Best Ever Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Lemon muffins

The best ever lemon poppy seed muffin recipe is here! Or should I say cupcake recipe?  What distinguishes a muffin from a cupcake anyway?  Some say it’s in the flour, others say it is whether or not you put frosting on it.   I say it’s in the texture and the sweetness.  But oh,  how  I do love lemon.   So, on a quest to create a lemony,  brunch worthy muffin, I started baking.

My first attempt at this was by making a traditional muffin batter and adding some lemon extract and poppy seeds.  The result was unimpressionable.  Dull, bland flavor.

On my second try, I  added more lemon.   Adding zest from 2 lemons and then doubling the lemon extract, which resulted in muffins with slightly more of a lemon taste but with a strong alcohol taste.  Too much extract was to blame.

The third time,  I decided to try something totally different.  I had used vanilla emulsion in the past so I thought I would try adding lemon flavored emulsion in this recipe.  Using the emulsion, lemon zest, and lemon juice and opting to make these more like sweet cakes I used cake flour vs. all-purpose flour.   I was hoping for a moist,  sweet muffin, instead, they were delicious cupcakes!  Finishing them off with the perfect lemon glaze on top and they were divine!   So much for the “Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins”,  these are definitely cupcakes!

These were so I good that next time I will probably make this recipe using 9″ cake pans, to make a delicious lemon poppy seed cake… but for now, I am off for a bike ride.  Too many cupcakes are not good for the hips!

If you like this recipe you can also try these tangy-sweet Traditional Cranberry Orange Muffins

Rating

These amazing lemon poppy seed cupcakes with a lemon glaze are the perfect mid-morning snack or complement to any brunch menu. Deliciously moist with a lemony flavor you can't deny!

Lemon glazed Cupcakes on a cooling rack

Prep Time20 minsCook Time25 mins

 1 cup softened butter or margarine
 1 cup sugar
 1 tbsp lemon emulsion or lemon essence
 2 ½ tsp Baking Powder
 ¾ tsp salt
 4 eggs
 1 lemon (juice and zest)
 3 cups cake flour
 3 tbsp poppy seeds
Lemon Glaze
 3 tbsp unsalted butter
 1 cup confectioners sugar
 1 tsp lemon essence
 1 tbsp milk

1

Preheat oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Make lemon zest, and set aside

how to make Lemon zest

2

Blend together first 5 ingredients on the list on medium speed for 2 minutes.

ingredients in stand mixer

3

Add eggs one at a time, blending after each addition.

cream butter and sugar

4

Add 1 1/2 cups cake flour and blend.

Blend in flour

5

Add milk and remaining cake flour and blend on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Adding milk to cupcake batter

6

Add lemon zest and juice from the lemon, and blend well.

Lemon zest and lemon juice

7

lemon cake batter

8

Add poppy seeds and mix on low speed until blended.

Poppy seeds in cupcake batter

9

Fill muffin cups until 3/4 full.

lemon poppy seed cupcake batter in muffin tin

10

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool on a baking rack before glazing.

Baked lemon poppy seed Cupcakes

Lemon Glaze
11

Melt butter and add in lemon essence, confectioners sugar, and milk and blend with a spoon until smooth.

lemon glaze

12

When muffins are cooled, spread tops with lemon glaze.

Enjoy!

Lemon glazed Cupcakes on a cooling rack

click through gallery of photos below

Ingredients

 1 cup softened butter or margarine
 1 cup sugar
 1 tbsp lemon emulsion or lemon essence
 2 ½ tsp Baking Powder
 ¾ tsp salt
 4 eggs
 1 lemon (juice and zest)
 3 cups cake flour
 3 tbsp poppy seeds
Lemon Glaze
 3 tbsp unsalted butter
 1 cup confectioners sugar
 1 tsp lemon essence
 1 tbsp milk

Directions

1

Preheat oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Make lemon zest, and set aside

how to make Lemon zest

2

Blend together first 5 ingredients on the list on medium speed for 2 minutes.

ingredients in stand mixer

3

Add eggs one at a time, blending after each addition.

cream butter and sugar

4

Add 1 1/2 cups cake flour and blend.

Blend in flour

5

Add milk and remaining cake flour and blend on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Adding milk to cupcake batter

6

Add lemon zest and juice from the lemon, and blend well.

Lemon zest and lemon juice

7

lemon cake batter

8

Add poppy seeds and mix on low speed until blended.

Poppy seeds in cupcake batter

9

Fill muffin cups until 3/4 full.

lemon poppy seed cupcake batter in muffin tin

10

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool on a baking rack before glazing.

Baked lemon poppy seed Cupcakes

Lemon Glaze
11

Melt butter and add in lemon essence, confectioners sugar, and milk and blend with a spoon until smooth.

lemon glaze

12

When muffins are cooled, spread tops with lemon glaze.

Enjoy!

Lemon glazed Cupcakes on a cooling rack

click through gallery of photos below
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

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