Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Um, Yum: Mini Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

One thing (out of many) that I love about fall is my desire to bake! Cooking is the mister's area of expertise; but give me a whisk and I shine! So even though fall hasn't quite come around, I jumped at the opportunity to make the dessert for a Sunday event. I wanted to keep it light, so I took a chance on some mini cupcakes. C'mon, who doesn't love mini food! (I'ts got a sneaky way of making you feel skinny!) After spending the time on the perfect cupcake, I knew no canned frosting would do. The recipe I used is the end result of browsing various websites and choosing bits and pieces of the ones I liked most: 

Mini Lemon Cupcakes:
(This gave me about 60 baby cakes)
  • 1 box lemon cake mix, any brand
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (not just for all things beautyor 3/4 cup vegetable oil (not both!)
  • lemon juice to taste
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add wet ingredients.  Slowly mix with electric mixer, adding lemon juice to taste as desired. This mixture will be thick! Bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes*, checking often. The pudding mix and oil combination will leave an amazing texture. 
*This was the time I used for mini cupcakes. Regular sized should be baked according to directions on box.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 8oz cold cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 cups powdered sugar
Add top three ingredients in a bowl. Slowly, add 2 cups powdered sugar. Beat together for about 90 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. If your mixture is too thin, add more sugar. I found 3 cups was perfect for me, however if you plan on piping with the frosting you may want to add more. 

I decided it was a smart idea to practice piping on parchment paper before the actual cupcake! These turned out wonderful and I received so many compliments on them. If you give this a shot  I would love to know how they turned out for you!

Do you have a go-to dessert recipe? 


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