LEMON CUPCAKES with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

FOR THE LEMON CUPCAKES:
1 ½ cups cake flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup whole milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE CUPCAKES:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer, beat the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes, or until creamed.

Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated.
Slowly mix in half of the dry ingredients, half of the milk, and the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice; mix until well-combined. Add the remaining dry ingredients and milk. Mix until fully combined and no lumps are visible.
Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners until about ⅔ full.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTING:
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until well blended and no clumps remain.
Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add vanilla and beat until creamy.
Pipe onto cupcakes using a knife or your favorite frosting tip (we used tip 1C). Garnish with a slice of lemon, if desired.

source: crayonsandcravings.com

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