Lemon Dreams

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Makes:
20 servings
Prep:
45 mins
Cool:
5 mins
Bake:
15 mins 350°F
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Lemon Dreams

Ingredients
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups sugar
3
eggs
1
cup buttermilk or sour milk
1
recipe Lemon Cream Frosting
1
cup lemon curd

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty to twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups or lightly coat with nonstick spray for baking; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, beating until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in the 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel. Spoon batter into prepared cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  4. Prepare Lemon Cream Frosting; set aside. Spoon lemon curd into a decorating bag fitted with a round or open star tip. Push tip into the top of each cupcake and force some of the lemon curd inside cake. Generously spread the frosting onto tops of cupcakes. If desired, garnish with additional finely shredded lemon peel. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator.

From the Test Kitchen

Mini Lemon Dreams

Line sixty to sixty-six 1 3/4-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. Prepare batter as directed in Steps 1 and 2 above. Spoon batter into prepared cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Continue as directed in Step 4.

Lemon Cream Frosting

Ingredients

6
ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup lemon curd
1
tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine cream cheese, butter, and lemon curd. Beat with mixer on medium to high until smooth. Gradually add 3 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in 1 Tbsp. milk. Gradually beat in another 3 cups powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in additional milk, 1 tsp. at a time, to reach spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts

(Lemon Dreams)
    Per serving:
  • 443 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 83 mg chol.,
  • 254 mg sodium,
  • 77 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 64 g sugar,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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