Take a bite of sunshine in the form of these lemon blueberry sour cream coffee cake muffins! Guaranteed to brighten your day.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Department of Citrus for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
lemon blueberry sour cream coffee cake muffins

We need to talk about the overwhelming uplifting power of citrus.

And the weather.


It’s been all doom and gloom here recently. I’m talking 72 hours of gray skies and all day downpours.

Not ideal for food photography OR my mood. Apparently.

I didn’t realize how much so until I bit into one of these lemon blueberry-licious muffins and became a NEW PERSON. The kind that laughs and smiles and doesn’t make her husband watch trashy reality television. Oh. Wait.


I always forget how bright and refreshing a bite of something citrusy can be, and then BAM. I find myself mindlessly nibbling away at a grapefruit or squeezing some lemon juice into my water and it hits me. This is the good stuff.

Now, you know I normally like to eat local whenever possible, but since oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits can’t exactly be grown in mid-Atlantic climates, I try to look for citrus fruits that were grown in Florida instead.

Captain Citrus Chapter 3

Speaking of which, have you guys heard of Captain Citrus ?! He is basically my new superhero role model. Created by the Florida Department of Citrus, he helps to convey the values of the Florida Citrus industry while encouraging kids to make smarter decisions concerning nutrition. Now, I don’t have kids myself, but a lot of my friends do and as fun as Batman and Superman are, I kind of love the idea of a superhero totally devoted to defeating villains…and helping kids make smart food choices along the way! I mean, when a superhero tells you that drinking a glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice can be part of a well-balanced diet, you listen! Especially when he mentions the vitamin C, folate, potassium, no added sugar, and (most importantly) taste as the Amazing 5 reasons why.

For all you moms out there, there is a Captain Citrus Facebook contest going on right now with a fun prize package that includes your child’s likeness and voice over used in (1) episode of Avengers Assemble on Disney XD, a trip to LA with round-trip transportation for four, 3 days/ 2 night hotel stay, tour of Marvel Studios, a $250 gift card and much more!

For all you not moms out there…we don’t have to share our muffins. Consolation?


Actually, I did share some of my muffins with my friend Faye from Live Bake Love for this month’s Leftovers Club! Hope they bring as many bites of sunshine into your day as they did mine, chica!


Lemon Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins
Take a bite of sunshine in the form of these lemon blueberry sour cream coffee cake muffins! Guaranteed to brighten your day.
Yield: 2 dozen muffins
For the filling
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
For the streusel
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 cup pecans
For the muffins
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cups sour cream, divided
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line two muffin tins with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. in a bowl, stir together the frozen blueberries and lemon zest. Set aside.
  3. For the streusel, in the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon until combined. Remove 1¼ cups of this mixture to a separate bowl. Leave the remainder in the food processor and pulse together with the butter and pecans until they are the size of small pebbles. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 cup of sour cream, and the vanilla. Set aside.
  5. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add in the butter and the remaining ½ cup of sour cream. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moist and the mixture resembles wet sand. Increase to medium speed and beat until the batter comes together, about 10 seconds. Scrape down the bowl and add the egg mixture in three additions, beating for 20 seconds after each. Scrape down the bowl again and mix for 1 minute on medium-high speed, until the batter is fluffy.
  6. Add 2 tbsp of batter to each of the cupcake liners. Sprinkle the blueberry lemon mixture evenly among them and top with the streusel without the pecans and butter. Top with the remaining batter. Top with the streusel that does have the pecans and butter, sprinkling it all over pans. It will be messy.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the muffins feel firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin

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44 Responses to Lemon Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

  1. Citrus anything is good, but lemon and blueberry is a match made in heaven.

  2. There is nothing better than a gooey, crumbly dessert in my book. I’m sure that tart/sweetness is AMAZING. Hee hee….captain citrus.

  3. The stuffing in the middle of these is pure perfection girl! Yum!

  4. Ahhh I love this !! Such a fun prize too!

  5. I am sitting here with my lonely cup of tea and my sad hardboiled egg YEARNING for one of these muffins with All The Good Things!

  6. I want ten of these muffins! And yes, they would have helped my mood tremendously this week. By Tuesday afternoon my funk was bad.

  7. I love the different layers of these muffins, absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Yaaaay! That puts me in the don’t-have-to-share category! Because seriously, muffin-sharing is for SUCKERS. These look like all kinds of amazing and I am obsessed with that streusel. The end.

  9. The weather = boo. I was in Portland Oregon and it was like 80 degrees and sunny and then came home to THIS crap and had to light the wood stove to keep warm. What the heck June! Ugh. Agreed that we all need a little uplifting citrus in our lives! Love this coffee cake!

  10. Oh, you had me at lemon. Every time. I’ll take 7.

  11. These look awesome! Love the different flavors and texture and the crumb looks awesome. And yeah- East Coast, what happened? Why is it thundering and ten degrees too cold?!

  12. Heather says:

    My favorite duo… blueberries and lemons. Hey… if you ever want to make a lemon blueberry scone, I would be forever in your debt as I’m addicted to the ones the bakery I go to makes. :p

  13. Pam says:

    These would be so much tastier with my coffee than my boring cereal. They look tasty!

  14. These muffins look fabulous! I love citrusy treats.

  15. OMG this sounds soooo so good! Lemon and blueberry never gets old!!

  16. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, love lemon especially paired with blueberries, these look delicious!

  17. Hetal V says:

    ooooo those layers though!! they look divine!!!

  18. mira says:

    These muffins are gorgeous Joanne! need to make them asap! Pinned!

  19. what a great muffin! all the good stuff 🙂 🙂

  20. It sounds like Michigan’s weather the last few weeks found it’s way to NYC 😉 these muffins sound amazing and I totally agree — a little bit of citrus can totally change my mood. Hard to be grumpy when you’re eating something so bright.

  21. I’m not sure if I should say this, but it really feels like summer in London this week. 20’C (68’F) or higher for 4 days in a row, with sunshine! I still want these to build on the experience though 🙂

  22. Elizabeth says:

    These look absolutely scrumptious! And the weather is the worst 🙂 last week I was in San Diego– high 60s and beautiful!

  23. Sneha says:

    Yummy… 🙂 These would be so much tastier with my coffee than my boring cereal. They look tasty, Love the different flavors and texture and the crumb looks awesome. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  24. Kate says:

    I decided yesterday I NEED strawberry muffins. I’m putting in an order with you and I’d like them ASAP. Thanks.

  25. It’s been raining and gloomy here too – but this coffee cake would definitely brighten the gloomiest days!

  26. Lisa says:

    Lovely. I don’t think I would want to share those either.

  27. Sues says:

    Wow. These are so unique and pretty! I’d definitely eat way more than I should 🙂

  28. Ginger Stark says:

    Am definitely trying these soon!

  29. Christine says:

    Lemons and blueberries…one of my favorite combos!

  30. I am so with you on citrus bringing out the happy in you. I am used to the grey weather, but I am still not happy about it. I’ve had popsicles in the freezer for ages because i haven’t been able to photograph them in the light around here. That contest sounds fun! I think my daughter might be too young, but we have a little cousin that would definitely be into this kinda thing!

  31. Faye says:

    Lemon and Blueberry have to be one of my favorite combinations…right up there with chocolate & peanut butter, cherries & almonds, caramel & apples…well, you get the point haha. Can’t wait to receive these in the mail!! Thanks girl!

  32. I love the blueberry and lemon combination and the streusel topping. These are great looking muffins.

  33. Sarah says:

    Wow these look really perfect. I am all about dat streusel.

  34. Oh, yes citrus adds a great lift to any dish – just pan-fried them tonight and served with braised kale and chicken – yum – and these muffins look fab – Joanne.

  35. grace says:

    your glob of filling is a great idea! the lemon-blueberry combination can improve any day, no matter how dreary.

  36. Kelly says:

    Lemon desserts always brighten my day no matter what the weather! Love the lemon and blueberry combo! With the streusel and that yummy filling I don’t think I want to share any of these!

  37. Julia says:

    It’s been dreary and drizzly on my side of the nation, too. I could definitley use some citrusy coffee cake muffs to brighten the rainy days. That blueberry in the middle? Gah mouth watering!

  38. Shaina says:

    I would love to start off my morning with one of these muffins, yum!

  39. easypeasy says:

    These look and sound incredible!!! Want some right now!!! 🙂

  40. Hopefully all the vitamin c made you feel better!

  41. Lynn says:

    Love that surprise center! Hope you are feeling better!

  42. Maria says:

    We’ve had crummy weather too, but these look like a perfect pick-me-up 🙂

  43. Anne Daniel says:

    I just tried this yummy recipe from your blog and it has come out really yummy!! 🙂
    This is my first lemon coffee cake and I am quite happy with the outcome…
    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe 🙂

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