March 09, 2010

One Lucky Lemon


These mini cakes deliver big lemon flavor with only one lemon! If you are a lemon lover, you have to try this recipe.

Lucky Lemon Cakes
adapted from Everyday Food

1/2 c unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c low fat buttermilk or low fat plain yogurt (I used yogurt)
1 t vanilla extract
finely grated zest and juice of one lemon, plus approximately 1 T for glaze (I used only 1 lemon)
1 c sugar
2 eggs
approximately 3/4 c powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease the mini muffin tin or use baking cups.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vanilla and lemon zest and juice.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light. Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of the buttermilk mixture.

Divide evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then transfer to wire rack.

Mix powdered sugar with up to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. It can be a thin glaze or a thick icing--up to you! Once the cupcakes are completely cool, add glaze and let set for 30 minutes.

You can also make these as regular sized cupcakes or jumbo cupcakes--just adjust the baking time.

2 comments:

Paula said...

I must try these lemon treats!

Paula said...

I made these delicious mini cupcakes and brought them over to Grandma and Grandpa's. They loved them as did Pam, Randi, Lindsey, Zach and Ryan. We all like the lemony flavor. A summertime, or anytime, treat.

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