I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Small Batch Lemon Surprise Cupcakes

Zingy!
The only word to describe these lemony cupcakes!

For 6 medium cupcakes:

4 tbsps butter or marg, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup + 2 tbsps milk
1/4 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp lemon zest 
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder 

lemon curd (recipe link to follow)

In a mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar together until creamy.
Add egg, milk, lemon extract and zest.

Mix flour and baking powder together and add to the wet ingredients. Mix until smooth.

Dollop into prepared muffin tin and bake at 350 F for 20-22 minutes.


You can use store bought lemon curd or, while the cupcakes bake, you could prepare this easy microwave curd.

http://hotandcoldrunningmom.blogspot.ca/2016/05/microwave-lemon-curd.html

Once baked, cool completely on rack.
Using a melon baller scoop out the middle of the cupcake...

 fill with lemon curd and frost.



Lemon Frosting:

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1  1/2 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
yellow colouring (optional)

Sugar sprinkle

Cream butter, zest, extract and juice together.  Gradually beat in the icing sugar then, if using, add a little bit of colour. 

You can also make a yellow sugar sprinkle by simply mixing about 1 tsp sugar with a drop of yellow colouring. Mix well and sprinkle on top of the frosting.

Bite in and prepare to be zinged!



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