Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

I post a lot of cupcake recipes, have you noticed? Why? Because it means I get to eat more cupcakes :). Really I just love cupcakes and they’re just so photogenic, unlike many other things I take pictures of. They’re fun to dress up and the flavor options are endless.


I post a lot of cupcake recipes, have you noticed? Why? Because it means I get to eat more cupcakes :). Really I just love cupcakes and they’re just so photogenic, unlike many other things I take pictures of. They’re fun to dress up and the flavor options are endless.

Today I’m sticking with a classic, Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting. These are a classic done right. What do I love about these cupcakes? They are loaded with an abundance of lemon flavor (if we are going to call them lemon cupcakes, they better taste like lemon, right? Not just a hint here and there), they have a soft texture and the frosting on top is to die for! These are summers dream cupcakes right here.
Don’t wait for a reason to celebrate to make these, just make them because it’s summer! That’s a 

celebration alone, right? I always think the weekend counts as a reason to celebrate with cupcakes too.

Enjoy!

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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: 12 cupcakes

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Ingredients
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp lemon zest (zest of 2 medium lemons)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp buttermilk
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

 
Simple Syrup
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup butter, nearly at room temperature (I used 1/2 cup unsalted and 1/4 cup salted)
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
Lemon slices or lemon drop candies and mint leaves for decorating (optional)


Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.

In a food processor, pulse together 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar with lemon zest until finely ground, about 1 minute. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter with lemon sugar mixture until pale and fluffy (if you don't have the paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, then occasionally throughout entire mixing process, stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl). Mix in egg, then mix in egg whites one at a time, adding in vanilla with second egg white.

In the liquid measuring cup used to measure buttermilk, whisk together buttermilk with lemon juice. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter/egg mixture, then mix just until combined. Then add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture to the butter/egg mixture and mix just until combined. Repeat process with flour and buttermilk mixture once more then finish by mixing in last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.

Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 18 - 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes in muffin tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Meanwhile prepare simple syrup.

For the simple syrup:
In a small bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp lemon juice with 1 Tbsp granulated sugar until sugar has dissolved. Brush mixture over warm cupcakes (use all of it, about 2 light coats over each cupcake). Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

For the Lemon Buttercream Frosting:
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter with lemon zest on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy (it should be nearly white. If using a paddle attachment that doesn't constantly scrape bowl while mixing, then stop mixer occasionally throughout entire mixing process and scrape down bottom and sides of bowl). Mix in 1 cup powdered sugar, then blend in lemon juice, 
cream, vanilla extract and lemon extract. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, then whip mixture until very fluffy, about 4 - 5 minutes longer. Pipe or spread frosting over cupcakes. Decorate with lemon slices or lemon drop candies and mint leaves if desired. Store in an airtight container.
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