Friday, April 15, 2011

Perfectly Lemon Cupcakes

Of all the cupcakes we made these were my favorite!!  The lemon was just so PERFECT!!  The cupcake was super moist and the frosting was delicious...and that strawberry on top was just the perfect touch!

Perfectly Lemon Cupcakes
Cake:
1 package lemon cake mix
1 C sour cream
3/4 C water
3/4 C oil
4 eggs
1 small package lemon instant pudding

Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients. Mix well for a few minutes.  This batter is pretty thick so don't think you did something wrong when it turns out that way!  Scoop evenly into lined cupcake tins.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Check with a toothpick to see if they’re done.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, very soft
6-8 C powdered sugar
1/2 C fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (i used the zest from 2 lemons and used the juice from these lemons plus bottle lemon juice to make 1/2 cup as needed above)

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of sugar, then the juice and the zest. Beat until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency (I used about 7 cups althogether).  Use and store at room temperature.  Spread or pipe frosting on cupcakes and top with half a stawberry. 

Enjoy these...they are DELICIOUS!!
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