Giada De Laurentiis from Food Network demonstrates how to bake lemon ricotta cupcakes in a fast and simple way. Ricotta cheese allows the cupcakes stay "moist" while baking and lemon zest and almonds add a nice touch of flavor. To bake the cupcakes, start with the dry ingredients: make sure that baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour are well mixed so that the cupcakes are puffy. Cream butter and sugar together, mix ricotta cheese, an egg, and lemon juice, and add the ricotta mix to the butter. Blend the dry ingredients in, but don't overmix it. Distribute the dough among twelve cupcake niches, add almonds, sprinkle some sugar, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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