Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Baking: A Taste of Sunshine


Spring is definitely here and while we are going back and forth with sunny days and rainy days, we are in the mood for different tasting foods than the ones we ate during the Autumn and Winter.

A favorite flavor here is lemon!  It's also a favorite scent too, as I like to diffuse lemon essential oil.

I was looking for a homemade lemon cupcake for Easter and LOVED the one I found!

My photo of the cupcakes I made for Easter!


LEMON CUPCAKES
  1. 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  2. 1 cup (200g)granulated sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup (120ml) milk (cow, almond, soy)
  1. zest + fresh juice of two medium lemons*
FLUFFY VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
  1. 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  2. 3-4 cups (360-480g) powdered (confectioners') sugar
  3. 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream*
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  1. additional lemon zest for decoration, if desired
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 12-count muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl until creamed. About 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until everything is combined, about 2 full minutes. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 additions, stirring by hand after each addition. Batter will be thick. Add the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix until just combined, do not over mix.
Pour batter evenly into 12 cupcake liners. Bake for about 20 minutes. Check at 18 minutes, then again at 20. A toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean when done. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting, beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for about 3-4 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if mixture is too thick. Add more salt if frosting is too sweet. Frost cooled cupcakes. If topping with lemon zest, do so right before serving. There may be leftover frosting depending how much you use on each cupcake.

Makes 12 cupcakes. Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day and then in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
The recipe was found on Sally's Baking Addiction.

They are just the right combination of tart and sweet and the vanilla buttercream is delightful with them!

If you try them let me know what you think!

6 comments:

  1. Kindreds? I think so!! Makes me smile! :D

    These look delicious! I will give them a try. I am always willing to add to my lemon repertoire.

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  2. I have got to copy this recipe. We love "everything lemon", too!

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  3. They certainly sound yummy. I was just visiting Cheryl and lamented that I had not received the lemon memo. ha! Then I remembered that the candle behind my molasses cookies is lemon! = D

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  4. That icing looks divine! One of these would go perfectly with my up of coffee :)

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  5. I love vanilla and lemon. Yum! Sometimes I put lemon in the icing as part of the liquid - a double hit!

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  6. They look refreshing! (I seem to think of lemon as refreshing.) Thanks for the recipe.

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