The fresh raspberry and lemon flavor of these cupcakes was absolutely to die for! I made these for the hubby to take to a potluck at work yesterday and I thought they were divine. The lemon cupcake was perfectly light in texture with just a hint of refreshing lemon flavor. The raspberry buttercream was sweet and delicious with the most beautiful natural pale pink color.
The cupcakes baked up to a beautiful pale golden dome--I finally a homemade cake recipe that bakes up beautifully! Oddly though, I noticed near the end of their baking time, the cupcakes sort of shrank up a bit. They shortened in height and pulled away from the cupcake liners. I've never had this happen before and I'm not sure why it did. I've never made a true white cake recipe before, so I wondered if that had something to do with the shrinkage. Despite shrinking up a bit, they still looked lovely and I plan to try making these again as soon as possible because they were absolutely delicious!
The recipe comes from My Baking Addiction who adapted the cupcake from Dorie Greenspan's Perfect Party Cake (and now I'm dying to get my hands on her book Baking: From My Home to Yours). My Baking Addiction also uses the cupcake base and pairs it with a lemon cream cheese frosting in her Lemon Cupcakes, which sounds like a heavenly combination since the hubby and I are both crazy about cream cheese frostings. I'm thinking about making halving the recipe and making some mini Lemon Cupcakes this weekend.
These cupcakes have such a refreshing quality, making them perfect for summer! The cake is so light and tender in texture. I think these would be the perfect dessert for casual summer entertaining.
Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes recipe from My Baking Addiction.