Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lemon and vanilla cupcakes

Last Saturday my sister came for a quick visit and I really wanted to make something that she could bring home to her kids. I wanted to make something that looked fun and something that was just for them so I went with colorful cupcake liners and marzipan toppers with their names on them so that could feel that it was just for them. 
I also went with a lemon cupcake that is really natural since they're very picky eaters! 
They take about one and a half hours to make. 

What you need: 
For the cupcake: 
3 dl flour 
1.25 teaspoons baking powder
0.5 teaspoon baking soda
0.5 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1.5 dl sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla sugar
1 dl olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 dl milk

For the frosting
120 grams softened and unsalted butter 
1/4 teaspoon salt
150 grams confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon flour 
two lemons
Food coloring

How you make them!
Start by making the batter: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 175°C
Step2: Mix together Flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla sugar and salt in a bowl. 
Step3: In a large bowl (or stand mixer) whisk your eggs with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. 
Step4: Add the sugar and mix for another 30 seconds.
Step5: Add the olive oil and lemon juice to the eggs and combine well on medium speed. 
Step6: Add the dry ingredients in 3 additions. 
Step7: Add the milk. 
Step8: Spread out you cupcake liners on an oven tray or in a cupcake tray and fill 23rds of the liners with batter. 
Step9: Bake for about 15-20 minutes until they're golden brown on the outside. You should be able to stick a toothpick into the middle of the cake and have it come out clean. Let them cool.

Make the frosting: 
Step10: Use the small holes on a grater to grate the lemon peel of of the lemon. 
Step11: Mix together the butter and the lemon peel. 
Step12: Add the confectioners sugar. 
Step13: Add the juice from one lemon. Add it carefully so that the frosting doesn't curdle. 
Step14: Add the flour and then the food coloring. 
If your frosting is to soft more flour and confectioners sugar and if it's too hard add more lemon juice or.  
Step15: Put the frosting in a piping bag and pipe it on top of the cupcake. 

I will make a separate tutorial on how to make the marzipan toppers. 

My friends George and Amanda holding their cupcakes. 

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