Kitchen aid Stand mixer with whisk and paddle attachment
Measuring cups and spoons
2 standard cupcake tins with liners
Piping bag with Star tip
1cupunsalted butterroom temperature
1 tsplemon zest
1¼cupbutter milkroom temperature
Lemon Swiss meringue buttercream
1½cupunsalted butterroom temperature
1 tbsplemon extract
Preheat oven to 350°. Line two standard cupcake tins with paper liners. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl with the hand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Beat on medium high speed for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Combine the vanilla extract and buttermilk in a measuring cup. WIth the mixer on a low speed, add the dry ingredients alternating with the wet ingredients. Beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the chopped raspberries.
Fill the cupcake liners ⅔ full with batter (I use a large cookie scoop). Bake until a knife comes out clean or the tops are golden brown. Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Lemon Swiss buttercream frosting
Place your egg whites and sugar into a small pot and whisk until combined. Cube butter and set aside.
Place small pot over large pot (making your own double boiler, do not have small pot touch water) and whisk constantly until the mixture is hot and no longer grainy to touch. Approximately 3 minutes or 160°F on candy thermometer.
Pour mixture into bowl of a stand mixer and with the whisk attachment beat on medium high until the meringue is stiff and cooled (approximately about 5-10 minutes).
Switch to the paddle attachment and slowly add in your cubed butter until smooth.
Add in your lemon extract, lemon zest and a pinch of salt.
Assembling the cupcake
Once cupcakes are completely cooled, pipe your frosting on. Add a raspberry on top along with more lemon zest to give it an extra kick! Serve and Enjoy!