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Lemon Cupcakes

Makes: 20 to 24 servings
Bake 350°F 20 mins to 25 mins
Lemon Cupcakes
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 2/3  cup  shortening
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 3  eggs
  • 2/3  cup  milk
  • 1  tablespoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2/3  cup  sugar
  • 1/3  cup  lemon juice
  •  Lemon peel curls (optional)
  •  Fresh lemon balm leaves (optional)

1. Grease and lightly flour twenty to twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar and beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating on low to medium speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in the 1 tablespoon lemon peel. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. (Fill any empty, greased muffin cups with water to avoid damaging pan.)

3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Place cupcakes upside-down on wire racks set over waxed paper.

4. In a small mixing bowl stir together the 2/3 cup sugar and lemon juice. Brush sugar mixture over warm cupcakes until all is absorbed. Cool completely. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Before serving, garnish with lemon peel curls and lemon balm leaves, if desired. Makes 20 to 24 cupcakes.

From the Test KitchenTo Present This Gift...
  • Place a serving plate on the watercolor paper and trace around it. Cut out the shape 1 inch smaller than the drawn line. Mix food coloring with water to desired color. Paint a design on the paper as desired. Let dry. Center the paper on the plate and arrange the cupcakes on top.
Also try this...
  • Use colored cellophane, found at paper goods stores, to cut and use as a plate liner.
To present this gift you will need:
  • Clear glass serving plate
  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Food Coloring
  • Clean paintbrushes

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