"Less yeasty and more cake-like than king cake, these quick cakes get you the vanilla-nutmeg-lemon-buttermilk flavor and fun colors of a traditional king cake – without waiting around for a yeasted dough to rise."
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cup liners.
- Stir together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Cream butter, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add half of the flour mixture, all the buttermilk, and remaining flour mixture, beating after each addition until just combined.
- Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full, and smooth tops with the back of a spoon.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make frosting. Blend cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach a spreading consistency.
- Frost cooled cupcakes and decorate with luster dust and sanding sugars.
- Cook’s Note:
- Substitute vanilla extract for the paste, if preferred.
Per Serving: 317 calories;11.2 g fat;52.5 g carbohydrates;2.9 g protein;31 mg cholesterol;201 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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