Monday, November 1, 2010

In The Kitchen: Lemon Cream Cupcakes

I found this decadent recipe on All Recipe's .Com, one of my new favorite hangouts. These delicate, moist, lemon-flavored treats didn't stand a chance in my household; we consumed them almost immediately. The great thing about this delightful little recipe is that it doesn't require a lot of complex ingredients, yet the cake is sure to please those that have more of a sophisticated palette. 

Those that aren't very fond of super-lemony sweets will find these cupcakes delicious, as the lemon-flavor in this recipe isn't overpowering at all; but rather faint. For all of my lemon-lovers out there, you can double the amount of zest called for in this recipe, or even add a tiny bit of Lemon Extract or Lemon Essential Oil. 

To my beginner cooks out there, this is a very easy recipe to follow provided you don't make any adjustments with the Baking Powder & Baking Soda. I would also leave the cream cheese in the recipe as well, it is what adds to the light, smooth, airy texture.

Lemon Cream Cupcakes [Adapted from All]
Ingredients - Yields 30 cupcakes
1 cup butter or margarine, softened << I used butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

Frosting Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon milk

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add lemon peel and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 

Cool for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. For frosting, cream butter and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, vanilla, lemon peel and milk; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes.  

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  1. Looks yummy! I may add this to my holiday menu.

  2. "I would also leave the cream cheese in the recipe as well, it is what adds to the light, smooth, airy texture."
    Did you mean sour cream?


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