Well, this post would have come sooner if a certain somebody didn't mistakenly take the USB cable for my camera with him to work instead of his own camera's cable. But... I'm not complaining. I've let go of that grudge. Hehe. But trust me, I wasn't a happy camper earlier.
Anyway, it's been a pretty cruddy day. It hasn't stopped raining since this morning and the sky is a depressing shade of gray. Days like these I just want to stay home and bake. Bake things that brighten up my day and my mood. Like these cupcakes. Guaranteed to turn any depressing, gray day into something bright and beautiful!
I brought these into work earlier this week and they practically vanished in no time! And funny conversation, I told them I used Meyer Lemons and kind of educated them on the difference between it and a regular old lemon, and the whole time I was saying Meyer lemons, my coworkers were thinking I was talking about the grocery store we have around here, Meijer (pronounced the same way), and so they were a bit puzzled why those lemons were so special. Silly, silly coworkers. I really have to give them some more citrus education soon.
Anyway, without further ado (I mean, you've waited long enough), one of the best cupcakes I've ever had...
Adapted from Cooking on the Side's recipe
|They're just waiting to be eaten.|
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
2 & 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
juice from 1 Meyer lemon
zest from 1 Meyer lemon
1 cup powdered sugar
juice from 1 Meyer lemon
|I'm tellin' ya, they go quick!|
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and corn starch.
In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until fluffy and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternate adding the flour and heavy whipping cream to sugar and eggs. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice and zest.
Fill each paper liner about 3/4 full with batter. I had enough batter to make 18 cupcakes and a whole loaf in a bread pan.
Bake cupcakes for about 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake come out clean. If you decide to make a loaf as well, bake for about 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Remove cupcakes from muffin tin and cool on a cooling rack until at room temperature.
To make the glaze, in a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Using a whisk attachment, beat until glaze is smooth and free of lumps from sugar. Add more lemon juice, if desired. Top cupcakes with glaze.
Seriously, these were amazing. The pound cake was perfectly dense and had just the slightest lemon tinge, which was perfect for me - and apparently Andy also, who ate like 5 in one sitting. Whether you make a loaf or a cupcake, you'll have a hard time keeping these around because I've noticed they have a tendency to just disappear! Enjoy guys!