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Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

Makes: 18 servings
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Prep 40 mins Stand 30 mins Bake 350°F 15 mins to 18 mins Cool 45 mins
Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 3/4  cup  butter
  • 3  eggs
  • 1 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/2  cups  sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2  tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 2  tablespoons  raspberry liqueur or milk
  • 2/3  cup  buttermilk or sour milk*
  •  Red food coloring
  • 1  recipe Creamy Raspberry Frosting
  •  Thin lemon wedges (optional)
  •  Fresh raspberries (optional)
Directions

1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line eighteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, and liqueur; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Tint batter pink with a few drops of food coloring.

3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.

4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

From the Test Kitchen*Test Kitchen Tip:
  • To make 2/3 cup sour milk, place 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 2/3 cup liquid; stir. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.
Creamy Raspberry Frosting

Yield: 3 1/2 cups
Start to Finish 10 mins
Ingredients
  • 3/4  cup  butter
  • 7 - 7 1/2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 3  tablespoons  milk
  • 3  tablespoons  raspberry liqueur or milk
  • 5  drops red food coloring
Directions

1. Allow butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in milk, liqueur, and food coloring. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar until frosting reaches spreading or piping consistency.

Nutrition Facts (Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes)
  • Servings Per Recipe 18,
  • cal. (kcal) 455,
  • Fat, total (g) 16,
  • chol. (mg) 77,
  • sat. fat (g) 10,
  • carb. (g) 75,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 4,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 63,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 486,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 28,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 202,
  • Potassium (mg) 50,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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