Celeste’s Lemon Cupcakes

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lemoncupcakes.jpgLemon Cupcakes

I box Moist Deluxe Butter Recipe Golden cake mix
1/3 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
grated peel from the lemon
3 large eggs
Lemon Cream Cheese Icing
1 bag Ferrara Pan Lemon Heads

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place one baking cup in each cupcake pan.

3. Place butter in mixing bowl (if it is not softened, put it in the microwave for 1 minute).

4. Add dry mix, lemon juice, buttermilk, lemon peel, and eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds). Beat at medium to medium high speed for 4 minutes.

5. Spoon batter into pans (batter will fill from 20-24 pans – you may need to re-distribute to make 24).

6. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

7. Cool in pan on wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

8 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
Juice from 1 lemon
Peel from 1 lemon
1/4 cup lemon curd
1 packet True Lemon®
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar

1. Place the butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. (Microwave for 1 minute if they are not softened). Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy.

2. Stop the machine and add 2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar, the lemon peel, the lemon juice, the lemon curd, and the packet of the True Lemon®. Blend with the mixer on low speed until ingredients are mixed together.

3. Add more sugar (1 – 2 cups) and beat until sugar is incorporated. Add sugar by the cup until a light creamy consistency is achieved. Icing should have enough sugar to harden – melty icing is not neat.

4. Use to frost cupcakes. I was able to ice up to 36 cupcakes, with about 1 cup of icing left over. I prefer to have too much than too little.

5. Top each cupcake with a Lemon Head candy

Here they are in my lovely Cupcake Courrier! I have to admit that we ate a lot of them ourselves. I did bring half of them to school – I put some of them in the main office, and brought the rest to lunch to share with my colleagues.

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