Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

When my friend Jen told me she was making cupcakes for her sister Christine’s baby shower I immediately invited myself to join in on the project. Thanks for letting me, Jen! And of course I turned it into a bigger project than it needed to be (A 3-tiered cupcake tower display was an absolute MUST!), but that’s just the way I roll.

Jen and I decided on a lemon cupcake. Lemon is a light and fresh flavor perfectly fitting for June, and it went along with Christine’s color scheme of blue and yellow. Actually, I’m surprised we’ve gone all these months without posting a lemon cupcake. Shame on us!

We decided to do a yellow and white frosting; I admit I was a tad heavy handed with the yellow dye, they were a bit brighter than I planned. But the taste was on point! Note to self: a little dye goes a loooong way! Live and learn I guess. But overall I think the cupcakes were a success; the cake itself was not overly sweet, most of the sweetness came from the frosting. The addition of lemon zest is key, it really adds the needed zing.

We made the adorable cupcake tower using simple, detailed instructions from Annie’s Eats. We found all our supplies from Hobby Lobby and it was an easy project…minus the half hour drive around town in search of glue sticks. 😉 Check out Annie’s blog and make a tower for your next party! Because Christine went with cupcakes instead of a cake we wanted to make a topper so that we could still write a message. We made a giraffe using cardstock and stuck it in a cupcake with a toothpick. I think it was perfect!

CONGRATULATIONS to the parents-to-be!
This baby will be such a cutie and will have the most amazing parents!!

Here's what you'll need

Start by whisking together your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt

Cream together butter and sugar

You'll need 3 eggs…1 of our eggs was a twin. We were so excited about it!

Add the eggs 1 at a time

Here's Kara zesting some lemons, we'll need the zest in a few minutes

And in goes the zest

1 teaspoon vanilla

Now alternately add the dry…

…and wet (sour cream ya'll!). Make sure everything is combined.

And that's it..fill cupcake liners 3/4 full

While cupcakes are in the oven go ahead and start the frosting. You'll need butter & confectioners' sugar

Plus a tablespoon of milk

And the star of the show…fresh lemon juice!

Well I guess the zest is a star too! I didn't mean to play favorites.

Add confectioners' sugar gradually until you reach the consistency you want

And of course some vanilla.

Ok now add in the lemon juice, you'll need about a quarter cup

Confectioners' sugar

For fun we decided to dye half yellow and keep the other half white

Now it's time to frost

A dollop of white on top

And some cute pearly blue balls for the perfect touch

Congrats Christine and Jim!

Can't wait for baby Charlie to arrive!