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)
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
Beat until smooth.
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!!!!


  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. :-)

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

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

  4. Hey! I included these yummy cupcakes in a round up on my blog! If you want to check it out, the link is

    I hope you have a great weekend!


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