Cavalcade of Cupcakes: First Stop, Triple Lemon Heaven

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on June 10, 2010

in Baking, friends

Welcome, one and all, to the 2010 Cavalcade of Cupcakes! We’ll be making a few stops on this journey, pausing only to stare in awe of the luxury and fabulosity of the beautiful cupcakes to come.

When my friend Wendy mentioned to me that her daughter had requested cupcakes for her graduation party, we immediately got to talking. She knew that she needed one chocolate, one vanilla, and one lemon recipe. She also knew that making nearly 160 cupcakes for a graduation party with one hand mixer was going to be a lot of work! I volunteered to come help her, and, being the nerd that I am, volunteered to bring my KitchenAid Stand Mixer and a couple recipes to help her out.

We set a date, and that date was today. We made an amazing number of cupcakes today. Light and fluffy egg-white based vanilla ones, gorgeous buttery chocolate ones, and lemon ones.

You may notice my lack of adjectives when I said “lemon ones.” That’s because there are not enough adjectives to describe them. They’re not just lemon cupcakes, they’re triple lemon cupcakes with not one but two toppings. I know, I know, you just want to see them already.

triple lemon cupcakes

That’s a lemon cupcake, topped with lemon Italian meringue buttercream, topped with lemon curd. Notice how the lemon curd is lazily flowing down the side of the cupcake. Notice the smoothness of the frosting. Can you just smell the lemoniness of this bite of heaven? I can’t even express how citrusy the kitchen smelled as we baked these… all 65 of them. We zested 12 lemons, then juiced them… We baked the cupcakes, cooked the lemon curd, whipped the icing, and all I can think about now is eating one. Or seven. Luckily they’re all still at Wendy’s house!

I found the lemon cupcake recipe on Chef Mommy’s blog (who won the Cute Food Saturday contest!) who got them from Taste of Home. We doubled the recipe, and needless to say, they’re not healthy by any means.

Lemon Cupcakes

Ingredients

* 1 cup butter, softened

* 2 cups sugar

* 3 eggs

* 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition (batter will be thick).
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. *Poke the top of the cupcake 3-4 times with a tooth pick. Then brush the top with fresh lemon juice*Frost cupcakes. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Source: Taste of Home

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The frosting you’ve seen before a couple of times, but we made a few adjustments, namely adding in 2 Tbsp. lemon rind and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice when adding the butter and shortening. The result was decadent and tart without being too sweet.

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Since the vanilla cupcakes and the Italian meringue buttercream both used 6 egg whites per batch, we were left with a ton of egg yolks. What does one make with lemon and egg yolks? Lemon curd! I think that lemon curd is on my top 10 list of foods, and homemade lemon curd just takes the cake (no pun intended). I found this recipe on allrecipes.com while Wendy was hard at work juicing the lemons. I adapted it to suit our needs.

Easy Lemon Curd

Ingredients

* 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

* 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

* 3/4 cup sugar

* 4 egg yolks

* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed

DIrections

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs, and butter. Cook over medium-low to low heat until thickened, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and chill.

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Let’s drool over these again, shall we?

triple lemon cupcakes

And, while having fun with my new 50mm f1.8 camera lens, I took this adorable picture of Raven. Please ignore the dingy carpet and “awww” the cute Rottweiler.

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Please join us tomorrow for The Cavalcade of Cupcakes, Second Stop tomorrow. Feel free to stay here and drool over the Triple Lemon Heaven for a while longer… they’re not going anywhere!

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VeggieGirl June 10, 2010 at 8:49 PM

The sight of that lemon cupcake… holy aphrodisiac :-D
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Wei-Wei June 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Holy YUM. Holy cow – I am drooling soooooo much right now… that lemon curd looks AMAZING. Gosh.

Wei-Wei

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caronae June 10, 2010 at 9:24 PM

I like me some cupcakes. Yours looks gorgeous and very sensory. Sadly, I have always failed at my lemon curd making endeavors…
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Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 10, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Seriously, try this recipe and keep your heat low… it’ll work!

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Melissa(MelissaLikesToEat) June 10, 2010 at 9:53 PM

OMG. I’m drooling over here. I must make these!

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Ashley June 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Looove…the photos rock + so does this recipe! I’m drooling…mmmmm
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Kristina June 10, 2010 at 11:00 PM

those look beautiful, and oh so yum… I’ve been craving cupcakes for A WHILE now, I cannot wait for the next installment of Cupcake Cavalcade. :)

photos are gorgeous!
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Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 11, 2010 at 12:58 AM

Awwwww, Raven sure is a cutie! I hate when my carpets aren’t up to par and our cats are in the cutest picture position ever, lol. Not that yours look bad! You just reminded me of myself being self-conscious about our carpets when I hesitate to take a picture because of that, lol.

Those cupcake(s) look fantastic. I’ve been craving lemon lately (in the form of lemonade), it’s so refreshing during these warms months. I’ll have to try this recipe, YUM!

Jenn
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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy June 11, 2010 at 12:58 AM

These look fantastic! I am totally drooling! I just found your blog through Biz’s challenge. I look forward to reading more, thanks!
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Marianne June 11, 2010 at 1:31 AM

I know this post should make me want to eat cupcakes, but it mostly just makes me want to play with my DSLR again. Or get a new one.
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MizFit June 11, 2010 at 5:26 AM

wow
and I dont even liketh the lemon.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 11, 2010 at 5:33 AM

Your cupcakes are PERFECT. Those look delicious!
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Lauren June 11, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Mmm, just looks like a summery dessert! Anything lemon always reminds me of summer for some reason. :)
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Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 11, 2010 at 11:37 AM

You’re making me want cupcakes for breakfast!
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She-Fit June 11, 2010 at 5:34 PM

OMG! These look amazing. I’m copying down this recipe. Thanks :)
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Katherine June 11, 2010 at 6:26 PM

there is no way those cupcakes same out of you kitchen… they look AMAZING! the decoration is impeccable!
Katherine
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Mary (A Merry Life) June 11, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Oh wow. Those look so good.

And awwwwwwww to the cute dog. :)
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