Mini Lemon Cream Cupcake

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

Side Note:

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

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Chocolate Embellishments

I am always looking for clever and most importantly easy ways to make things look like I put a ton of work into them when I really haven’t. Work smarter, not harder, right?

I can just imagine all of the shapes that can be made, and this is so darn easy! I am actually going to try this tomorrow to adorn the top of my daughter’s birthday cupcakes. She has chosen strawberry flavored cupcakes and I think the chocolate is going to top off the look and the flavor just right.

The full directions on how to make these is located here.

Check out the Elegant Icing Tutorials, you will be glad you did 🙂

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Elegant Icing Tutorial

Have you ever wondered how those cupcakes that you see in the bakery display get so beautiful? I have and let me tell you, I have tried oh so many times to duplicate the designs I have seen with not much success.

I love baking and decorating but it can be very frustrating when it seems like you just can’t get the look you want. I am here to try and save you that very frustration. Actually, Decorate This! has an awesome, very easy to follow tutorial for four elegant icing designs to make your cupcakes really shine.

Feel free to comment and let me know how it goes for you. I will be posting my experience soon as well.

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Swirled Icing Tutorial

If I am being completely honest, I really just didn’t get Pinterest at first. I am glad however, that I persisted in trying to figure out it’s purpose. I like to think I am somewhat smart, but after seeing all of the “oh my goodness, why didn’t I think of that” type of ideas you can find on Pinterest, I am not so sure, lol. Why am I talking about Pinterest, you ask?

I have stumbled across so many wonderful things through Pinterest, including this brilliant tutorial on how to swirl icing. I have to admit (with blushed cheeks) that my way of doing this is a complete fail and after seeing it done this way, it makes me want to slap myself on the forehead!

In case you can’t tell from the picture, there are two icing bags in there! Now I ask you, “why didn’t I think of that?”

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