If you love all things LEMON, you’ll go crazy for these Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes! Sweet, dense lemon cupcakes topped with homemade lemon buttercream frosting…these cupcakes are completely bursting with citrus flavor.
HOW DO YOU MAKE LEMON POPPY SEED CUPCAKES?
- Measure your ingredients accurately. Most importantly? Be sure you spoon your flour into the measuring cups instead of scooping. This ensures that your cupcakes won’t end up dry.
- If possible, use fresh lemon juice. As with any fresh ingredients, fresh lemon juice will give you the most authentic (and delicious) lemon flavor!
- Use a cookie scoop to measure batter. I love using a cookie scoop to guarantee that all my cupcakes turn out the same size.
- Double the frosting recipe. If you’re anything like me, the frosting is the best part. Don’t be afraid to double it up!
So. I have to say. I’m kind of loving this winter so far. It’s been a strange one….that’s for sure. A couple winter thunderstorms, some seriously cold weather, snowstorms followed by 50 degree days….
But for some reason, none of it seems as bad to me this year.
Maybe it’s just a matter of getting older? And accepting the fact that this IS Wisconsin, after all? Or maybe it has to do with the fact that I don’t really leave my house that much? And when I do….I don’t really spend any time outside? Or maybe those 50 degree days have been just enough to make it all okay….
Whatever the reason, I’m feeling very content with the fact that it’s late January. Which is something I’m not sure I’ve ever said.
But really…before we know it, February will be here, and then March, which is basically spring! Right?
And in the mean time, I’m focusing on all the good things winter has to offer. At the top of my list? LEMONS.
I’ve been absolutely LOVING lemons! And not just lemons, but all the fresh citrus fruit that’s in the stores this time of year. I recently made Lemon Chicken Piccata (SO good) and have had a steady supply of fresh limes on hand for Irish Mules.
But just this week? I’ve had a taste for something sweet. And these Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes came to life.
Not only are they perfect for citrus season, but they’re especially perfect for occasions that call for an extra special sweet treat.
I’m beyond excited today to be part of a virtual baby shower for my friend Lindsay, who blogs over at Life, Love and Sugar, and is expecting TWINS!!! I’ve known Lindsay for a couple years now, and have been waiting for this day since the day I met her.
I’ll never forget sitting in a hotel room with her in San Francisco, listening to her talk about her struggles to get pregnant. And I’ll never forget thinking….of all the people I know….what an amazing mother she would someday be.
And then….the announcement came. She was pregnant with twin boys! And suddenly, everything was right with the world.
Now, I know that ALL baby showers are special, but there’s no denying there’s something particularly special about this baby shower.
And when you have a particularly special occasion? Of course you want to bring a particularly special dessert. Like these Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes!
I don’t know about you, but I like my cupcakes a little bit on the dense side, and these cupcakes are exactly that. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and lemony and cakey and chewy. And loaded with lemon flavor. In other words, they’re absolutely perfect.
And when you top them with JUST the right amount of lemon buttercream? They’re out of this world delicious. Perfect for winter, and baby showers, and any time you need something to celebrate. Because these Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes are definitely something to celebrate.
For extra frosting, double the recipe.
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 0gSugar: 53gProtein: 2g
For extra frosting, double the recipe.