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Kumquat Ricotta Cupcakes

Soft and incredibly flavorful Kumquat Ricotta Cupcakes are topped with Kumquat Glaze.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Baking, cupcakes
Servings: 12
Author: Lora


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 ricotta ricotta
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 small orange zested and juiced
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • a few drops of almond essence
  • Kumquat Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • sugar syrup from the kumquats
  • 1 lemon juiced


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.  Slice the kumquats into 1/4 inch thin slices and add to pan on medium-low heat with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes. While the kumquats are simmering in the sugar syrup, prepare the cupcake batter.
  • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and dash of salt.
  • In another small bowl, combine the ricotta, orange zest, and lemon zest.
  • Mix the ricotta and the zests together and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar, adding the eggs in one at a time until combined.
  • Beat in the melted butter.
  • On medium-low speed, beat in the ricotta, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla extract.
  • On medium-low speed, beat in the sifted flour in small portions until the dough is nicely combined stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Make sure all the flour is combined and the dough is smooth.
  • Pour the dough into 12 muffin tins lined with paper cases (they should be filled at 3/4 of their height), and bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes in the oven until golden. Allow to cool on a rack
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  • Kumquat-Lemon Glaze
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the sugar syrup from when you simmered the kumquats.
  • Add the confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice and mix will. If the glaze is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar until you get a dense consistency.
  • Spoon the glaze over the cupcakes. Add a kumquat or a few to the top and enjoy the sweetness!