Sunday, February 20, 2011

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

Continuing with the meyer lemon love this week, I've got another winning recipe!  I made mini cupcakes for a friend's baby shower and fell in love.  In fact, I've made a few batches :)

Due to the use of coconut milk, these are vegan, if you're looking for that sort of thing ;)  Light and delicate in texture, the flavor was bright and not too sweet.  I topped them with a little lemon glaze, but it's up to you!

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes
slightly adapted from Love & Olive Oil
Yield:  12 cupcakes or ~32 mini cupcakes

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup oil
1 cup full fat coconut milk  (full fat really is better!!)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
zest of 2 meyer lemons
1 teaspoon meyer lemon juice
meyer lemon glaze, see below

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add sugar and brown sugar and mix. Whisk together oil, coconut milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until relatively smooth.

Prepare mini muffin tin with cooking spray.  Fill cupcake tins with ~1T batter (just about 2/3 full).  Bake for 10-12min or until golden (a toothpick inserted to the center should come clean).  Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.  [For regular size cupcakes, fill with 3T batter and bake 20-25min]

For a lemon glaze, I just whisked together ~1/2c powdered sugar and the juice of 1/2 meyer lemon.  Adjust with more powdered sugar or lemon juice to achieve desired consistency and drizzle over cupcakes.

Have you jumped on the meyer lemon bandwagon?


Erica said...

Aww! I bet your friend LOVED these! And I bet the coconut milk added some interesting flavor and made them taste nice and light. nom nom!

Joanne said...

I would LOVE to jump on the meyer lemon bandwagon but I can't find them anywhere! Whole foods doesn't seem to have them, nor does my local supermarket. I'm going on a hunt for them today. And I refuse to come back empty-handed.

These cupcakes are so cute!

Lauren said...

I haven't made anything with meyer lemons, but these cupcakes look like a great recipe to start with!

Elizabeth said...

These remind me of the cupcakes from Babycakes, a vegan bakery in NY. They look delicious! I want to bake something with coconut milk.

Unknown said...

can we still throw some nutella on that? hehe.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

These look ADORABLE!

Biz said...

I actually have never had meyer lemons - but those cupcakes look terrific!

Glad they were a hit!

Rosiecat24 said...

What, no meyer lemon curd filling? ;-)

These minis are adorable. I love a good lemon dessert, and since they're minis, you can eat like 3 of them, right?

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Anonymous said...

These sound delightful! Love the meyer lemon glaze drizzled on top!

Reeni said...

These are so moist and scrumptious looking - love the coconut milk! I haven't been able to find Meyer lemons here. So SAD cause I'm seeing recipes everywhere!

Kerstin said...

I loved how the meyer lemons were really the star of these cupcakes - so bright and fresh! :)

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