Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes
I do not know about you but I AM SO READY FOR SUMMER! At this point in our dreary, cold and dreadfully long winter, I am just begging for 50 degrees or above and SUNSHINE (oh sunshine...how I miss you and forget what your glorious rays feel like on my skin). Also, please stop snowing AND raining. Agh....winter you are no longer welcomed here. OK?
In all efforts and attempts to hurry summer and warm weather along I am switching our soups and hearty comfort foods over to the light and colorful summer dishes. We have eaten our body weight in asparagus recently and I am itching to get the grill out and fired up for back porch dinners.
I actually hadn't planned on making anything for Easter, I wasn't inspired by anything or really craving something particular. That all changed when I saw a picture of lemon poppy seed cake and I immediately went to the kitchen and started baking therapy.
Cake flour is a must in this recipe. It makes the cupcakes so incredibly soft and fluffy. You will be shocked and then immediately want to snuggle up next to their tender little selves. This is best eaten straight out of the oven warm or within the next 24 hours. Honesty they are perfect on their own and do not need any icing. However, if you are feeling inclined I recommend the light lemon flavored cream cheese frosting route.
I am not a huge icing fan and definitely hate overly sweet things (and icing....ick) so I tend to air on the side of a not so sweet buttercream/cream cheese frosting. So if it is not as sweet as you would like, continue to add more powdered sugar. If so you may need to adjust the whipping cream and lemon juice ratios to keep nice and soft and fluffy. Note that this isn't a stiff decorating frosting. Best to just ice them with a knife and cute sprinkles. If you don't want a lemon flavor, omit the lemon juice and just add more heavy cream.
Make these Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes ASAP for a bite of summer and sunshine, it will help with this forever long winter. I promise 🙂 Happy April!
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