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lemon poppy seed cupcakes

It’s been far too long since I posted a new cupcake recipe on the blog! These lemon poppy seed cupcakes are to die for. They are seriously some of the prettiest cupcakes I’ve made, and super delicious too! I don’t know who thought up the combination of lemon and poppy seed, but it is genius.

These cupcakes are light and fluffy, perfect sweetened, and full of flavor from the lemon zest and poppy seeds. They are topped with a delicious and light cream cheese frosting that is the perfect complement to the lemon flavor. I bake a lot of cupcakes, but these are definitely some of my favorite that I have ever made. I hope you’ll try these and love them like I do!

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

for the cupcakes:
1 3/4 cups sugar
zest of two lemons
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cold, cut into pieces
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

for the frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cupcake tins with paper liners. In a large bowl or a the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Whisk in the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the milk, vanilla, and lemon extract in a measuring cup, and add about half of the milk mixture to the flour mixture. Beat until well blended and smooth. Add the other half of the milk mixture, and beat until smooth. Gently fold in the poppy seeds. Fill paper liners 2/3 full and bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and mix until combined. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes as desired.

originally published on I Heart Naptime


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