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Day 282 – Moist Lemon Cupcakes

9 May

Today is a special day for my family.  It’s my grandmother’s birthday.  We lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s Disease in January 2013.  She was an amazing woman.  Educated, strong, dedicated.  Loved her family.  (She would have loved this cupcake project, too!)

grammy pic


(This is my sister, my nieces and me with Grammy a couple of years ago.)

Like my mother, she enjoyed lemon desserts almost above all others.  Except for the occasional chocolate dessert.  So, in honor of my Grammy, I chose these Moist Lemon Cupcakes (recipe below from Elle.Beau.Grease.).

Lemon-Cupcake     Mini-Lemon-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and a little crumbly, but not dry. They have a sweet lemon flavor. The minis have a really strong lemon flavor, even before the lemon sauce.


The frosting is smooth and creamy. It has a strong cream cheese flavor with a little sweetness.

Moist-Lemon-Cupcake     Mini-Moist-Lemon-Cupcake

This is a mostly sweet cupcake. The lemon kinda takes a back seat to the cream cheese and the sugar of this cupcake. It’s still a sweet little bite of cupcake, just not as lemony as I’d hoped for. Perhaps adding a little lemon zest or lemon juice to the frosting would tie it all together a little more.

Note: The mini actually has a better lemon bite to it. A better balance between cream cheese and lemon.


Scoring Sheet

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 17.5



Moist Lemon Cupcakes (recipe from Elle.Beau.Grease.)


  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated lemon zest (about 3 lemons)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Lemon Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, chilled
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For directions visit Elle.Beau.Grease.

*Tomorrow: Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes*

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