Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
by Kathy Przywara
These cupcakes are a yummy, lemony sponge-type cake. Top them with my Lemonade Buttercream Frosting and you'll have a fabulous summertime treat.
Photo courtesy of Melanie Croft
# of Servings: 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder*
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup graulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 cup coconut or soy milk*
1 tsp vanilla
1 lemon, zest and juice
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners.
Combine dry ingredients, including sugars, in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
Combine wet ingredients, including lemon zest, in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
Pour the wet works over the dry works. Whisk to combine. Do not beat.
Divide among the 12 cupcakes - about 1/4 cup each should fill it 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Do not underbake or they tend to fall as they cool. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely before frosting.
If you are avoiding wheat or gluten, you can make the gluten-free version of Lemon Wacky Cake.
Lemonade Buttercream Frosting
1 stick butter (contains milk) or dairy-free stick margarine* (at room temperature)
1/2 lemon, zest and juice
1 Tbsp water
3 cups powdered sugar*
1 tsp vanilla
Cream (beat it with a mixer) the butter or margarine until fluffy. Add lemon zest and juice. Beat until fluffy. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and beat until well combined. Add another cup and beat well. Add water, vanilla, salt and final cup of powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy. Adjust consistency with a little more powdered sugar or water (a teaspoon at a time) if needed.
This is a rather soft frosting, but can be piped with a 1M star tip to make a nice swirl/rosette on cupcakes. Garnish was some lemon zest or twist.
I have not tried this with shortening, but it should work. It will likely be stiffer and may require an additional teaspoon of water. I would not use tub or light margarine as it will be too soft.
*Use whatever butter or margarine is safe for your allergies for the frosting. Butter contains milk. If you have a milk allergy, use a milk-free/dairy-free margarine. There are also soy-free margarine choices available. Use whatever milk alternative is safe for your allergies for the cake. Use safe powdered sugar (most contain corn starch) but you can find ones that contain tapioca starch. Corn-free baking powder is available as well.
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Kathy Przywara is KFA's recipe coordinator for the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation online collection of recipes. She has two children who have dealt with various food allergies.