LEMON CUPCAKES

 




INGREDIENTS FOR THE LEMON CUPCAKES: 1 ½ cups cake flour 2 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs ½ cup whole milk ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon lemon zest ¼ cup lemon juice

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extractINSTRUCTIONS


FOR THE CUPCAKES:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. 

Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer, beat the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes, or until creamed. 
Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. 

Slowly mix in half of the dry ingredients, half of the milk, and the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice; mix until well-combined.  Add the remaining dry ingredients and milk. Mix until fully combined and no lumps are visible. 

Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners until about ⅔ full. 

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTING:

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until well blended and no clumps remain.

Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add vanilla and beat until creamy.

Pipe onto cupcakes using a knife or your favorite frosting tip (we used tip 1C). Garnish with a slice of lemon, if desired.

NOTES

Cake flour substitute: Measure out 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, then remove 3 tablespoons of flour from your measurement. Replace with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, whisk together, then sift.



Prep ahead: Baked cupcakes can be made a day ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to frost and serve.



Storage: Frosted cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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