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!
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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.
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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