Zesty Lemon Cupcakes 柠檬纸杯蛋糕

by Angie Liew
Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon is one ingredient that when we like it, we really love it. They’re just superb in these homemade zesty lemon cupcakes. Freshly squeezed lemon juice and grated lemon zest add zing to these light and delicate cupcakes. They give each bite such a refreshing zest of citrus flavour. They have such an incredible soft texture and the tangy cream cheese frosting on the top is to die for. The zesty lemon together with the sweet tangy frosting compliment each other so perfectly. What’s more, these delicious and gorgeous cupcakes are so easy to make! As usual, enjoy!

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes 柠檬纸杯蛋糕

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
Freshly squeezed lemon juice and grated lemon zest add zing to these light and delicate cupcakes. They have such an incredible soft texture and the tangy cream cheese frosting on the top is to die for!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time48 mins
Keyword: cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Lemon Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 188g
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 lemons, zest freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 113g
  • 1 cup sugar, 220g
  • 1 egg, large
  • 2 egg whites, from large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract, optional
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeeze,1 lemon

Cream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, 113g
  • 4 ounce cream cheese, 112g
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 cups icing sugar, 120 - 240g

    Instructions

    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      To make these zingy lemon cupcakes, we need to have fresh lemons. Grate the skins for the lemon zest and squeeze the lemon for fresh lemon juice.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Prepare all ingredients needed to make these zingy lemon cupcakes.
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      Next, preheat oven to 180 degree C ( 350 degree F ).
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Line a 12 or 24 cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Have ready an ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into the liners.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      In a small mixing bowl, add sifted all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Mix everything together and set aside.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      In a bowl of an electric mixer, add butter ( softened to room temperature ),
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      Beat the butter until creamy.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Then, add sugar.
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      Beat butter and sugar using medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scape down the sides and bottom of bowl occasionally throughout entire mixing process.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Then beat in the egg until well mixed with the batter.
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      Next, add the egg whites, one at a time and continue mixing until the egg whites is well corporated.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Add the vanilla extract.
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      Followed by lemon extract.
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      And the freshly grated lemon zest. Mix until everything is well combined.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Remove mixing bowl from electric mixer. Add half of the flour mixture. Using a long wooden spoon, mix the flour (in the figure of S) into the batter.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Then add in milk.
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      And the freshly squeezed lemon juice.
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      Add in the remaining of the flour mixture and continue mixing with the wooden spoon until well combined.
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      Using an ice-cream scoop, spoon the batter 3/4 full into the cupcake liners.
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      Put the cupcake pan into the preheated oven.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Bake for 18 minutes or until the tops set and a toothpick inserted in centre of cupcake comes out clean.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      When baked, removed cupcake pan to cool on wire rack.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Then transfer cupcakes to cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Next prepare ingredients to make the frosting.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese and lemon zest on low speed for about 1 minute.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Then add in vanilla extract and beat until smooth, another 1 minute.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Gradually add in the icing sugar. Beat on medium speed for another 1 minute.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Transfer the cream cheese frosting into a piping bag with a frosting tip.
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Frost the cooled cupcakes. And we're done!
    • Zesty Lemon Cupcakes
      Garnish the frosted lemon cupcakes with a cut of lemon and lemon zest. These beautifully delicious cupcakes are any lemon lover Spring dream cupcakes!

Enjoy!

Notes

It's best to fold in the flour with a wooden spoon when mixing with the batter instead of using the electric mixer. This is to prevent over-mixing.
Keep the frosted lemon cupcakes refrigerated using needed.

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