Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe

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Nelson Published: February 9, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Bake a bright and citrusy dessert with these lemonade cupcakes brushed with a lemon syrup then topped with rich frosting made of fresh raspberries.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • ¾cupall purpose flour
  • ¾cupcake flour
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • tspbaking soda
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ¾cupgranulated sugar
  • 1tbsplemon zest,(from 2 medium lemons)
  • ½cupunsalted butter,softened
  • 1large egg
  • 2large egg whites
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • ½tsplemon extract,optional, for slightly stronger lemon flavor
  • ¼cupbuttermilk,plus 3 tbsp
  • tbspfresh lemon juice

For Simple Syrup:

  • 1tbspfresh lemon juice
  • 1tbspsugar

For Raspberry Buttercream:

  • 1cupfresh raspberries,heaping
  • ½cupunsalted butter,nearly at room temperature
  • ¼cupsalted butter,nearly at room temperature
  • 3cupspowdered sugar
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • 24fresh raspberries,for topping
  • lemon wedges,for topping

Instructions

Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk for 20 seconds. Set aside.

  3. In a food processor, pulse together ¾ cup granulated sugar with the lemon zest for about 1 minute until finely ground.

  4. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter with lemon sugar mixture until pale and fluffy (scrape bowl).

  5. Mix in egg, then mix in egg whites one at a time, adding in vanilla (and lemon extract if using) with second egg white.

  6. In the liquid measuring cup used to measure buttermilk, whisk together buttermilk and lemon juice.

  7. Working in 3 separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add ⅓ of the flour mixture alternating with ½ of the buttermilk mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition.

  8. Divide batter among 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven for about 18 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes in the muffin tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Meanwhile, prepare simple syrup.

Simple Syrup:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon lemon juice with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Brush mixture over warm cupcakes (use all of it, about 2 light coats over each cupcake). Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare raspberry puree and allow to cool.

Frosting:

  1. Puree raspberries in a food processor until well pureed, then force through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl to remove seeds. This should make 6 to 7 tablespoons of puree.

  2. Heat mixture in a saucepan set over medium-low heat until reduced by half, about 3 to 3½ tablespoons. Cool completely (speed chill in the freezer).

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until very pale and fluffy.

  4. Mix in 1 cup powdered sugar, then mix in reduced raspberry puree and vanilla.

  5. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add in ¼ tsp raspberry extract, or to taste, for a stronger flavor.

  6. Add 1 raspberry to the top of each cupcake, then pipe frosting over raspberry and top with another raspberry and a small lemon wedge (and straws for decoration if desired. Mint leaves are also optional).

  7. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 420.47kcal
  • Fat: 19.90g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.33g
  • Trans Fat: 0.78g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.16g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.93g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.22g
  • Fiber: 1.53g
  • Sugar: 44.16g
  • Protein: 3.27g
  • Cholesterol: 66.54mg
  • Sodium: 150.49mg
  • Calcium: 51.66mg
  • Potassium: 82.07mg
  • Iron: 1.29mg
  • Vitamin A: 169.49µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.41mg
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