Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Drizzle

These cupcakes were made for a dear friend’s birthday. She looks just like these cupcakes. No… not literally. What I mean is she’s one of those gals who you meet and immediately think to yourself “Well aren’t you just darlin’.” And then the cuteness factor she possesses is strengthened by the thick East Texas accent that makes her so particularly precious. Phrases like “Hay Y’all” and “Whatcha do-win?” seem to spill out of her mouth in a sweet as sugar tone making her delightful to listen to. The day I found out she pronounces coyote “cow-oh-tee” was the day I decided she is the cutest little thang I have ever met. Obviously she deserved these delectable cupcakes at her tea party themed birthday extravaganza.

Ingredients:
3 cups cake flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, at room temp
2 & 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs, at room temp
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin pans with cute cupcake liners.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together and set aside. Combine lemon juice and zest in a separate dish and set aside.

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a mixer set on medium speed. Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture by thirds, alternating with the lemon juice and zest mixture and buttermilk.

Fill cupcake liners with batter about two-thirds up the side of the liner. Bake until golden and a toothpick tests clean, about 25-35 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack and glaze.

Ingredients:
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 {or so} Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon clear vanilla {optional, or you can sub almond extract}

Directions:
Combine ingredients thoroughly until smooth and use to glaze lemon cupcakes.

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