Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

 

I post a lot of cupcake recipes, have you noticed? Why? Because it means I get to eat more cupcakes :). Really I just love cupcakes and they're just so pho

What you will need

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cake flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 Tbsp lemon zest (zest of 2 medium lemons)

1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened

1 large egg

2 large egg whites

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp buttermilk

1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Simple Syrup

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp sugar

3/4 cup butter , nearly at room temperature (I used 1/2 cup unsalted and 1/4 cup salted)

1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp heavy cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp lemon extract

Lemon slices or lemon drop candies and mint leaves for decorating (optional)

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