Monday, May 24, 2010

Cupcakey Goodness

As you may know by now, cupcakes are all the rage.  This makes my mom laugh.  She's been making cupcakes for centuries decades and doesn't see what all the excitement is about.  Oh, cupcakes are good and everything, but to actually become popular?  A gourmet treat?  It's beyond her, yet she's proud that she's so ahead of her time.

I made some cupcakes recently that I thought were a wonderful springtime treat.  Lemon.  I thought I'd share the recipe with you in case you want to taste a little bit of sunshine, get in the cupcake clique, or simply revisit the fun that is cupcakes.

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sour cream

Frosting:

6 Tbsp butter
4 cups confectioner's sugar
4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp grated lemon peel
1 Tbsp milk

Frosting is always finicky for me.  Adjust liquid (milk) or confectioner's sugar to reach your desired consistency.  Keep the lemon juice at 4 Tbsp for really great flavor.

Directions:

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.

Makes 30 cupcakes


I thought these were refreshing and delicious.  Husby loved them too, and he shys away from cakes as a rule (one of his shortcomings I've learned to live with).

These are great summer playtime snacks for the kids or to bring to your next potluck or book club meeting.  Give them a try and let me know what you think.

1 comment:

Jane Carlstrom aka Glorious Hats said...

mmmmmmmmm sound so yummy.

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