I made these triple lemon cupcakes for my sister-in-law's baby shower last weekend. I have to say they were a hit (and most importantly, Mr. Hungry told me it was the best cupcake he had ever had!) I do believe this will also become a go to recipe for me for the following reasons... 1) it was relatively quick with all my shortcuts 2) it was pretty unique because of the inside suprise of a dollop of lemon curd 3) and way way cheaper than the going rate of $3.50 a cupcake at the oh so popular cupcake bakeries.
Below, you can see how I added a little baby touch with the plastic bottles we bought at Michael's. If you are making these for a special occasion, I also love a good homemade flag, which I did on the strawberry cupcakes.
Lemon Curd has a thick consistency and is used as a dessert topping or as a spread on scones in places in the world where they have afternoon tea. It is made with lemons, butter, sugar and eggs and a small dollop is the perfect surprise in the middle of these cupcakes. It can be found in most grocery stores near jelly. I would splurge a little and don't get the cheapest kind. My bottle was about $7.00. If you want the cupcakes to look like lemon, you can add a little yellow food coloring. Don't go overboard or you will have neon yellow cupcakes.
1 lemon boxed cake mix + additional ingredients on the back of the cake box
1 jar lemon curd
for the icing
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
¼ cup lemon curd
Step by Step
Bake cupcakes according to directions on the back of the box,
For the frosting:
Cream the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, then add the mild and blend until smooth. Add the Lemon Curd and mix until well blended.
1. Using a sharp knife, cut an upside down cone in the middle of each cupcake.
2. Fill each center with a teaspoon size dollop of Lemon Curd.
3. Top each cupcake with Lemon Buttercream.
You can use a resealable bag to pipe on the frosting if you don’t have piping bags. Just fill the bag, then cut off one corner and squeeze. Or, just spread icing on with a butter knife.
My little baby touch to make these Baby Shower appropriate!