Lemon Rosemary Cupcakes

I love food and cooking. I have a particular affection for foods that come from my garden and are healthy. There are a handful of careers that I dream about pursuing and Nutritionist is at the top of the list. The idea of adding pureed vegetables to a pizza crust seems intuitive and delicious, not sneaky.

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But, since we all have to indulge every once and awhile, it’s nice to find recipes that use ingredients that are in the backyard. Below is a cupcake recipe from Better Homes & Gardens that I recently made. Rosemary is a prolific herb in my garden and here in NC. The nice thing about these cupcakes (apart from tasting great) is that they are moist without using oil.

Lemon Rosemary Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 recipe Lemon Glaze

1. Let butter and eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line fifteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. In medium bowl combine cake flour, rosemary, baking powder and salt; set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, lemon extract, and vanilla. Beat on medium-high for 2 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping bowl.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture; beat on low after each just until combined. Stir in the lemon peel and lemon juice.

4. Spoon batter in prepared cups to three-fourths full. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. (Bake 36 mini cakes 15 to 18 minutes; 6 jumbo cakes 25 to 30 minutes.) Cool in muffin cups on rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

5. Spoon Lemon Glaze on cupcakes. Let stand 10 minutes. Makes 15 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

6. Lemon Glaze: In small bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar and enough lemon juice (5 to 5-1/2 teaspoons) for spreading consistency. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel.

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