Brightly flavored lemony cupcakes dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a lemony cream cheese frosting.


So. We have a fruit fly problem.

Which is to say, it’s not really the insects themselves that are the issue, but the fact that they seem to be exerting some sort of vengeance upon us. In bug bite form.


Why so vindictive, little arthropods?

Is it because The.Boy ate all of your bananas and I stored all the peaches and plums in the fridge (even though it pained me to do so) and apparently no one else on this floor has fresh fruit lying around, so you were entirely dependent on my stash and now it’s gone?

Is it allΒ really so bad that you feel compelled to bite us in inappropriate places? (The tops of my feet! The.Boy’s underarm! Is there no justice!?!)


Well, two can play this game. Because I took the last of the lemons and used them in these bright juicy luscious cupcakes.

So now there’sΒ really nothing for those six-legged fiends to munch on.

Last man, girl, or insect standing wins.


Although, all things equal, I’m pretty sure I already came out on top.

These cupcakes are seriously fabulous and worth turning on your oven in the middle of a 100+ degree heat index.

Plus, they aid in my second revenge tactic (plan B) which is hoping that one of those little buggers flies into the oven right before I shut the door and perishes on it’s fiery floor.

I mean, it hasn’t happened yet. But is this not a shameless excuse perfectly justifiable reason to get another batch of these cuties into my life? Methinks yes.


Whether you have a fruit fly problem or not, I urge you to make these. Fluffy, moist, and cream cheese frosting covered, they are everything you could want in a cupcake.

And more, given that I made them with Greek yogurt. So they are protein-filled to boot. #winning


Speaking of Greek yogurt, it is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with (and also to use as a substitute for all the things in life I detest, namely mayo and sour cream). It’s high in protein, calcium, and active bacterial cultures that aid in digestion. Plus it’s so absurdly creamy that you feel like you’re eating something decadent even when it’s totally good for you.

To get all of YOU excited about baking and cooking with yogurt, the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council has offered up a fabulous GIVEAWAY for you guys! One winner will receive a silicone solutions 6 piece baking set, I love Greek yogurt t-shirt, I love Greek yogurt cooler tote, and manufacturer coupons for FREE Greek yogurt. All you have to do to enter is:

For one entry – Like the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and leave a comment telling me what your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is.

For extra entries (one per action) – follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, and/or InstagramΒ and leave a comment for each of these that you do.

The winner will be chosen next Thursday (July 25th). Good luck!


One year ago…Summer Squash and Ricotta Galette

Two years ago…Noodles in Thai Curry Sauce

Three years ago…White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake

Four years ago…Chocolate Mousse Pie

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes
Brightly flavored lemony cupcakes dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a lemony cream cheese frosting.
Yield: 16 cupcakes
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • 1½ tsp baking posder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp 2% greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
For the frosting
  • 8 oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • fresh blueberries, to garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together ¾ cup flour, cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddles attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the lemon zest and mix to combine. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in the vanilla and lemon juice.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in half the dry ingredients mixture, mixing until just combined. Add in the greek yogurt and mix in. Add the remaining flour and mix until just incorporated.
  4. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining flour. Use a spatula to gently fold the blueberries into the cake batter. Divide the batter among the cupcake pans, filling each liner until it's about ¾ full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium-high speed. Add in the lemon juice and zest. Beat in the confectioners' sugar on low speed, increasing it as it combines with the butter and cream cheese. Beat until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes and then garnish with the fresh blueberries.
adapted from Annie's Eats
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake


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155 Responses to Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes {giveaway}

  1. Lemon-blueberry is taking over my life right now. We just made some muffins and are making pancakes this weekend! These cupcakes look awesome too. Love!

  2. My fav way to eat Greek yogurt is simply with fresh fruit in it! Oooor, to bake with it, of course πŸ™‚
    This blueberry lemon combo is the best!

  3. Ohhh love this! I’m a huge unadulterated Greek Yogurt Eater, but I think my favorite way to eat it is in my chocolate frosting!

  4. Tasha says:

    I use greek yogurt mostly with savory dishes, specifically as a sour cream replacement. But I do love to bake with it too.

  5. sofia says:

    liked and followed! i am into the yogurt bowl situation: fruit, nut butter, and oats. mix and enjoy.

  6. Kristi says:

    I really need to get to the grocery store. I have blueberries, but no milk, or Greek yogurt, or cream cheese. The essentials.

  7. I like the spoon to mouth method for greek yogurt!

  8. Erica says:

    What a wonderful combination,Joanne! I love Greek yogurt!

  9. Kathy says:

    Followed them on fb/twitter. I love a simple greek yogurt, plain with a bit of jam or balsamic and chopped veggies.

  10. @700words says:

    Hi Joanne,

    Loving the new blog, was away for a few days so I’ve just got a proper look on the laptop, and very pretty it is too!! Congratulations, it looks fabulous. As do these perfect little cakes, I can’t imagine a more fitting cake for the lovely summer weather.

  11. I just got done writing a blog post about how I don’t read dessert posts anymore because I never make them.

    But my husband’s birthday is in a couple of week and he would LOVE this cupcake. So I might break my own rule.

  12. Hey Joanne love the comination of flavors with this cupcake because I LOVE blueberrys and lemon together in anything! Super cupcakes!

  13. How pretty and delicious looking are these?! I have to start incorporating Greek yogurt into my baking activities, this is another great example of what I am missing! Wonderful post, thanks for sharing!

  14. Jordan says:

    Perfect summer cupcake! Love the combo of blueberry and lemon.

  15. P says:

    Such an adorable cupcake! I love lemon-flavored cupcakes :)!

  16. cquek says:

    So comforting and divine!!

  17. Johanna GGG says:

    cute cupcakes! bad fruit fly!

  18. I love blueberry and lemon together. And the fact that this has Greek yogurt means I’m giving myself permission to eat it for breakfast.

  19. These are gorgeous!! Wow!

  20. SallyBR says:

    Worthy of a bakery! Gorgeous cupcakes, I can imagine how good they tasted!

    I am also a huge fan of yogurt and a certified mayo-hater. Cannot even look at the bottle, it makes me queasy. Husband is the same way, one of the many reasons why I married him.

  21. 1. I LOVE YOUR NEW LAYOUT. Holy cow, who designed it for you? I am saving pennies to hopefully get one myself…
    2. Liked, and followed, and all that jazz πŸ˜‰
    3.I like Greek Yogurt, plain, as a sub for sour cream. So good on tacos and all that!

    Also, great cupcakes!

  22. sandra says:

    I don’t actually eat yogurt but my son LOVES it. He eats it plain with fresh fruit.

  23. We have an ant problem. An on-going ant problem. (Thank goodness not in my pantry or I might cry and start sleeping outside in my car.) But nonetheless, we keep putting down traps…and they keep dying, only to replicate and form another hostile take over. Sadly, I don’t think making these muffins will get rid of the problem, but they sure will make me happy!

  24. Liz says:

    I love Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit on top and granola in the mornings!

  25. Liz says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  26. sandra says:

    I already follow you on twitter, pinterest and would follow you on instagram if I had a smart phone. Something tells me one of those suckers will be in my near future – the Gods are willing it.

  27. Liz says:

    AND I even follow you on twitter!

  28. These cupcakes are gorgeous! Blueberry + lemon is the best!!!!

  29. Shannon says:

    omg, these sound fantastic!! eugh, fruit flies are my nemesis. i think i tried the vinegar with a little soap and it worked pretty well πŸ™‚ i have also become quite skilled at killing them- fruit fly ninja!

  30. I love lemon and blueberry! As for the fruit flies – try spraying ALL fruit / veg that will be sitting out (bananas, avocados, peaches, etc.) with a 1:4 white vinegar / water solution. Let is soak for 10min, rinse and leave it. I do this as soon as I come home from the store and not only does it clean the fruit / veg but it kills any of the fruit fly larvae that are there. I have the recipe on my blog. I HATE fruit flies!

  31. Pam says:

    Fruit flies are the worst. Have you tried a small dish of cider vinegar with a splash of dish soap? That always seems to work for me.

    The cupcakes look lovely and delicious. YUMMY!

  32. gloria says:

    these look wonderful I love the mix blueberry and lemon snd the frosting look perfect!
    I love greek yogurt and I use a lot! one of my favorites but my fav is in parfaits with fruits!:)

  33. gloria says:

    I follow you in pinterest too!

  34. Jen says:

    These cupcakes look fabulous! The apple cider vinegar with a drop of dish soap trick really works to get rid of the little buggers. Good luck!

  35. what a great recipe. i liked & followed the american dairy assoc & love to eat greek yogurt with granola.

  36. I love eating Greek Yogurt with fruit and granola! Maybe with nut butter too.

  37. Already follow on Pinterest too

  38. How adorable are these cupcakes?

    We used to get bitten up alive if I ever opened the windows in our apartment, so horrible! And fruit flies drive me insane.

  39. Love the cupcakes!! Blueberry and lemon are a perfect combination.
    PS: I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to stumble upon a kindred scientist baker!! Hello!

  40. Lynn says:

    I LOVE Greek yogurt – I have it for breakfast Monday – Friday, with granola and blueberries or other seasonal fruit. These muffins look so good!

  41. I eat Greek yogurt almost daily…most often in a smoothie or topped with granola

  42. Emily Leung says:

    I love using yogurt for baking! It makes baked goods super moist πŸ™‚

    I made a fruit fly trap (google it!) last year and it worked wonders!

  43. Emily Leung says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  44. Emily Leung says:

    and Instagram! πŸ™‚

  45. rachel says:

    I’m a FB fan! I like to eat it with Chex cereal.

  46. Tanya says:

    I like to eat plain/vanilla/honey Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries and some granola! And I liked and American Dairy Association on Twitter

  47. Fruit flies are so annoying! One of the things I love about AZ is we don’t have a lot of bugs. The cupcakes look amazing, take that stupid flies!

  48. The lemon/blueberry combo cannot be beat! The freshness of these cupcakes is practically bouncing off the screen!

  49. Tanya says:

    I follow on Twitter!

  50. Tanya says:

    I follow on Pinterest

  51. Heather B says:

    I LOVE baking with Greek yogurt. It makes everything taste better.

  52. Heather B says:

    I follow on Pinterest

  53. Tanya says:

    I follow on Instagram

  54. Denise says:

    Your cupcakes look delicious and can’t wait to try them when it cools off bit.
    As for fruit flies, we have been plagued by them at times too. Which reminds me I have some bananas (which they love) and need to do something with them. Something that has worked for us, though is to take a narrow necked bottle(beer bottle), pour in a few drops of dish liquid soap, about two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and about and 1/8th cup of water. Then cover the top with plastic wrap, secured by a rubber band and poke some small holes in the top. Put a few of those around the house and this will all but take care of your fruit flies. Good luck, Denise

  55. MMM! I am crazy over lemon and blueberry.

  56. I like them on FB and Twitter. My favorite way to enjoy greek yogurt is with homemade granola. But to cook white, my new favorite it to put it in pizza dough.

  57. Jessie says:

    Invasion of the fruit flies! Those little bugs drive me crazy, too – although, at least you’ve shown them what for with these awesome blueberry lemon cupcakes!

    I would say my favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is every morning at breakfast, in my Bircher muesli!

  58. Susan says:

    I think my favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is as a yogurt/chocolate frozen mousse. A close second is plain Greek yogurt with frozen mixed berries.

  59. Ewwwwww…… I hate it when fruit flies take up residency in my place. They are nasty little buggers and seem to like the drains, nothing that bleach can’t solve right? Great recipe. Sounds super delicious and a must try recipe.

  60. These are so cute, Joanne! Love the flavor! Blueberries and lemons together = win.

  61. Kathy says:

    I follow you on pinterest.

  62. Christine says:

    Liked the ADADC on Facebook.

  63. Christine says:

    My fav way to use Greek yogurt at the moment is in a 3/4 to 1/4 ratio to mayo. Add 2-3 T. chopped dill to 1 c. of the mixture and 1/3-1/4 c. diced red onion. Stir well, chill and it’s the perfect dressing for wild salmon.

  64. Christine says:

    I already follow you on Pinterest. Sorry, don’t do instagram or tweet.

  65. I follow you on everything! πŸ™‚ Plus I now follow American Dairy Association and Dairy Council on Facebook and Twitter.

    Fun giveaway!!

  66. Monet says:

    HI lovely lady! These cupcakes look amazing…so very good….and I wish I had one now. Nursing makes me so very hungry! I’m just now getting back to my favorite blogs, and I’m glad I was able to visit yours today! I hope you are doing well and I wish you the best of weekends!

  67. Caitlin says:

    My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is topped with fresh fruit and homemade granola!

  68. Juli says:

    What did I do before Greek yogurt? Probably ate regular ol’ yogurt. Or drank it – as was the case when I lived in Ecuador. In any case, I like my Greek yogurt with fruit, vanilla, and chia seeds – especially when they sit overnight and get all plump!

  69. Juli says:

    By the way, I love the recipe collection with the photos!

    I follow on Pinterest

  70. Juli says:

    And I follow on Instagram too.

  71. Mabel says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  72. Mabel says:

    i liked, followed american dairy on twitter… and i love greek yogurt in my popsicles! frozen to cool me down in this summer heat!

    facebook: Meeble

  73. Mabel says:

    i follow on pinterest!

  74. Like American Dairy Association & Diary Council on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. My favorite savory recipe with greek yogurt is to mix it with a little lemon juice and dill with pasta. For sweet, I love to mix it with cool whip and mix in flavorings for a quick mousse

  75. Follow Eats Well with Others on Instagram

  76. Follow Eats Well with Others on Twitter

  77. Follow Eats Well with Others on Pintrest

  78. Cathy says:

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Tuesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday!
    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  79. I think these are the perfect solution to not just a fruit fly problem, but perhaps any problem. Gorgeous Joanne!

  80. JoAn says:

    Greek Yogurt with my protein powder sitting by the pool.

  81. Von says:

    Ahh….I hate it when insects bite you in the most inappropriate places- the eye is the worst especially when it swells up, though the bottom of the foot is quite bad too! haha…… Do you actually see the insects flying around or do you just suddenly get bites out of nowhere? πŸ˜€ Your muffins look amazing, especially with the cream cheese frosting!

  82. these sound like a dream! Love the combo together and your recipe sounds moist and decadent!

  83. Sally Kanehen says:

    I haven’t had greek yogurt I didn’t like, but my fav way is to take plain greek yogurt, mix in cinnamon, some stevia, and vanilla extract, then top with walnuts. Such a tasty snack!

  84. Wendy says:

    I love blueberries with lemon! This is a lovely summer cupcake; fruity and fresh! And pretty too. πŸ™‚ I didn’t even know that fruit flies bite humans….are you sure no other biting villains could have entered your house or that the bites might have occurred on a walk/run in the park?

  85. Madeline says:

    These cupcakes look delicious! I like the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council on Facebook (FB name: Madeline Brubaker) and follow them on Twitter (@shala_darkstone). I love eating Greek yogurt with cocoa powder added to it, and sometimes a bit of whipped cream on top!

  86. Madeline says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@shala_darkstone).

  87. Madeline says:

    I follow you on Instagram (shala6).

  88. Kelster says:

    I’m actually eating Greek yogurt right now! I added some toasted oats and fruit to it. That’s my favourite.

  89. Kelster says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  90. Kelster says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  91. Veronica says:

    Guess what I had for breakfast? The cakiest blueberry muffin ever that was so a cupcake without frosting! So I’m totes digging these cupcakes. They are so pretty and look so light and moist. I love baking with yogurt too! I liked the ADA on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. My favorite way to eat yogurt is with fruit and honey in a bowl. yum!

  92. Veronica says:

    I follow you on Twitter now and can’t believe I didn’t follow you before!

  93. Veronica says:

    I’m now following you on Pinterest too. Again, how was I not following you before? Craziness.

  94. Kate says:

    We have a fruit fly problem too. Not so much with the biting as with the constant presence. I need to stick out another bowl of apple cider vinegar.

  95. grace says:

    i usually don’t eat greek yogurt plain, but it’s one of my favorite baking ingredients!

  96. tc says:

    Love greek yogurt as we eat it in Greece, drizzled with honey.

  97. jacquie says:

    straight out of the container

  98. Tammy says:

    You crack me up…you show them, girl! …Love the new look, Joanne. Blueberries and lemons…seems to be the craze this year. Save a cupcake for me!


  99. I love these cupcakes are made with Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Must be extremely moist and delicious.

  100. Hotly Spiced says:

    It sounds a lot like Egypt when Moses was asking Pharaoh, ‘Let my people go!’ I do hope this is the last of your plagues but if it isn’t, you’re certainly exacting your revenge with these beautiful cupcakes xx

  101. such a perfectly summer dessert – they look absolutely irresistible!

  102. Velva says:

    You provided the ultimate revenge on the fruit fly…making an absolutely delicious cupcake.


  103. I love baking with Greek yogurt too. It makes everything so moist. Love this blueberry lemon cupcakes. I can probably eat a half dozen of these. πŸ™‚

  104. Ashley says:

    Bugs seem to love me. Especially ants. ARGH!! But if baking delicious things like this can in any way thwart an attack, well then I’m all about it! πŸ˜‰

  105. Reeni says:

    What scrumptious little cupcakes to celebrate blueberries! Take that – you pesky little fruit flies!

  106. Tandy says:

    I forgot to change your feed address in my reader πŸ™ I think the heat is not helping with the fruit flies! Love the cupcakes and I eat my yoghurt plain πŸ™‚

  107. Amy Tong says:

    Liked the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council on Facebook, following them on Twitter, and leave my favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is top it with homemade granola and fresh fruit to make a parfait. It’s my usual breakfast and it’s as good as dessert! πŸ˜‰

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  108. Amy Tong says:

    Following you on twitter (@utry_it)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  109. Amy Tong says:

    Following you on Pinterest.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  110. Amy Tong says:

    Following you on Instagram as well. πŸ™‚

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  111. kesha says:

    I Like the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council on Facebook, follow them on Twitter! I enjoy my Greek yogurt with blueberries and granola!

  112. kesha says:

    I follow you on twitter

  113. kesha says:

    I follow you in Pinterest
    kasha gooding

  114. kesha says:

    I follow you on Instagram

  115. Vicki S says:

    I like the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council on Facebook, my FB name is Vicki Sh.
    I follow them on Twitter, @sswpss
    And I’m currently obsessed with eating plain fat free greek yogurt with a tablespoon of creamy, natural peanut butter mixed in. I literally eat this every single day. Addicted πŸ™‚

  116. JoAn says:

    Yogurt with cinnamon and protein powder.

  117. Nessa says:

    That frosting looks so perfect and tempting!

  118. Opps I forgot a few steps for this giveaway!

    I am following you on Twitter

  119. I am following you on Facebook too! and I clicked “LIke” just a little something extra- don’t know if it will help but I try!

  120. I am following you on Pinterest – PS ,,don’t really know if I did it correctly… but I am trying.

    and ( I’m not sure how to do Instagram – I have to get some instructions how to.

  121. Yucky fruit flies! It’s really annoying when you’re shopping and little buggies are buzzing around the produce. They’re part of nature, but they are still annoying. ha Blueberry and lemon is a top combo!

  122. Lindsay Fekitoa says:

    I love mine with some pomegranate and pistachio! I like them and follow them on twitter @fekitoa

  123. Lindsay Fekitoa says:

    I follow you on twitter @fekitoa

  124. Lindsay Fekitoa says:

    I like you on Facebook

  125. Lindsay Fekitoa says:

    I follow you on Pinterest lfekitoa

  126. Stephanie-Oh says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  127. Stephanie-Oh says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  128. Stephanie-Oh says:

    I follow ADA on Twitter and liked on Facebook.

  129. betsy says:

    My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is with blueberries and a little bit of agave. Yum!

  130. roz says:

    yummo cupcakes Joanne with two of my fave flavors for cakes and cupcakes . . . . I LOVE you new blog look! Well done! Oh there’s a giveaway too? How do I love Greek yogurt? Used in toppings for baked potatoes an in creamy dips for veggies and fruit! I follow you every where, your favorite stalker, so I guess I need to comment for each place that I follow you. Ok, here goes, are u ready?

  131. roz says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  132. roz says:

    I follow/like you on Facebook

  133. roz says:

    and I follow you on Pinterest and get all of your email notices!

  134. Nutmeg nanny says:

    Blueberry and lemon are one of my favorite flavor combinations πŸ™‚ loving this recipe!!

  135. […] we’re not even talking flesh-eating fruit flies right now, people, or anything that can be easily fixed by setting out a bowl of vinegar and soap […]

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