Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Meyer Lemon Cupcake Recipe

meyer lemon cupcakes, alice in wonderland party, family fun

We made these Meyer lemon cupcakes last week for our family fun night.  They were quite good and enjoyed by everyone. 

Meyer lemon recipes

I had never tasted a Meyer lemon before, but had heard that they taste much sweeter than regular lemons. So, I just had to get some when I saw them at the grocery this past week. We decided that the lemons tasted like a cross between a lemon and an orange.

cooking with kids

Juiciness and Sassyfras were happy to join me in the kitchen!  They are doing such a good job scooping and pouring. 

I modified a recipe from here.  For the most part the changes were: I decreased the sugar slightly, used Meyer lemon juice rather than regular lemon juice and more than the recipe called for so I decreased the milk, and used all purpose flour rather than self rising so I added some baking powder.  It made 2 dozen cupcakes. 

3 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon zest
3/4 cup whole milk, divided
½ cup fresh Meyer lemon juice

2 cups chilled heavy cream
3/4-1 cup confectioners' sugar
¼ cup fresh Meyer lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in another bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating each egg until incorporated before adding the next. Mix in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.

Gently beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture, one third at a time, alternating with half the milk and half the lemon juice after each of the first 2 additions of flour. Beat until just combined.

Fill the prepared cupcake liners with batter 3/4 full, and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before removing them to finish cooling on a rack.

To make the icing, beat the cream in a chilled bowl with an electric mixer set on low until the cream begins to thicken. Add the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice, a little at a time, beating after each addition, until fully incorporated. Increase the mixer speed to high, and beat until the icing forms soft peaks, about 5 minutes. Spread on the cooled cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers.


Christy said...

I would love one right now!

Elle Belles Bows said...

They look so good. I have never tried one either. E loves lemons. So, I may give it a go with her.

Love that J&S enjoy being in the kitchen together. The printables look great in contrast to the cupcakes. Great job!


Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Those cupcakes look yummy. I haven't ever tasted the meyer lemons either. Your cupcakes do look delicious. Maybe one day they'll have some meyer lemons at my grocery.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Lemon desserts are my favorite!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

i am on a lemon kick right now, these look delicious!! i saw you link up at not just a housewife

Raising a Happy Child said...

This sounds seriously yummy and looks really pretty too.

AJ said...

Wowwww they look so yummy!


Little Brick Ranch said...

Lemon is so refreshing and springlike! I don't think I have ever searched out a Meyer Lemon...good idea for my next trip to the grocery store! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Fireflies and Jellybeans!