Foodie Friday: lemon poppyseed cupcakes with almond icing

| January 16, 2015

Looking for something to bake while stuck inside with dreary weather? Tired of the same old chocolate chip cookies or boxed cupcakes? Try out these lemon poppy seed cupcakes. They taste similar to lemon poppy seed muffins, but are sweeter. Top them with the almond frosting for the perfect finishing touch. Serve them at your next get together or eat the whole batch while you binge watch “Friends” on Netflix.

They may take a little more effort than your traditional boxed cupcakes, but they will definitely be worth it.

Lemon poppy seed cupcakes

Ingredients:

3 c plain flour
1 1/2 caster sugar
4½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp poppy seeds
3/4 c unsalted butter
1 large lemon, zest only
1 1/4 c buttermilk
5 egg whites

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 350. Grease your cupcake pan, or add cupcake papers.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, poppy seeds and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix gently to combine.
    Add the butter, lemon zest and 1 c of buttermilk to the flour. Beat on low until completely mixed.
  • Raise the speed to medium and beat for 1 to 2 minutes until lighter in colour.
    In a medium bowl, combine the egg whites with the remaining 1/4 c buttermilk, whisk to blend thoroughly.
  • Slowly add the egg white mixture to the batter in 2 to 3 additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating only enough to incorporate the mix.
  • Divide the batter between the cupcakes.
    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the cupcakes are golden brown.

Almond frosting

Ingredients:

1 8 oz package cream cheese
3/4 c unsalted butter
3 c icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1 tbsp almond extract

Instructions:

  • In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the icing sugar, about a quarter at a time, beating well between each addition.
  • Add the almond extract and then continue to beat well for 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy.
If you do not have an electric mixer, that’s okay, you can use a good, old-fashioned spoon to mix your ingredients. If using a spoon for the frosting, melt the cream cheese a little bit and add it slowly as it tends to be difficult to stir.

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Category:Food and Drink, Lifestyle

Michelle Liringis is the Lifestyle Editor for the 2013-2014 year. She is an English major with a journalism minor and has been working with the Niner Times since her freshman year.

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Michelle Liringis is the Lifestyle Editor for the 2013-2014 year. She is an English major with a journalism minor and has been working with the Niner Times since her freshman year.