Day 345 – Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

11 Jul

Today is my Aunt Angella’s birthday!  (I don’t have any pics of her…or us…so you’ll have to live without it.)  But, she is my other aunt who loves to bake. (I was blessed with 2 aunts who love to bake.  Crazy!)  Angella was the aunt who baked my sister and I crazy, over-the-top Barbie cakes on our birthdays.  So, I wanted to bake some special cupcakes for her special day.  Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream (recipe below from The Amazing Bake).

PS This is only the first birthday this week.  The next 3 days are also birthdays (and one of them is mine!)!  It’s gonna be a fun 4 days.

Lemon-Cupcake     Mini-Lemon-Cupcake

The cupcakes are fairly dense, but still have a little crumbly to them. They’re very sticky. The have a strong lemon flavor. Very tart, with a good amount of sweet. Like lemonade.

Note: I used 4 lemons for zest and juice (both cake and frosting).

Lemon-Buttercream

The frosting is creamy and soft. It has a very tart lemon flavor, followed by a strong sweetness. But very tart. Lips pursed.

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

The cupcake overall is extremely tart. That’s the first thing I noticed. There is a decent amount of sweetness too. But tart is the winner. It really is a lot like drinking a glass of lemonade. Lemonade that’s really strong on the lemon, and not quite as strong on the sugar.

Lemon-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4 (Just zesting and juicing. Easy, but time-consuming.)
  • TOTAL: 19

Mini-Lemon-top

RECIPE

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream (recipe from The Amazing Bake)

Lemon Cupcakes:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 5 Tbsp. lemon juice

Lemon Buttercream:

  • 4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Yellow gel food coloring (optional)

For directions visit The Amazing Bake.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes*

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