Lemon Cupcakes

One of hubby’s coworkers, George, has been asking for Lemon cupcakes ever since I made these lemon cookies. Hubby and I both weren’t huge fans of the cookies, but George LOVED them.

After the January DB challenge, I had about a cup or so of leftover lemon curd. I could have eaten it all with a spoon, but I figured I could mix them into a cupcake instead.

I used the vanilla cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and added about 3/4 cup of lemon curd to the batter at the end. Then I put a teaspon of lemon curd directly on top of the cooled cupcakes. Last, I topped them with cool-whip frosting with the rest of the lemon curd mixed into it. I also threw some lemon zest into the frosting for texture.

These cupcakes were great. The lemon flavor was subtle and the cool-whip frosting balanced the flavors well. The recipe made 14 cupcakes, 12 of which went to work with hubby. He reported back that George ate 4 and said that he loves me 🙂

Lemon Cupcakes – adapted from Vanilla cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take over The World – makes 14
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extrat, caramel extract, or more vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Whisk the soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside a few minutes to get good and curdled.

Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and mix.

In a separate large bowl, use a handheld mixer at medium speed to cream the margarine and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy, but don’t beat past 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and other extract, if using, then alternate beating in the soy milk mixture and dry ingredients, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.

I then folded in 3/4 cup of lemon curd.

Fill cupcake liners two-thirds of the way and bake for 20-22 minutes until done. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.

Cool-Whip frosting – not sure of the original recipe, but here’s what I did:
1 tub Cool Whip
1 pkg vanilla pudding
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup lemon curd
2 tsp lemon zest

Combine pudding mix and milk and stir until mostly dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.

To Assemble cupcakes:
After cupcakes have cooled, scoop 1 tsp of lemon curd onto the top of each cupcake. Spread lemon curd with a knife to cover top of cupcake.

Pipe frosting on top of lemon curd.

Sprinkle with yellow sugar.

    Pin It

7 Responses to “Chocolate Covered Strawberries”

  1. #
    Sophie — January 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Your strawberries are beautiful! I like to add a little salt to my chocolate…it really brings out the flavor! There are perfect for V-day 🙂 I made your crustless quiche last night…to die for!! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. #
    oneordinaryday — January 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Very pretty. I kind of like them on a stick! It would be a fun way to serve them.

  3. #
    Jeanette — January 28, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Just lovely. I want them on a stick too! Anything on a stick is better!

  4. #
    themilkmanswife — January 28, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Beautiful! Chocolate covered strawberries are a favorite of mine. What a great idea putting them upright in foam so they don’t grow feet! I’m going to try that the next time I make them. 🙂

  5. #
    cookbookshelf — January 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    What a great idea! Makes them absolutely perfect!

  6. #
    Maryanna — January 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    These strawberries are beautiful! What a great idea to put a stick in them for display.

  7. #
    nutmegnanny — January 31, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I love chocolate covered strawberries. The little white chocolate swirl makes them really fun 🙂

Leave a Comment