I have been wanting to make a really good lemon cupcake for a while now. I have been doing lots of searching for recipes and decided on trying the Lemon Cream Cupcakes over at Carrot Top Mom. I did make a couple of changes to her recipe, I used Sour Cream instead of Yogurt and I also made mini cupcakes. They baked perfectly in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
The cupcake is very moist and quite delicious. I love the texture and even the flavor is very good, but I did feel like the lemon flavor was lacking a little. They remind me of the sour cream cookies my grandma used to make at Christmas time. I am thinking that next time I may try adding some Lemon Jello to the mix to kick up the lemon flavor and color the cake itself a bit.
Cream Cheese Icing:
I have totally spaced out on where I dug up this recipe for the cream cheese frosting and I am really sorry for that because I like to give credit where credit is due. Anyway, here is the recipe I used. I left out the meringue powder because I don’t have any here, but I would like to get some and try it because I am curious to see if it really stiffens the icing like the recipe says.
8 oz Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp Butter, Softened
1 Tbsp Sour Cream
2 Tsp Meringue Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
In a medium bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until creamy. Beat in sour cream and meringue powder and add vanilla. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until combined and fluffy.
Like the Swirl on my icing? Find out how to do make colorful swirled icing from the tutorial over at Chico and Jo
For those of you that don’t know, I have 4 kiddos in the house. Look what happens when you leave teenagers alone with un-used icing…lol
Posted by Monica on April 29, 2012
Photo Credit: Smells Like Home
Photo Credit: Pretty Kitten’s Kitchen
I first came across a “chubby hubby” last week while looking around the Smells Like Home blog of Tara, she calls it an I heart my Chunky Hubby Cupcake. I was amazed and surprised and couldn’t wait to try the recipe. I am happy to say that by my further surprise today while perusing pinterest, I found Kristyn of Pretty Kitten’s Kitchen’s Chubby Hubby Bars! I am having a serious chocolate, peanut butter, caramel withdrawal!
I was going to wait until I tried the cupcake recipe to post about it, but now that I have found the bar as well, I couldn’t wait to share the chubby deliciousness.
Review to be posted very soon 😉
Posted by Monica on April 22, 2012
This weekend when I went shopping, I finally picked up a tub of Kraft’s new Philadelphia Indulgence, White Chocolate flavor. I was thinking this would be a good treat for my bagel and boy was I wrong. The flavor of the cream cheese was delicious, but for some reason it didn’t go well with my bagel at all, but it did inspire me to create my very first original icing recipe.
If you haven’t tried this cream yet, it is delicious all by itself. It is so smooth, you could probably eat the whole tub of it right off of the spoon.
2 unsalted butter sticks (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 cups of powdered sugar
1 8oz tub of Philadelphia Indulgence Cream.
I used white chocolate but I am sure the regular chocolate flavor would work as well.
- Cream Butter and Philadelphia Indulgence
- Add vanilla and mix until blended
- Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
I piped this lovely icing atop a devils food cupcake and it seems to be getting rave reviews from the family. I hope you like it. If you decide to give it a try, let me know what you think 😉
Posted by Monica on April 16, 2012
Pinterest strikes again! Don’t these look sinful? Grace at My Sweet Life came up with this recipe for a Mocha cupcake with Chocolate Mousse Icing and they look fabulous. The cupcake recipe sounds divine with ingredients such as cocoa powder, espresso and buttermilk to make it moist and delicious.
Posted by Monica on April 16, 2012
Two of my favorite things, white chocolate and strawberry. I love them both, so I was glad to find Amanda’s Recipe for White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate and Strawberry Icing These look so yummy and delicious that I cannot wait to try them. I should have called this post three of my favorite things. I just love a yummy cupcake 😉
Tutorial on Swirling Icing
Posted by Monica on April 16, 2012
OK, so I haven’t posted a cupcake in a while and I was so excited when I came accross this No Bake Hot Fudge Oreo Cupcake. It looks simple and delicious and my 15 year old is going to love Jonna (wow, this will even be an added bonus since the name “Jonna” has inside meaning in our family) from Get off Your Butt and Bake for sharing this recipe. My Jenna loves Oreo ice cream and I know she is going to love these as well.
I am also very excited about trying this home made hot fudge sauce. In an attempt to make us all healthier, I am trying to cut out all preservatives and especially MSG from our diet and if I am making it myself, I KNOW what’s in it!
Posted by Monica on April 13, 2012
Don’t you? Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to try this sinful looking cake. I am so, so glad I came across this Chocolate Wasted Cake! recipe. The combination of delicious chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream icing, chocolate liquer, and the countless chocolate candies are making my mouth water.
The Art of Dessert also has a yummy recipe for a Chocolate Wasted Cupcake which would be much easier for a party or an office get together.
Posted by Monica on April 11, 2012
When I saw this on Pinterest, I immediately knew I had to share. I love marshmallow creme and I love icing so mixing the two together has got to be pure heaven. This recipe is mostly marshmallow cream and powdered sugar…YUM!
Thanks so much to The Happy Housewife for sharing this delicious recipe.
Posted by Monica on April 10, 2012
For her birthday, my daughter requested a vanilla cupcake with strawberry frosting. I am so glad I came across the recipe for Pink Confetti Cupcakes by Your Cup of Cake. I thought the recipe for the icing on these would be just perfect.
I followed the recipe exactly as written. I used fresh strawberries and put them through the food processor to make the puree. I wasn’t sure what Lizzy meant by 1 tbsp of strawberry gelatin, but I just put in the dry gelatin from the box and that seemed to work great.
I used the full 5 cups of powdered sugar that the recipe called for and my icing was still a little bit thin for piping. Next time I will probably use about 6-8 cups of powdered sugar for a stiffer icing.
This icing was the bomb! I have never in my life tasted a strawberry icing that was so fresh with so much flavor. This will definitely be my go to strawberry icing.
Posted by Monica on April 8, 2012
VANILLA CUPCAKE WITH STRAWBERRY FROSTING
15 years ago today, my beautiful daughter Jenna was born. She was whisked off to intensive care the moment she was born. It was a scary experience and I am forever grateful that she is with us here today.
This cupcake was her special request for her special day.
Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake
Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing
Posted by Monica on April 7, 2012