Thursday, February 24, 2011

Elmo & Cookie Monster Pull-apart Mini Lemon Cupcakes

I made these last year for my now toddler's 1 year birthday- 4/17/10- to share with his school friends. And today, 2/24/11 is also Gordon, on Sesame Street's birthday- Happy Birthday, Gordon!!!

Cookie Monster was teething on a biscuit. The cupcakes, while not perfect since "I" decorated them, were definitely delish with the lemon flavor & a hit with the little ones! I made them mini pull-aparts for mini hands. Used a regular frosting & red, blue & to Make Black: Mix 3 parts red, 3 parts blue, and 2 parts green. Elmo= 10 mini cupcakes & Cookie Monster= 15 mini cupcakes. Elmo's nose & both their mouths are black frosting. Whomever got those cupcakes had lots of frosting. YUM!

Lemon Cupcakes

1 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
3 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
5 large eggs
2 tsp.vanilla extract
Zest of 2 lemons
4 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 325. Line 2, 12-cup cupcake tins (or 2, 24 mini cupcake tins) with cupcake liners

With mixer, beat butter & sugar on medium speed until light & fluffy. Very frothy, fluffy!

While butter & sugar are mixing, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt in a separate medium bowl. Set aside. After butter & sugar are thoroughly fluffy- mix in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla, lemon zest & juice.

With mixer on low speed, alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning & ending with the flour mixture & beating until fully incorporated.

Fill each liner nearly to the top with the batter.

Bake about 20-25 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean. Be careful NOT to overbake! Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

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