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Delicious lemon poppy seed cupcakes with delicious lemon frosting

Delicious lemon poppy seed cupcakes with delicious lemon frosting

These Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes are a perfect treat for those who love the fresh, tangy flavors of lemon combined with the subtle crunch of poppy seeds. Each cupcake is light and fluffy, infused with lemon zest and juice for that bright citrus flavor, complemented by a rich lemon frosting that adds a creamy finish.

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Why you'll love it: The combination of lemon and poppy seeds not only provides a delicious contrast of flavors but also a pleasant texture. The optional lemon curd topping provides an extra burst of lemony sweetness that makes every bite even more irresistible. The cupcakes are topped with a creamy lemon frosting with a hint of vanilla and extra poppy seeds for a decorative touch.

Perfect occasion: These cupcakes are perfect for spring and summer get-togethers, tea parties, or any occasion calling for a light, refreshing dessert. They're also perfect for celebrations like birthdays, Mother's Day or Easter, offering a new twist on classic flavors.

Decorating Tips: For a charming presentation, garnish these cupcakes with a little lemon zest or a thin lemon slice. Edible flowers or a sprinkle of poppy seeds can also add to their visual appeal, making them as beautiful as they are delicious.

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Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (like canola or vegetable)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ⅛ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds
  • ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • Optional: lemon curd for garnish

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
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Instructions:

  1. Prepare the cupcakes:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a cupcake pan with liners.
    • Mix the sugar and lemon zest until the sugar turns pale yellow. This helps release the oils from the zest, improving the flavor.
    • In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, beat together the butter, oil, and lemon-sugar mixture until fluffy.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating them well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and lemon extracts and lemon juice.
    • Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. Alternately add the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the wet mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
    • Pour the batter into cupcake liners and bake for 20 to 24 minutes. Let cool completely if filling with lemon curd.
  2. Prepare the Lemon Curd (if using):
    • Once the cupcakes have cooled, make a small hole in the center of each and fill it with lemon curd.
  3. Prepare the frosting:
    • Cream the butter and sugar until well combined, then beat on high until the mixture is light and fluffy.
    • Add the salt, vanilla and lemon juice and beat again. Stir in the poppy seeds if using them. Gradually add heavy cream until frosting reaches desired consistency.
  4. Assemble the cupcakes:
    • Frost cooled cupcakes. If desired, garnish each with a little lemon zest or additional poppy seeds.

Enjoy these refreshing Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes, a delicious dessert that promises to bring a touch of sunshine to any table!

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