Lemon Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting

It’s finally starting to look like Spring! Southern California has been strangely gloomy and now that the sunshine is taking over… I thought a nice fruity, springy cupcake would be a nice treat. A sour fruit like lemon and a sweet fruit like kiwi would be the perfect combo, let’s get cookin’!
Aaah so refreshing

Ingredients:
• 2 1/2 cups flour
• 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
• 4 large eggs
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• Lemon zest (2-3 lemons)
• 1/2 cup butter (softened)
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• Lemon juice (1-2 lemons worth)

Preheat the oven to 350F
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together.
Zesty
In a large bowl, put the sugar and lemon zest together. The best way to get the lemon flavor mixed into the sugar is to press the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers. This will make the sugar moist and smelling lemony!
Squish
Add the butter to the sugar/lemon mixture and beat until the mixture is light.
Beat in the vanilla extract and then alternate between adding the flour mixture and the egg mixture into the sugar/lemon bowl.
Cupcake batter
Beat all of the ingredients together for a few minutes until everything is blended nicely.
Place the batter into the cupcake foils and place them into the oven for about 18-20 minutes.

While those babies are baking, let’s get started on the best part… the kiwi frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:
• 1/4 cup butter (softened)
• 1 (8oz.) pack of cream cheese
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla
• 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1/2 cup freshly diced kiwi’s (about 2-3 kiwi’s)

In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until they’re smooth.
Then beat in the kiwi’s and vanilla extract.
Slice n' dice
While still beating the mixture, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
Kiwi frosting
Frost the cupcakes, once they’re cooled and you’re all set!
Fruity

25 thoughts on “Lemon Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting

  1. SouthernBoundSoul says:

    Hi there, I am definitely wanting to try this recipe and because my mother loves lemon cupcakes I decided to make them this Sunday. Do you have a vanilla frosting recipe instead of the kiwi I can use though?

  2. Tanya says:

    I just made some lemon cupcakes today… could you tell me what the difference is between “lemoning” up the sugar and then proceeding? I added the lemon zest and lemon juice right at the end… does it make a difference taste-wise?
    Cupcakes look amazing btw 🙂

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