In trying to take advantage of Memorial Day and spending time with family, I decided I would make some delicious poppy seed cupcakes.My kids have always loved these tiny seeds in cookies and pastries.
Since I didn't have buttermilk, I decided to use natural yogurt and the result was delicious. The yogurt gives it an acidic touch and gives the cupcake dough a soft and spongy texture.
To compliment the cupcakes I wanted to make a frosting out of cream cheese and sugar with a little bit of hibiscus flower syrup that I had in the fridge. The hibiscus, apart from having a lovely color, is filled with sweet flavor. You can make this ahead of time and keep it refrigerated. It’s a great addition to pastry recipes.
The cupcakes and the frosting can be made ahead of time, but only add the frosting right before eating it to enjoy the delicious texture of the cupcakes and the delicate taste of the frosting. If you want, add a tablespoon of hibiscus syrup on top of the frosting. The cupcakes will be delicious.