I’m really not a sports person.

I didn’t play sports. I don’t watch sports. And I’m ok with that.

The one exception is hockey. Taylor’s a hockey boy. He played hockey in high school, and now, it’s the one sport he enjoys and insists on watching. And I have to admit, I can sit and watch it too. Especially live. And especially when our team is rocking it.

The Nashville Predators may be a relatively new team, but for the first time in franchise history they’ve made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. And since they pulled off another win last night, there’s still hope they’ll make it to the semis.

We’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to attend quite a few games this season thanks to our neighbor, Mike, and so when he suggested I make some blue and gold cupcakes, some “Stanley Cupcakes”, I jumped at the chance. I am hoping I jumped prematurely and that we actually have a chance at the cup (in which case I’ll make a few dozen more!), but I didn’t want these cupcakes to go unacknowledged on the off chance we lose (that would be a real buzz-kill).

Of course, I hear blue and gold and immediately think blueberry and lemon, which is a fruity cupcake combination I have not yet tried. One hour and a dozen mini fondant hockey pucks later… voila! Stanley Cupcakes!

So there you have it. My first (and very possibly last) sports post. Go Preds!

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup oil

1 cup coconut milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon lemon juice

6 oz. fresh blueberries


Lemon Buttercream:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, room temperature

3 - 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice (or more to taste)

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 tablespoons heavy cream

food coloring, optional


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together sugar, oil, coconut milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until relatively smooth. Fill cupcake liners with a scant 1/4 cup of batter (should be just under 2/3 of the way full). Drop 5-6 blueberries into each cup. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.


For frosting, cream butter in electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until mixture is smooth. Add lemon juice and zest and mix until combined. Add cream and food coloring and mix at medium-high speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.


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  1. Gorgeous colors, great recipe!

  2. These are the cutest cupcakes! I bet they taste delicious too!

  3. I am a huge hockey fan, so I love these cupcakes! Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the Penguins have my heart, but I have been rooting for Nashville. I think you’ve got a good team there! Love the little fondant hockey pucks on top :)

  4. Lovely cupcakes. Terrible taste in teams. ;) (Love my Penguins!)

  5. I wish I could pipe as neatly as you; these look so pretty!

  6. Those cupcakes are beautiful & look delicious! Like you, hockey is one sport I watch…but, mostly because both my kids play the sport. They will love these cupcakes too!

  7. I have no interest in hockey but these are so gorgeous!

  8. These sound so yummy! I’m not a huge hockey fan, but I DO do cupcakes!! The little puck is adorable!!

  9. I am so utterly charmed by these cupcakes — just look at the little pucks! Absolutely too cute.

    Hockey can be really exciting, and I’m glad you’ve let yourself get into it for a minute. I’m always amazed by how fast, deft and athletic the players are on ice — I can barely stand up on ice skates, let alone stop on a dime, keep my balance and slash at a tiny puck. Amazing.

    Go Preds! Go cupcakes!

  10. My boyfriend is a big hockey fan too, but Buffalo got eliminated in the first round. No hockey cupcakes for me! Yours are super cute.

  11. Almost looks too good to eat, almost. :-) Yeah, I’m not really into sports either, but cupcakes, that is another matter.

    ~Brenda

  12. So cute Lindsay! I love the combo of blueberry and lemon so if the Preds keep going and you decide to whip up another batch, I’ll be happy to take some off your hands ;-)

  13. These look beautiful.

    …but… the predators are going down! Go Canucks Go! :)

  14. Haha!! Glad the Preds are doing well- I like to see fresh blood among the final teams. But I can’t be too happy… the BH is a MASSIVE hockey fan, and of course, since he hails from Boston, a Bruins fan. I’m with you- hockey is definitely my favorite sport to watch. Good luck! LOVE the idea of the Stanley Cupcakes!! I may borrow that if the Bruins make it :)

  15. Hmmm… I’m definitely cheering for the Canucks (the only Canadian team left in the playoffs) – does that mean I can’t have a cupcake?

  16. Oh my goodness!!! What a fun idea!!

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  17. I love blueberry and lemon! I’ll have to try and make my own cupcakes someday. I prefer hockey above most sports (although I played softball). Go Avalanche!

  18. Sorry the Preds didn’t make it to the next round :( Was so glad to see them finally get to the second round. Love these cupcakes though, and the small fondant hockey pucks are awesome, you should do a tutorial on them!

  19. Although I am not a fan of hockey (sorry!), I am a HUGE fan of cupcakes! And blueberries! I was very excited to see this recipe come up this week, and I made it tonight for my family. We are slowly working our way through the recipes on your blog, and we all agree that the base that you use is one of the best cakes we’ve ever had! The family agreed that this particular variation has topped the list. The wonderful burst of the blueberries with the zing of the lemon frosting is AWESOME! The cake is moist, but holds up very well to the moistness of the fresh blueberries. Please keep the wonderful recipes coming!

  20. Although I am not a fan of hockey (sorry!), I am a HUGE fan of cupcakes! And blueberries! I was very excited to see this recipe come up this week, and I made it tonight for my family. We are slowly working our way through the recipes on your blog, and we all agree that the base that you use is one of the best cakes we’ve ever had! The family agreed that this particular variation has topped the list. The wonderful burst of the blueberries with the zing of the lemon frosting is AWESOME! The cake is moist, but holds up very well to the moistness of the fresh blueberries. Please keep the wonderful recipes coming!

  21. I am not a sports fan either and lucky for me, my husband isn’t either. He would rather shop or watch movies than view sports. Love, love, love these little delightful gems! Great photos!!!!

  22. yes, it’s very pretty with the yellow and blue decoration !

  23. So the fact is I have to cheer for whichever Canadian teams make it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over these cupcakes.

  24. lol im not a sports fan either! all throughout elementary and high school i was athletically challenged :P lovely cupcakes btw, the way the photo was taken, the sprinkles looking popping!

  25. I found your blog on twitter! I love it! These cupcakes are so cute! I wish I could decorate cupcakes as beautiful as you do. Yum!

  26. Love your Stanley Cup cupcakes. However, as we’re from Boston, we’ll have to call them the Stanley Cup Champion Bruins Cupcakes!
    You guys are amazing!

  27. Can’t belive I stumbled upon this recipe. I too am not a sports fan but I LOVE my Predators and love cupcakes! I’m going to have to have a Predator’s party during one of their upcoming games so I can make these. Great idea and GO PREDS!!!

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