Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting

There are few things that bring joy quite like a lemon flavored dessert. The sweet and tart combination just puts a smile on my face! I love spending time baking in my kitchen, and I find that times when I’m feeling particularly stressed or hectic, baking up something delicious and pretty to look at just makes me feel like things are gonna be OK. So when I was a couple weeks into quarantine homeschooling and my husband was traveling back from training in Norway, only to be quarantined away from us for a few more weeks, I was in need of something to brighten my day. So I looked around my kitchen and found that I had quite a few lemons just begging to be turned into something beautiful. And what is more beautiful than a cupcake?? Not much, and this is a hill I’m willing to die on!

I mean, just LOOK at this delicious drop of sunshine

Gather your mise en place. Be sure you have melted your coconut oil and butter and allowed them to cool slightly. Scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

While your oven is preheating to 375°, mix your dry ingredients in a bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream your butter, sugar, oil, and vanilla.

Add your eggs one at a time, fully incorporating them.

Add your milk and lemon juice. Mix to combine.

In batches, mix in your dry ingredients. Remove from your stand mixer and use a spatula to make sure the batter is fully combined.

Next, add your lemon zest and poppy seeds, using your spatula to mix thoroughly. They will already smell amazing!

Fill your prepared muffin tins 3/4 full with your batter. This amount of batter makes about a dozen cupcakes. Place the trays in a 350° oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

While the cupcakes cool, start on your Lemon Whipped Cream.

In your stand mixer, or a regular whisk if you’re way more badass than myself, whisk the heavy cream until it starts to thicken. Add your powdered sugar and lemon juice and whisk some more.

Pipe or spoon the whipped cream onto your cupcakes and enjoy! We garnished ours with extra lemon wedges and some zest on top for that little bit of boujie. Make a batch or 2 or 5 and share them with your fellow quarantine prisoners. Or keep them and devour them yourself. You’ve earned it after 39487 days of covid-19 quarantine!

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