Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lemon Poppy-Seed Cupcakes


Here is the recipe for the Minnie Mouse cupcakes that I made for my daughter's first birthday party! For more details about the party itself, check out my post about the party.



Lemon Poppy-Seed Cupcakes
(makes 24 cupcakes)

Ingredients:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp baking powder, sifted
½ tsp baking soda, sifted
¼ tsp salt
4 oz cream cheese, softened
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
3 large eggs
½ cup milk
1 Tbsp lemon zest

Directions:
1.    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
2.    Whisk together the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
3.    In another medium bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
4.    Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture alternately in 3 batches with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating just until blended. Stir in the lemon peel.
5.    Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the baking pan, place on a wire rack, and allow them to cool completely.

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

Same recipe as my Blackberry Buttercream Frosting, except that I substituted the blackberry puree for raspberry puree.

For the decorations:

I piped the frosting onto the cupcakes using a large round tip. Since the raspberry puree gave the frosting a natural light pink color, I did not add any artificial coloring. Then, to follow the Minnie Mouse theme, I used miniature Oreo cookies for ears (2 cookies per cupcake), and then used the same raspberry frosting tinted with Wilton coloring gel (I used the Burgundy color) to pipe a small ribbon between the Oreo ears. Voila! Minnie Mouse cupcakes. 


Cupcake Source: Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
Frosting Adapted from: Foodie Bride

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