this beautifully unique keepsake is the perfect way to celebrate your relationship.

Shop Our Story online here.