Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bake-N-Blog: Lemon Cupcakes with Jam Filling

As mentioned previously, I'm participating in Staci Edwards' Bake-N-Blog project.  I chose cupcake #7 from Ming Makes Cupcakes, Lemon Cupcakes with Jam Filling, as shown above.  It's no surprise that I went with a lemon cupcake.  Just look what I found in my pantry...

Ahem.  Now pretend you didn't see that. 

On to better things....

First things first - who knew it would be hard to find cake flour?? Maybe people in Las Vegas don't bake much?  Anyway, after three stores I was ready to go.

The gang's all here.

Mix.  Cream.  Beat.

I was doubtful when I saw that the recipe calls for 4 eggs.  Forgive me.  They made the lightest, loveliest batter with the flour and buttermilk.  I might've even tasted it.  Don't judge.

In went the lemon juice and zest, and voila!  The batter was complete.  Easy!  Nearly as easy as that Betty Crocker cake mix, but now I know exactly what's in my cupcakes!  Next I filled the cupcake papers (was I supposed to use papers?  It's probably not as gorgeous as it could be, but I didn't know), popped them in the oven and cleaned my microwave and garbage disposal with leftover lemon parts while I waited.  Feeling newly virtuous, Sally Homemaker pulled the cupcakes out of the oven to cool.  Somehow I ended up with 22 cupcakes.  I guess I was a bit chintzy when filling the cups.

After cooling, I carved out cones from the tops, bit cut off the tips of the cones to make lids for the holes, filled the holes with raspberry jam, and topped them with the little lids.  Again, easy.

Next up, I topped the cupcakes with whipped cream and garnished with strawberries.

I found my taste tester in his office, delivered the goods, and awaited his reaction with bated breath...

The verdict?  "Perfect for summer, light and lemony."  So BB loved it, and he's generally a chocolate cake guy. 

I liked it, too, as you can see.  These would be perfect for a crowd, since I doubt you'd want to do the whipped cream and berries on a whole batch if you were not serving them right away.  Would it be overkill to top these with little pieces of candied lemon peel?  Blueberries would be great, too.


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  1. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Bake-N-Blog!
    I'm glad you managed to find the perfect summer cupcake, I may have to try them next!
    It was lovely "meeting" you, and thanks for joining in the fun!

  2. Oh my goodness! These look yummy! They turned out so well!

  3. I would have bit the tips off the cones too!! :-)

    Your cupcake looks even better than the original Ming one, and I bet it tastes great -- you can't go wrong with lemon & raspberry & strawberries & whipped cream :-)

    Kelly (cupcake #32)

  4. Wow....they look fantastic....great job!!!!

    Christine aka @GlamaMama on twitter
    Cupcake #24

  5. Yummmmmm. Each blog I go to I think to myself, "That one sounds like the best recipe. I'll have to try it next." My stop here was no different.
    Those look delicious, congratulations on your OBVIOUS success.

  6. These look fantastic! The whipped cream topping?!

    XO*Tricia (#14)

  7. LOL love it! love that you used out of the box, and your way of stuffing the jam in the middle! They look great :)

  8. Lemony strawberry shortcake!! OMG. Goodbye Summer. We are sad to see you go.

  9. These look so delicious. I can't believe that they were so easy to make. Thanks for sharing all of the photos.

    Sara - Cupcake #32

  10. glad it was a success for you. they look great!

  11. These look wonderful! I just love lemon cake! I too used to use a box mix, thinking that it was easier and that I'm not really much of a baker. But once you start to bake from scratch you do realize that it's really not that much more difficult than the box, and I too just so appreciate knowing what's in my food :-) Cupcake #5

  12. Thanks everyone! This was a fun project!

  13. They look perfect--yum! This was a fun thing to do, cause I'm finding lots of new to me blogs!

  14. Wow that cake looks so light and airy and delicious!!! You know, I never even thought about the cupcake liners either I just did it since that's what I'm used to :)

    Julie (cupcake #27)

  15. Yum!!! i love lemon cake so i'm going to have to try this one out :)

    cupcake #11

  16. This cupcake looks so yummy! This is definitely a recipe I want to try. I make a mean raspberry peach jam at the end of every summer, I think it would be delicious INSIDE of a cupcake! :)

  17. They look so good. I love the strawberries on top. Man I want a cupcake now so badly!

    Lindy (aka - craftedbylindy) Cupcake #4

  18. yours came out beautiful! looks delicious!