Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes

Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes

March 23, 2008


When I got April’s Bon Appétit in the mail, I immediately knew I had to make the lemon-raspberry cupcakes on the cover. Even though I’m not the biggest lover of raspberry-flavored things (LOVE fresh raspberries, artificially-flavored not so much), I just didn’t see how these could be bad. They sounded like the perfect springy treat, so I decided to make them for Easter.

Fabulous idea. I often take a few times to perfect a cupcake recipe, but these tasted really, really good the first time I made them. One reason for this? I went to Epicurious.com and read reader comments before making them. I highly recommend you always do this whenever possible. Yes, I trust Bon Appétit , but when 8 different people are saying, “No! I made these and you need to cut down on the butter,” it makes sense to listen.

The cake batter for these cupcakes was different than anything I’ve made before. First, the lemon peel. You really should use a zester (if you don’t have one, they’re cheap and very useful!), but you can use a vegetable peeler if you have to. Second, the butter. The recipe says to use 3/4 C (1 1/2 sticks), but everyone on Epicurious said that was way too much and to only use 1/2 C (1 stick). I ended up using a little less than 1 1/4 sticks and I thought it was just fine.

So, beat the butter (about 1 1/4 sticks), powdered sugar (1 1/2 C), and lemon peel (3 T) in a large bowl until fluffy and pale yellow. Then add the eggs (2) one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in self-rising flour (1 1/4 C) adding half it, then beating in buttermilk (1/4C) and lemon juice (2 T), and then the rest of the flour.

Now, the recipe says to drop a tablespoon of batter into each muffin paper. But the reader comments I read said to put more batter in because the raspberry jam you’re going to add will sink to the bottom while baking. So I filled the cups more than half-way up with batter. The jam still sunk to the bottom. It wasn’t a huge deal and they still tasted delicious and were pretty, but if I make them again, I’ll probably fill the papers with batter and then add the jam on top. Or inject the cupcakes with jam. In this case, I added 1 teaspoon of raspberry jam on top of the already added batter and then covered the jam with more cupcake batter.

Put them in the oven at 350 for about 23 minutes. In the meantime, you can make the frosting, which is simply powdered sugar (1 1/2 C), lemon juice (2 T), and lemon peel (1 1/2 t). Whisk it until it’s nice and smooth (don’t get discouraged if it clumps up; just keep whisking). The recipe says to put this lemon icing on half the cupcakes and then stir in jam to the remainder of the icing and use that for the rest of the cupcakes. I wanted all my cupcakes to have pink icing, so I added the raspberry jam (1 1/2 T) right away. Spoon the icing over the cupcakes and let it set.

Since I was going to my parent’s house, I used the awesome cupcake carrier my sister bought me. So cute and convenient!

When you’re ready to serve, top with a fresh raspberry. These cupcakes were an Easter hit and I can definitely see myself making these past spring and all the way through summer. They were the perfect amount of moist and had a nice little lemony zing.

Hope your Easter was wonderful![Sues]

12 Responses to "Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes"

  1. ToKissTheCook says:

    Man alive. You know you’re in for a treat when the batter’s thick like that. They look ADORABLE and I am SO glad you didn’t break out in hives from all that raz-amazingness!

  2. Alya says:

    It looks exactly like the cover of the mag! Good going!

  3. Sara says:

    so pretty! they look awesome!

  4. Jenn says:

    Those look ridiculously delicious!

  5. Gjelly says:

    I was at a bookstore this weekend and saw that issue and totally thought of you! 🙂 They look tasty!

  6. design for mankind. says:


  7. Raquelle says:

    Those look delicious!

    I’m loving your blog. Great concept, lots of interesting entries, lots of photos! Keep up the good work.


  8. toni says:

    are you sure you’re not martha? that looks so goooooooooood!!!

  9. Hearts and Crafts says:

    Those are adorable! they look delicious too!

  10. Jessica says:

    Literally years later…

    But another post who had done the same recipe recommended sprinkling a little flour on the jam after you put it so it sticks to the batter rather than sunk. My first batch sunk to the bottom, and the 2nd batch remained close to the top with a beautiful marble to them.

  11. Lisa Leong says:

    Your cake is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I baked ths similar cake ( fresh rasberry replace with the jam) for my husband birthday. All the cakes disappeared very fast. That day I ran out of cake cases in the kitchen, I used taller
    Cupcake liner
    in replace of the common cases.

    Happy baking.

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