Friday, May 6, 2011

Cupcake Series (mini), Part 2: Lemon Poppy-seed


Recipe for Lemon Poppy-seed Cupcakes

1. Preheat your lovely little oven to 350 degrees F.  Line about 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
2. Whisk together in a medium bowl:
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon salt
3.  In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
Beat until fluffy. About 3 minutes or so.
4.  Add:
3 large eggs
One at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Combine: 
1/2 cup, minus 1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
6. With mixer on low, add flour and milk mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Beat just until blended. Stir in:
The zest of one lemon.
7. Spoon the batter into a Ziploc bag, and seal tightly.  Snip off about a fourth inch or so from one corner of the bag. Fill the cupcake liners about two-thirds full.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out nice and clean.  Remove the cupcakes form the pan, and place on a wire rack.  Allow them too cool completely before frosting!

***This recipe is my variation of the lemon poppy-seed cupcake recipe found in the  "Hello, Cupcake!" book by: Karen Tack & Alan Richardson.

These cupcakes are heavenly when topped with a cream cheese frosting!  :)

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Mix together:
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
Add:
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
Beat until smooth.
Add:
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix till combined.
Frost your lovely cupcakes. 
***This frosting is not the thickest stuff in the world, so you may find you'll need to add some more powdered sugar. 





Aren't these lovable!
I wouldn't recommend using the cream cheese frosting for the petals though. You'll need a frosting with a thicker consistency so you don't end up with a droopy sunflower!!
Enjoy all!!!!

4 comments:

  1. now you've gone and done it!! i may just have to try these lovely cupcakes! sweet sunflowers, rita jean--thanks for the cute post. :-)

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  2. I LOVE Lemon and Poppyseed ANYTHING! My mouth is watering! And your sunflowers are sooo cute. Great job!

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  3. these are by far the best cupcakes i've ever seen! amazing!

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  4. Hey! I included these yummy cupcakes in a round up on my blog! If you want to check it out, the link is http://sittingatourkitchentable.blogspot.com/2011/07/me-likey-monday.html

    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Amy

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