The lemon in this cupcake recipe brings both an incredible tang and tartness to otherwise simple treat. For even more sweetness, we top each cupcake with a healthy dollop of a sweet cream cheese frosting. This is a perfect dessert for a Sunday brunch, or a festive afternoon tea party. Smart Recipes, American Recipes, Dairy Recipes, Recipes Dairy American Zesty Lemon Cupcakes Zesty Lemon Cupcakes Recipe | PT40M Serves 12 Ingredients: 1.5 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 0.25 Teaspoon Salt 1 Cup Unsalted Butter 1 Cup Granulated Sugar 1 Large Egg 2 Large Egg Whites 1 Teaspoon Lemon Extract 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract 5 Large Lemons 0.5 Cup Milk 1 Large Lemon 4 Ounce Cream Cheese 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cups of a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add 1/2 cup of butter and beat until creamy. Add sugar and beat on medium speed until fluffy and light, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Add egg and beat until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time and beat until well combined. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon extract, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and lemon zest from 4 lemons and beat until combined. Add half of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add milk and lemon juice and stir to combine. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined. Pour the mixture into prepared muffin cups about 2/3 of full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Carefully, invert onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving. In a bowl, add cream cheese, half cup of butter and zest of 1 lemon and with an electric mixer, beat on low speed for about one minute. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and beat until smooth. Slowly, add confectioners sugar and beat on medium speed for about one minute. In a piping bag with a frosting tip, place frosting mixture and pipe ono each cupcake.

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