Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lemon-Honey Cupcakes

Rain, rain go away........I am just about sick of these cloudy,  gray, rainy, cold days!!! Yesterday, I had had enough and decided to create my own sunshine by doing some baking. My new baking cups were my inspiration....

and I found the perfect recipe to fill them!

Lemon-Honey Cupcakes

2¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp each baking powder and baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
¼ cup milk
1½ Tbsp grated lemon zest
4 Tbsp lemon juice
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup honey
¼ cup sugar
3 large eggs

Lemon-Honey Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup honey
1½ Tbsp grated lemon zest
4 cups confectioners' sugar
7 to 8 tsp lemon juice
Few drops yellow food color

1. Cupcakes: Heat oven to 350ºF. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl to blend. Whisk sour cream, milk, lemon zest and juice in a small bowl until well mixed.
3. Beat butter, honey and sugar in large bowl with an electric mixer 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended.
4. With mixer on low speed, beat in half the flour mixture, then the sour cream mixture. Beat in remaining flour mixture until just combined.
5. Spoon about ¼ cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
6. Frosting: Beat butter, honey and lemon zest in large bowl with electric mixer until creamed, about 2 minutes. On low speed, gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until blended. Beat in lemon juice and a few drops food color until mixture is fluffy and pale yellow.
7. Spoon into a large ziptop freezer bag, snip off one corner and pipe onto cupcakes, or just spread frosting onto cupcakes.

(Makes 24 Cupcakes.)

One of Michael's friends has been providing us with honey from their bee farm and I have been looking forward to baking with it. Needless to say...these babies were exactly what I needed to pick me up on such a dreary weekend! I will be sharing them with family as we celebrate Jordan and Jenna's Birthdays in the Springs today.