Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lemon Cupcakes

Springtime is perfect for bright flavors and bright colors. Awhile back for my mom's Bunco group I made lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting, topped with candied lemon peel and lemon curd. The candied lemon peel sounds intimidating but it is really very easy! Recipe adapted from "Cupcake Kit" By Elinor Klivans.

:: Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting ::
Makes 12 cupcakes


1 box lemon flavored cake, prepare as directed.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons lemon curd (optional)

{GLAZED LEMON PEEL - optional}
1 large lemon, washed
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar


In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, beat the butter, cream cheese, grate lemon peel, and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly blended, about 1 minute. Scrape sides as needed. Add powdered sugar, mixing until smooth, about 1 minute, then beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Use a small spatula to spread about 3 tablespoons of frosting over the top of each cupcake. Top with approximately 1 teaspoon lemon curd, if desired.

Using a vegetable peeler and a slight sawing motion, remove the lemon rid from the lemon in large strips. Trim off any white pith that remains on the rind and cut the rind into matchstick-size strips. Put the strips in a small saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Strain, then rinse the lemon strips with cold water. Heat the water, sugar, and vinegar in the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon strips. Simmer for 10 minutes.



  1. these look amazing...i'm always up for a recipe involving lemons. gorgeous photographs as well!

  2. Yum-O! I love the lemon peel on top too :-)
    Thanks for stopping over for my virtual coffee blog - my dear little girl is now on a different antibiotic to hopefully clear up her ears!
    I love your blog and your photos are amazing - inspirational - and full of life!
    I hope you are having a super week :-)
    Take care,

  3. hey there! this is my first time visiting your blog. i came over from your flickr via the color your world project. your blog is adorable. you have some fantastic photos!

  4. i made lemon poppyseed "muffins" a few weeks ago and they were amazing. now i'm craving them again! =)


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