A Hint of Lemon Cupcakes

A Hint of Lemon Cupcakes
I adapted a yellow cupcake recipe to incorporate a hint of lemon flavor. I think it adds a freshness to the cupcakes, but without a strong lemon flavor and complements the vanilla. One drawback to the dessert party is that some desserts that on their own would be very tasty,  but when surrounded by superior desserts suffer in comparison.  This was one of those.  They were good, but just not as exciting as other desserts.

I used the basic buttercream frosting for this recipe as well as the filling for the vanilla macarons. Otherwise the frosting recipe makes enough for at least 24 cupcakes, depending on how generous or stingy one is with the frosting.

Lemon Yellow Cupcakes

Adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski

makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
1/3 cup whole milk

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk in 2 additions, beating on low speed until just combined; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat on medium-high speed just until no traces of flour remain, about 20 seconds; do not overbeat.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full, using a large scoop is ideal. Bake until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream and serve, using a star tip and pastry bag, if desired. Decorate with sprinkles.

Vanilla Buttercream

Adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski

3 large egg whites, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large, clean heatproof bowl, combine the egg whites and sugar. Set the bowl over (but not touching) simmering water in a saucepan and heat the mixture, whisking constantly, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is very warm to the touch (about 160 F on an instant-read thermometer), about 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the saucepan. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg white mixture until it is fluffy, cooled to room temperature , and holds stiff peaks (the mixture should not look dry), about 6 minutes.

With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the salt and the butter, a few pieces at a time, beating well after each addition. If the frosting appears to separate or is very liquid after all the butter is added, continue to beat on high speed until it is smooth and creamy, 3-5 minutes more. Add the vanilla flavoring and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Use right away.

1 thought on “A Hint of Lemon Cupcakes”

  1. Nice cupcakes! This is my first time on your bog (found it thru your comment on Rose’s blog about the book signing). You have LOTS of nice cupcakes 🙂 I also like the malted choc cupcake. I will be making something similar this weekend using a recipe from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book.

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