Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lemon Cupcakes!


Any dessert incorporating lemon is always a winner in my book.  There is something about the flavor that is perfect for summer and never feels too heavy.   

And girls – these lemon cupcakes… you need them in your life.  Seriously, I took them to work for a coworker’s birthday, and everyone agreed – way yummy, not too sweet, and just a little tart.




What you need:

For the cupcakes
- Lemon box cake mix; or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can follow this recipe to make cupcakes from scratch
- Zest from one lemon

For the lemon curd
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
- Zest from one lemon
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white

For the frosting
- Premade frosting; or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can follow this recipe to make frosting from scratch
- 1 teaspoon of lemon extract



How to:

1.  Begin by combining the zest of one lemon into the cupcake batter, and bake as indicated on either the box or original recipe.

2.  Once the cupcakes are baked and fully cooled, using a melon baller or a knife, create a hole in the middle of the cupcake, about 1 inch deep.

3.  To make the lemon curd, combine sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

4.  Whisk the egg and egg white in a separate bowl, and add in the lemon mixture.  Return to heat, and whisk until thick (about 5 minutes).

5.  After the curd thickens, remove from heat and refrigerate until cool.

6.  Put a small dollop of lemon curd in each cupcake.
7.  Stir together the frosting and lemon extract, and then frost the cupcakes.


Linking up for Tuesday's Table.

32 comments :

  1. drooling. stop it. trying to be good.

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  2. My husband wouldn't eat those but that just means more for me :)

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  3. I love lemon, I'm going to have to try these!

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  4. These are on my must make list!! YUM!

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  5. WOW - these look sooooo pretty and tasty! I'm making a raspberry lemonade cocktail later this week for a dinner party...I may need to make these cupcakes as a complementary dessert!

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  6. YUM! I will definitely be trying these ASAP!

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  7. Lisa! These are gorgeous and perfect for Summer! Mmmmm!

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  8. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Ship some to me NOW!!!!!!!!

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  9. With lemon curd filling, noooooooooooooo! But yesssssssss!

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  10. These look delicious, and simple which makes it even better :)

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  11. My mouth is watering - these look great. Great job frosting too!

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  12. I'm giving these a try! So yummy!
    xo

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  13. oh my goodness I wouldn't even touch these! They are so dang pretty its not even funny!

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  14. These look soooo good! Not to mention are decorated so perfectly! Anytime I make cupcakes, they never look pretty!

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  15. Oh. My. Gosh. I want you to live closer so we can have dessert parties. I'll supply the wine, you supply your awesome desserts. xo

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  16. WOW. These would be awesome without the curd filling, but that makes them even more amazing, I'm sure. YUM! I can't wait to make these!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Delicious Dish Tuesday! I love all of these great recipes you'r sharing!! Can't wait to see what you bring to us next week!

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  17. These look SO good and fresh and summery! Love it!

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  18. These are so pretty! That lemon curd sounds absolutely delicious!

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  19. Oh my hubby would LOVE these. I'm typically not a lemon fan but I usually give whatever treat it is a try :)

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  20. These look so delicious. I have been craving cupcakes all day, and I'm pretty sure these are going to be next on my list to make! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I think I'm going to give these a try this weekend-- orrr maybe tomorrow! haha They sound SO good! Did you use a lemon frosting too or just regular vanilla?

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  22. Girl...you had me at lemon. I'm a sucker for ANYTHING lemon and these look amazing!

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  23. Not overly sweet is a big plus for me! I'd love to try out this recipe sometime.

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  24. These are absolutely fantastic! Thank you for sharing them with Delicious Dish Tuesday. I have featured them (and all the other great cupcake recipes ~ there was something in the air) this week at Coping with Frugality.

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