Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

All I can say is moist lemon cake + gooey, sweet lemon curd + sticky, creamy meringue frosting equals one good combination. I was hired to bake these for a bridal shower so hopefully everything went well (crosses fingers)! These lemon-y cupcakes are perfect for Summer, all toasty just like I will be soon in the summer heat!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Yields: 12 cupcakes
Lemon curd recipe from here.

For the cake:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tbsn. lemon juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup lemon curd

For the meringue frosting:
2 large egg white
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the lemon curd:
zest of 2 lemons, removed with a vegetable peeler
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 + 1/8 cup sugar
1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter on high until creamy and fluffy. Add the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Add the egg, beat well. Alternately add the flour mixture and lemon juice. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely. 

For the meringue, put the sugar, cream of tartar, and egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer. Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water (the bowl should not be touching the water) and allow the sugar to melt into the eggs. Once warmed, add the vanilla and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form, about 3 - 5 minutes, set aside.

For the curd, put the zest and sugar in a food processor and pulse until combined and the zest is broken down. Put the lemon, sugar and butter into a mixer and cream. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined. Add the lemon juice and salt and mix to combine. Pour mixture into a saucepan and heat on low until the mixture reaches 175 degrees or just below a simmer. Remove from heat and allow the curd to cool down. Once cool, cut out the tops of the cupcakes in a circular fashion, fill the holes, and re-place the tops on. Pipe on the meringue and toast in the oven or with a blowtorch. Enjoy!


  1. You know... I have a wedding coming up and I was thinking about having a cupcake cake ;-) Your creations are LOVELY!

  2. Wow. These look just beautiful. You did a perfect job on the piping and browning.

  3. Girl, you're killing me with all these cute cupcakes!

  4. A cupcake after my own heart! I love lemon meringue!

  5. Those look wonderful and sounds so yummy! Fabulous job! Everything you've been making has really looked fantastic! You go girl!

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  7. Hi, im Sean all the way from India. just tried this recipe n OMG Fantastic. the images for my successful attempt can be viewed on my chocolate page.