27 October 2011

The mini series: lemon poppy seed cupcakes

Have you missed it? I know I have. It’s been way too long since I did my last mini series and now since I started yesterday I can’t seem to stop. You all know I’m not a much of a baker. I like to “wing it” too much and I can’t seem to follow a recipe. On top of that most recipes call for bigger quantities that good for me. So that’s another reason why I love my mini cupcake mold so much. I don’t feel so bad if I pop one or two or more in my mouth.
Yesterday I made chocolate lava mini cakes and they were great!! Wait there’s more…
They were so great we finished one whole batch in a couple of seconds. Unfortunately since I wasn’t planning on blogging about it I didn’t make notes of the measurements. I know it had some butter, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour, some baking powder and of course some bits of dark chocolate. I mixed everything together and baked it for 20 minutes in a preheated oven of 180C degrees.

Voila mini chocolate lava cakes!

I’m going to remake these and write down the measurements, promise!

After yesterdays adventure I thought about making it again today. You can’t have enough chocolate, but I was craving something else. Something tangy with a bit of a twist. I looked in my cabinet and there it was…one jar of poppy seeds. That together with some lemon makes a terrific combo for these cupcakes. So I grabbed a pen and paper and started writing things down.

This recipe only makes 21 mini cupcakes so don’t invite too many people over:
- 100 grams of butter
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons of all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds 
I started with mixing the room temperature butter with the sugar and salt. Then I added the lemon juice, lemon zest and one egg.
When everything was combined and the sugar dissolved I added the flour and the baking powder and gave it a good whisk.
Last but not least I added the poppy seeds. 
Did I mention that I didn’t use a mixer this time but did everything by hand? It was a good work out; 2 cupcakes more for me =)
I preheated the oven on 180C degrees and started to fill the molds.
I baked the cakes for 20 minutes till they were golden brown and put them on a rack to cool.
Of course one or two mysteriously disappeared. But they left a nice sweet, tangy and nutty flavor.
Don’t you just love the poppy seeds just pops in your mouth when you bite them?

I called my sister down and some more cupcakes disappeared. I don’t think they will survive the night. I better get some before they're gone.

17 comments:

  1. Yum. Look at all those yummy cupcakes. I love lemon and poppy seeds. I am going to have to give this a try!

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  2. Wow these look delicious! I am a chocolate fanatic, but I think when it comes to baked goods...I just can't get enough of citrus!

    Nicely done!

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  3. LOL, I love your chocolate recipe..."I know it had some butter". You better get an accurate measurement for that because I want to make your choc lava mini cakes soon. I also saw your whisk in the photo and thought, "no, she didn't", but you did. That's some incredible hand-power you got there, Lilly. Your lemon poppyseed cupcakes rock!

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  4. Although I am a chocolate lover, I started to like lemon poppy seed or more citrus flavor than chocolate since a few years ago. But that chocolate flavor I was talking about didn't have lava... I need to note this lava mini cake is an exceptional case...ohhh this must be heavenly!!

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  5. I'll be patiently waiting for that lava cupcake recipe :) For now though the lemon poppy seed ones look delicious!

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  6. Wonderful!! What a great food temptation! so cute and tasty. thanks for sharing, inspiring work .
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  7. They look so delicious! I can even smell them. :P

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  8. 1st tie here & I'm in love with your cakes! :) I love it here! nic eto meet you. Kavi from India!
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  9. Oh how sweet are these! I like the idea of mini cupcakes but I reckon I'd eat too many of them. I've not made lemon and poppyseed anything, I must give it a try.

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  10. Oh my, those mini lava cakes look divine!!! Great idea, thanks!

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  11. Great job on the cupcakes! I love lemon poppyseed bread, and it's great that these come in a cute mini package!

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  12. Minis!!! I totally missed this series :) Way to bring it back with a bang. Those lemon poppy seed cupcakes look scrumptious!

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  13. I have always said that lemon poppy seed are truly one of my favorite muffins! These look delicious!

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  14. yummy, regards susan of Chacko's Kitchen

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  15. Beautiful poppy cupcakes!
    Can't wait for your recipe of mini chocolate lava cake!

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  16. Those cupcakes were great! Even the next day after I heat them for a couple of seconds they tasted like they just came fresh out of the oven!

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