Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon cupcake with candle in front of Magnolia Bakery cookbook

As you know, this past weekend was filled with celebrations.  And I was in charge of dessert…quelle surprise!  I had been craving a lemon dessert for what seemed like months now and, since candles were involved, I wanted each of us to have our own little cakes.  So of course I went for lemon cupcakes! 

Lemon cupcake with candle and Magnolia Bakery cookbook

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I busted out my *Magnolia Bakery cookbook for some inspiration and they did not fail!  I decided upon their Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream frosting, but halved the recipes as I didn’t need 24 cupcakes.  Boy were they yummy!

The cake was supremely moist with a really lovely lemon flavor and not overly sweet.  The rich buttercream is a great contrast to the lightness of the cupcake. And after feasting on a standing rib roast that evening for dinner, the fresh lemon juice and zest adds a refreshing zing after a heavy meal. 

Lemon cupcakes in the making - mixing and then filling the baking cups | Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon cupcake with gift bags and cards

Except for my step-dad, my family really isn’t big on sweets, but these went over really well!  Most commented on how moist the cake was.  Definitely worth giving it a go!

Sadly, the one time that I finally got to New York (which was to celebrate our 10 year anniversary) we had to leave early as hurricane Irene was threatening mass destruction.  So our extra-long celebratory weekend in NYC ended up being about a 24-hour jaunt (which I was sick for most of).  This meant I missed out on a whole bunch of activities we had planned, including visiting the Magnolia Bakery.  Sad times, but I will be back!!

On a more positive note, this past weekend was a great reminder to stop and have fun and enjoy time with friends and family.  After all, life is short gotta enjoy it while we can!




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