Monday, October 4, 2010

Lemon Mini Cupcakes: A Day Without Chocolate

The interesting thing about today’s post is not what it is about. It is what it is not about. There is no chocolate in this recipe. Have I lost my mind? Perhaps, but that’s not why today’s post features a lemon-based recipe without any chocolate. It’s because Friday’s post will work in the chocolate. Intrigued? Be sure to come back then. For today, check out the creamy lemon-scented mini cupcakes I whipped up based on inspiration from allrecipes.


1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ tablespoons grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking power

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups sour cream

The cupcake ingredient list is pretty standard, but I loved the little extras: the sour cream to make the cakes softer and lighter, and the lemon peel to incorporate a hint of lemon without acidifying the cupcakes.

I preheated the oven to 350° F, filled my mini-cupcake pan with liners, and got ready to make some delicious lemon-scented batter. I started out by mixing together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, and then set that aside to get to my favorite part: creaming the butter, adding the sugar, then adding the eggs one at a time and finally stirring the vanilla and lemon peel into this fluffy batter starter.

I resisted pulling up a chair and a spoon, and proceeded to alternate mixing the dry ingredients and sour cream, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. I filled the mini cupcake liners thre quarters of the way to the top, put the pan in the oven for 16 minutes, and was greeted with a pleasing lemon scent and some beautiful cupcakes.

Lemon and chocolate go together so well. On Friday, you’ll see how they go together in this case.


  1. This sounds absolutely delicious! Sour cream and lemon, yummm. Looking forward to reading about lemon and chocolate too!

  2. Lemon and chocolate work so well together - especially milk chocolate and lemon oil. The Friday post will show how they're coming together in a really awesome way (at least in my opinion).