Lemon Cupcakes - Lemon Lovers Only!
Lemon seems to be such a perfect spring flavour. It's light and tangy, and a beautiful bright yellow colour. Whenever I'm craving lemon, I usually make a lemon meringue pie but I thought today that I would make something even cuter than that - little lemon cup cakes!
It seems like the perfect thing to do on an Easter monday. Especially because it is gorgeous and sunny out!
Yes - little yellow lemon cupcakes will do!
Now, I got this recipe from an adorable little cookbook by Hummingbird Bakery. And, when I say adorable, I really mean it. Every aspect of the book has a certain character to it - totally noticeable in the way they ice all of their cupcakes in the same carefree but completely perfect way.
No piping - just an effortless swoop of an icing knife.
Urgh. Icing envy.
Anyways, so I used Hummingbird's recipe for the cake and the icing - both of which contain the perfect amount of lemon (a.k.a. a ton).
I was just the tiniest bit concerned about the icing which tasted very much like what it was (butter, with a little bit of lemon) but it was the ideal sweet partner to balance out what I put in the middle of those cupcakes...
Martha Stewart's Lemon Curd!
I have looked at her recipe a few times and now I definitely regret not using it before. All of this time I have been using a lemon recipe from All Recipes, which has gotten great reviews whenever I've made it (not to boast or anything!) but this lemon curd was dead on.
And by dead on I mean the bestest, the greatest, the most perfect combination of lemon and butter and awesome sunshine, the someone-take-the-spoon-away-from-me, can't-stop-eating good.
Thank you, Martha Stewart for all you do.
Aside from the taste, the curd also had the texture I like. The one from All Recipes was a bit more gelatine-y then I thought was right. This curd though was almost creamy and delightfully soft.
Don't be surprised if you see this one again. On everything I can possibly put it on.
The gutting of the cupcakes. I had mixed emotions about this act.
Throwing away the inside, the best part, of the cupcake?
What am I doing?!
I seriously had the urge to devour all of these little bits so they wouldn't go to waste.
Put the cupcake bits down.
One day I will find something to do with these little guys. How does one make cake pops?
Okay. It's on the to-do list.
Now, insert lemon curd.
Make delicious butter icing.
Spread delicious butter icing.
Garnish with yellow lego candy (as directed by 10 year old sister) and take artistic photo on Intagram.
Now - it's time to break into that bad boy and get me some lemon curd!