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)

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

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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