I'm sick today and it's horrid. I'm really sad and so I'm sitting here watching "boyfriend does makeup" videos and guess what. they're hilarious. My friends usually watch them to make themselves feel like crap because they're single. For me, I just laugh and remind myself I don't need a boyfriend because boys are dumb. Dumb as rocks. Oh lawdy. It's okay. I'm totally fine with growing old with just my cats and a full kitchen. I've resigned myself to that fact. At least then I can make these cupcakes and not have to share them. If anything, I have to marry someone who can eat more than me so we can down dozens of cupcakes and doughnuts together. That's true love right there.
Onto these cupcakes. Wouldn't you rather get these in your Easter baskets rather than some dumb old candy? Yes. Yes you would. These are the best lemon cupcakes ever.
1 1/2 cups cake flour-sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
8 TBSP salted butter- softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 eggs (Add the first two and beat the third in a seperate bowl and pour in half)
1/2 c +2 TBSP milk
1 1/2 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract +more to taste
yellow food coloring
Directions:Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Sift together the flour and baking powder and set aside.
Combine the milk, lemon juice and vanilla and set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Beating each time until aerated and voluminous It should get all fluffy like 80s hair. Pour in half the milk mixture and mix on low. Add all of the flour and gently mix until nearly combined. Add the remaining milk and lemon extract and lightly mix until smooth. Don't over mix. Add more lemon extract to taste and yellow food coloring if desired.
Divide into the muffin tins, filling 3/4 of the way. Don't feel like you're overfilling them, it just gives them that cute dome that everyone loves and bakeries are known for.
Bake for 16-18 minutes or until just springy. Don't over-bake, that's key.
Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then finish cooling on a wire-rack. Frost and enjoy.
Melted Strawberry Buttercream
18 TBSP (2 sticks + 2 TBSP) butter
4 TBSP shortening
powdered sugar (About 2 cups)
1 big tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp strawberry extract + more to taste
Directions-Whip the butter and shortening together until creamy. Add in powdered sugar one 1/2 cup at a time until fairly stiff. Beat in the vanilla and strawberry extract to loosen up the frosting. Beat until airy and fluffy on high. When its to your liking, mix on low for a minute to get the big bubbles out so it pipes smooth.
Pipe on the cupcakes and enjoy.