Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes

It’s Kitchen Improv!!!

Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

Have you ever watched Chopped on The Food Network?  It’s one of my favorite shows!  How those chefs combine 4 totally obscure ingredients in the most cohesive way in 20 minutes is mind blowing to me!  And though I’d love the challenge, it would take me days to figure out how to put them all together!

Luckily for me, I’ve found a more reasonable, realistic, and fun version of this concept.  It’s called The Improv Cooking Challenge.  And it is hosted by Kristen from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  If Kristen is a harried homemaker, you would never know it.  She’s a wonderful chef, baker, blogger, mother, whose site is filled with amazing recipes for “family style cooking, frugal tips, and an occasional random post”.  And it is awesome!

The premise of The Improv Cooking Challenge is that each month we are given 2 ingredients to incorporate into a recipe of our choice.  I can do that!  This month, we were to utilize lemons and sour cream.  A fabulous combination!  Let me show you how I worked them into a scrumptious and lemony cupcake filled with a creamy lemon and blueberry filling.  Hopefully, I won’t be hearing Kristen say, “Chef Anne, you’ve been chopped!”


Lemon juice is used in the preparation of these moist lemon cupcakes.  And both lemon and sour cream are the base of this luscious, creamy filling and pudding like topping.


Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

Yields12 cupcakes

Level of Difficulty:  easy



  • 1 stick  of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until they are pale and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Fold the flour mixture into the butter and sugar.  Then stir in the lemon juice and zest. 

Spoon the mixture into a standard 12 tin muffin pan lined with paper cups.  I used silicone heart shaped cups lightly sprayed with baking spray.  Bake for 18-20 minutes until light golden in color and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

I used a cupcake coring gadget to hollow out holes in the center of the cupcakes.  Just press down and give a twist:


Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

This will give you a nice little well to fill with your sweet cream filling:


Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart


  • 2/3  of a cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon curd
  • 2/3 of a cup of blueberries
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Combine the sour cream and lemon curd in bowl.  Whisk until smooth and creamy.  This may be made a day in advance.  But do not add the blueberries until you are ready to fill the cupcakes.  Then simply fill the centers of these lemon cupcakes with the blueberry sour cream filling and spoon a bit on the top.  Garnish with a cutout from the cupcake core, an additional blueberry or two, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.


Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

Thanks again to Kristen from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for being such a gracious hostess and for all her hard work on behalf of this group of adventurous bloggers.  And please check out everyone’s awesome creations.


Lemony Blue Heart Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart




    • Anne says

      Whew! Kristen….thanks again for all your wonderful efforts in pulling this group together! You are the best and I’m really looking forward to next month’s challenge! : )

  1. says

    I’ve never seen the show Chopped before, but I may have to start watching it, it sounds really interesting.
    These cupcakes look amazing, I love lemon-blueberry things!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Ryan! I love the lemon blueberry thing, too! Instead of Chopped…you should check out Kitchen Improv!!! : )

  2. says

    I do like what you have done here. The flavors of lemon and blueberry are awesome together. These cupcakes look so fluffy and light. Also, very creative touch with the little hearts. Great post for improv!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Tina! Those little hearts….well I didn’t want to waste the piece of cake that came out of the middle of the cupcake!!! ;- )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Rachel! It was a fun challenge! I loved the ingredients this month, didn’t you?! And since this was my first month in Improv…..I loved meeting my fellow Improvers! : )

  3. says

    I agree it would take me days to figure out what to make with 4 ingredients from a basket. It takes me a while to figure out what to make for the ICC! I pour over cookbooks and brainstorm before I finally figure out what to make.

    Your cupcakes are pretty!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Robyn! And I am like you! When I think of anything I want to make….I have to look at a number of sources! Good thing we had a month to prepare! : )

  4. says

    These are so cute! Your decoration is gorgeous, and your photography puts me to shame :) Wonderful recipe, I am so glad I joined this challenge! My wife would love the blueberries in your little hearts.

    • Anne says

      Thanks Kiri! These would be a great dessert after your wonderful mahi with lemon and that awesome ricotta spinach! : )

  5. says

    Yummy filling, very different and yes very creamy. You are so good at this, but if by some wierd change you’re chopped I’m staging a protest and will “Occupy” Kristen’s kitchen.

    • Anne says

      Okay Sandra……but we better drag over one of your dessert tables…..so we’ll have something exciting to occupy us when we occupy! ;- }

    • Anne says

      Thanks Tara! If we get chopped….we’ll just have to console ourselves with some of your wonderful lemony stuffed peppers!!! : )

  6. says

    Simply gorgeous! I love seeing what everyone is coming up with–and I know these would go over very well at my house. Chopped is an interesting show, but some of those ingredients are ridiculous. :)

    • Anne says

      Thanks Cathy! Isn’t fun to see what others have made….and I love being introduced to new blogs! But your lemon braided bread…..is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time! I’m still in awe!!! : )

  7. says

    Nope, definitely won’t get chopped. These are so pretty! They would be perfect for this coming Valentine’s day as well. You know, I’ve never thought about it, but you’re right, this is very much like chopped, except we don’t get so stressed out. I doubt I can come up with anything at the spur of the moment and my hands would be shaking too much to even stir anything. Nope. Improv is the way to go for me.

    • Anne says

      Thanks Ping! I’m making these cupcakes do double duty for Valentine’s Day! This is definitely a kinder version of chopped. Just two reasonable ingredients….a month to throw them together….and no one gets chopped! I’d be a wreck on that show, too! Ping…so glad to have found your lovely and amazing blog and I look forward to following you in the future! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Beti…..and I have to tell you…..you have a new fan! You have such an amazing blog! I don’t know where to begin. But that vanilla fudge cake with the pecans….amazing! : )

  8. says

    You know Ann, seeing the word Lemony already got my heart beating faster, what more after looking at the pics of the cakes, I am like “OH oh oh” what lovely and wonderful cakes, simply gorgeous and that deco is all the more tempting.

  9. says

    Hello Anne!

    Your heart cupcakes are the sweetest, most delicious looking treats ever! What a lovely place you have here! So nice stopping by to visit with you.

    Kindly, Lorraine

    • Anne says

      Kelly….you are too sweet! Admittedly, I am a terrible artist….but the thing about dessert making and photography is that it let’s me dabble in a field I am otherwise horrible at!!! And …I’ve got this sickness when it comes to cupcake papers…..I can’t get enough!!! : – o

  10. says

    Fantastic, Anne! You most definitely wouldn’t have been chopped for these! I love that show, too! Whenever they put out the ingredients, we’d pause the TV and I’d take about a minute to think about it and then tell Honey Bunny what I’m making. I would love to see them do a “home cooks” version! The cupcake core-y thing-y is awesome!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Ann! I do the same thing! (only with the dessert round, though!) And you could give me till the end of the show and I still would need more time! I’d love a home cooks version as well! They once had cafeteria ladies on cooking. But as you can imagine, they were pretty quick and creative, too! Let’s write to the network……I’d cheer you on!!! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Pam! I love that little corer thingy, too. You press the gadget after you take it out of the cupcake and the cored cake pops right out! And I used a tiny fondant cutter in the shape of a heart to make the ‘crouton’! LOVED your creamy chicken and rice dish and am going to try and make it next week….so I can have plenty of leftovers for my lunch!!! : )

  11. says

    Hi Anne… sorry to be late to comment, but I’m glad to see your cupcakes in all their glory. I wish I could see them for real… : ) They look fabulous and I bet the lemony flavor tastes wonderful against the blueberries. :) I love that little cupcake “hole” maker. Very cook gadget. Hope you’re having a great weekend… Happy Sunday! ~ Ramona :)

    • Anne says

      Thanks Ramona….and no need to apologize….I’m in the weeds again, too! The weekends are so short! Coming over to visit in a few. Happy Sunday and I hope you have a great week! : )

  12. says

    I was going to comment on this and then it snowed and then Seattle shut down and then over 200 thousand people lost power and Julian hadn’t been to school in over a week and Henry got sick and now I’m sick lol! Ok the point being is I could use one of these cupcakes with lemon and blueberries and a little heart on it. Looks amazing and I’m sure it taste just as awesome.

    • Anne says

      Awww Susie…..I’m sorry you’ve been having such a rough time. I hope you and your family are feeling better soon and hopefully you were not without power for too long! If I could….you know I would deliver a box of these to all of you! Thanks for your note….you are always so sweet! : )

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