2.18.2010

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

It's that time of year again!!! Time for Meyer Lemons! Don't you just love these pretty little lemons? They are wonderful for lemonade. I only bought four of them though so I decided to use a couple of them in a batch of lemon poppy seed cupcakes.

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This was my first time making poppy seed cupcakes.

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It was also my first time to fold fluffy egg whites into my batter. My daughter and I watch a lot of Food Network so I had her help me decide when they were fluffy enough. She's such a pro! :)

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I was really pleased with how they came out. They were light and moist.

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I went with a Meyer lemon cream cheese frosting to top off my cupcakes and then added just a bit of lemon zest to pretty them up.

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My cupcake recipe was inspired by this Taste of Home poppy seed cake recipe.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

by theUngourmet

Print recipe

1/3 cup poppy seeds
1 cup reduced fat buttermilk
4 egg whites
3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice from 1 Meyer lemon
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Soak the poppy seeds in the buttermilk for 30 minutes. Place the egg whites into a large bowl and allow to come to room temperature.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside

Beat the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest. Alternate mixing the flour mixture and buttermilk-poppy seed mixture into the shortening-
sugar mixture.

Whip the egg whites until light and fluffy and fold into batter.

Evenly divide batter into lined or unlined muffin cups. I got 22 cupcakes out of this mix.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool.

Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz softened cream cheese
3 tbsp softened butter
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1-2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Combine the cream cheese, butter, lemon juice and milk. Beat until creamy. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Garnish with lemon zest.
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I wanted to take a moment to thank a couple of my bloggy friends for these pretty awards!

Thank you Susan at Blackberry Jam Cafe! Your blog is so fun, pretty, and delicious... and has the cutest name ever! :)



Thank you Sophie from Sophie's Foodiefiles! Your recipes are always amazing! Wish you didn't live so far away. It would be fun to meet you!



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As some of you know, my son and I are busy folding cranes for his study of Japan. I found this wonderful video on You Tube. I thought I'd share it in case any of you felt in the mood to do a bit of paper folding too. :)



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53 comments:

Dustjacket Attic said...

I love things with some lemon in them!

Congrat's on your lovely awards!
xoxo

QIS said...

This is great. Just looking at the pictures made me hungry!!Congratulations on your award!

Jenn said...

Cupcake queen strikes again!! Mmmmm... I remember making origami once as an art project in school. Don't think I every did it again after that. hehehe...

MaryMoh said...

Looks moist and delicious. Anything lemony wins my heart :D

KennyT said...

Kim always makes beautiful cupcakes!!!

Sook said...

What beautiful cupcakes! I love lemony flavors in muffins or cupcakes. yum!

Congrats on your award!

scrappysue said...

yuuuuum kim!!!

Bellini Valli said...

Lemon and poppy seeds are just one of those long time loves of mine.

Angie's Recipes said...

Kim, thanks for the VIDEO!
Poppy and lemon are a classic and delicious combination. Bravo!

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I'm still looking for wheat pastry flour... what happens if you use the regular one?

Claudia said...

Pretty in yellow! I love lemony anything - the cupbakes are beautiful. yay for you and your daughter - pros in the kitchen. And shout otus for origami and those that can do what I cannot.

TKW said...

Can I just take a bucketload of that frosting?

Pam said...

Beautiful cupcakes! My favorite kind!

Randi Troxell said...

i love lemon poppy anything so im sure i would love these..

have a great wkend!

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous cupcakes! They sound so good with the Meyer lemon!

Krista said...

Such a classic and ALWAYS delicious. Love coming to your blog and drooling over the sweets. These look wonderful!

So are you folding cranes all weeekend?

Julie said...

These muffins are calling my name...yum!

Joanne said...

Doing the egg white thing definitely adds some serious fluff factor! These look delicious. I love lemon poppy seed muffins...and with cream cheese frosting! Excellent.

cookbookapprentice said...

The muffins look wonderful! I make muffins a lot but never frosted them. Will have to try these! Congrats on your awards!

Gloria said...

I love lemon this look delicious! gloria

Heidi said...

Am I the only one who has never heard of a meyer lemon??? Is it different than a regular lemon?

nanny said...

Yum...those cupcakes are too pretty to eat...well maybe just one!
I love your new header, very pretty. Did you design it your self?
Congrats on well deserved awards!!

Rambling Tart said...

They ARE pretty lemons!! Lovely :-) I like the zest on top - just perfect. :-)

Congrats on your awards!!! YAY! YAY! :-)

teresa said...

oh my gosh, is there no end to your genius! i love lemon pastries, these look fantastic!

Debbie said...

Lemon and poppyseed make such a great combination. I need to finally purchase some Meyer lemons. I've never used them before.

Mc Allen said...

umm, YUM!!! these look terifficly de~lish! Great job, may have to try them :) LA

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow my fav, I will swap a madeleine for one! have a great weekend Rebecca

Danielle said...

those cupcakes look super yummy!!

Megan said...

Meyer lemons are so adorable! These cupcakes look delicious. I especially think I would enjoy that frosting.

P.S. Love your new blog header -- it has me thinking spring!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

These look absolutely delicious! And so pretty. Thanks for trying my noodles! I tried to do origami once and I stunk at it - nothing I made turned out right.

Velva said...

Lemon poppy cupcakes look delightful-If you lived close by I would so be ordering these cupcakes from you!

Pam said...

Is it Meyer lemon time all over. Even in TN?

Viva La Fashion said...

congrats on your awards! they're well deserved! :)

Fresh Local and Best said...

I adore Meyer lemons! They are the best in desserts!

HoneyB said...

I love poppy seed, lemon and cake! Theses look yummy Kim1

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I so want to try meyer lemons! They never seem to make it this far north, sigh.
The cuppycakes look wonderful.

♥peachkins♥ said...

the muffin looks really good!

kallay said...

Oh holy man... these are my favorite muffins on the planet! Yum and YUM! Also... you have an award. Just so you know! :D

My mouth is still watering thinking about these muffins. I just love them!

Juliana said...

Kim, the lemon cupcakes look absolutely delicious...love everything that uses lemon and adore the idea that you have lemon in the frosting as well...great great pictures!

noble pig said...

I miss my Meyer Lemon tree in California, I wish we could grow citrus here!
Lovely Cupcakes and I bet so flavorful!

Kristin said...

Visiting "back" from SITS, happy Saturday! I'm following now-I don't cook, but I love to bake! I'll definitely have to try some of your recipes!

Mommyof2girlz said...

These look delish! I've been using my lemons for Gin and Tonics...lol Congrats on your awards :) Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

koralee said...

Oh lemon is my favourite...lemon loaf with tart icing drizzle..nothing is better. xoxox

Faith said...

Lemon and poppy is such a great combination...your muffins look delicious, Kim! Congrats on your lovely awards!

Scraps said...

Those cupcakes look great!

JB's Cookinglady said...

These cupcakes look really yummy. Stopping by from SITS Saturday Sharefest.

Have a good one/

Katy ~ said...

I soooo want a lemon cupcake with lemon frosting. I think I am fainting from the want of these.

Olive said...

Hi KIm :)

your cupcakes look delicious! I love the flecks of poppy seeds in it :)

Congrats on the awards!! :)

BarbaraJean said...

Love the new look! I thought it was interesting that you soaked your poppy seeds in buttermilk. I learn something everytime I visit.
Hugs!

clearlytangled said...

these look fantastic! i love lemon desserts. so does my husband.

Julia said...

The lightly crusty edges around those muffins look delicious! Just the right amount of chewy and tangy and sweet to make me pass out in a cupcake induced coma. :)

I LOVE your new header. It RULES!!

À LA GRAHAM said...

Love your blog...love this recipe...can't wait to try it!

Allyson said...

I'm getting all caught up after 2 weeks of CRAZY. But I'm SO glad to have a non-box recipe for poppy seed muffins. I'm not a huge fan of the Betty Crocker box of lemon poppy seed mix. It's so good to know how to make it from scratch! Yum-O! Now...where to find poppy seeds...

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