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These cupcakes were inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe for yellow cake with vanilla frosting. I can never leave well enough alone, I always have to tweak a recipe. Luckily that sometimes pays off, as it did with these cupcakes. They have the perfect delicate lemon flavor, not overpowering, just right.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • finely grated zest of 1 small lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line 12 standard muffin tins with paper liners.
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, mix milk and vanilla; set aside.
  • In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk mixture, then remaining dry ingredients.
  • Add lemon juice and zest. Do not overmix.
  • Divide batter evenly amoung prepared muffin tins.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool cupcakes in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.

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