Lemon and Vanilla Easter Cupcakes

I bought some Easter candy and thought I should put it to good use!

Lemon and Vanilla Easter Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

3 cups cake flour

1 tbs baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

Zest of 3 lemons and 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

3 cups unsalted butter at room temperature

2 pounds icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Purple gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F (165 C) and line your muffin tin with paper liners. Wisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in zest and vanilla. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 additions of buttermilk and lemon juice, and beating until combined after each.-
  3. Divide batter among lined cups, filling each three quarters full. Bake rotating halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  4. For the frosting. With an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce speed to medium. Add the icing sugar ½ cup at a time, beating after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed; after every two additions, raise speed to high and beat 10 seconds to aerate the frosting, then return to medium. This should take about 5 minutes. Frosting will be pale and fluffy.
  6. Add vanilla, and beat until frosting is smooth, add small amount of purple gel food coloring to achieve a lavender color, and beat until color shows through.
http://www.americancupcakeabroad.com/cupcakes/lemon-and-vanilla-easter-cupcakes

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

To Decorate
Pipe frosting in big swirls and add the sprinkles you want first before the icing becomes stiff. Stick chocolate bunny right in the center. The big swirls will keep him in place. Add jelly beans and any other candy you desire. If you don’t have a piping bag use a spatula and 1/4 cup of frosting to make a nice rounded top.

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