Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

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Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Icing
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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 14 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  2. To make strawberry puree, pulse frozen strawberries in blender or food processor until evenly chopped. Add 2 tablespoons water, honey, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, and sugar. Blend until smooth.
  3. Beat cake mix, 1 cup water, eggs, and vegetable oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened; increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Beat lemon zest into batter. Fill prepared cupcake cups 2/3 full. Drop a spoonful of strawberry puree into the center of each portion of cupcake batter.
  4. Bake cupcakes in preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 18 to 22 minutes. A toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean. Let cupcakes cool for at least 30 minutes.
  5. To make icing, place cream cheese and butter in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in confectioners' sugar; blend in vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Refrigerate icing until cupcakes are cool enough to frost. Frost cooled cupcakes with icing.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 249.3 Kcal (1044 kJ)
Calories from fat 127.16 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.13g 22%
Cholesterol 46.02mg 15%
Sodium 242.37mg 10%
Potassium 49.59mg 1%
Total Carbs 30.73g 10%
Sugars 18.09g 72%
Dietary Fiber 0.36g 1%
Protein 2.28g 5%
Vitamin C 7.4mg 12%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 69.4mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 313.09 Kcal (1311 kJ)
Calories from fat 159.7 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.74g 22%
Cholesterol 57.79mg 15%
Sodium 304.4mg 10%
Potassium 62.29mg 1%
Total Carbs 38.59g 10%
Sugars 22.72g 72%
Dietary Fiber 0.46g 1%
Protein 2.87g 5%
Vitamin C 9.2mg 12%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 1%
Iron 1.1mg 5%
Calcium 87.1mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.1
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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