Baking: Sunny Citrus Cupcakes

citrus cupcakes

It is my dear friend’s birthday. She loves cupcakes(of course). So I determined to make some pretty cupcakes. I started with a pretty standard lemon cake recipe. Filled them with lime infused whipped cream, and glazed them with mandarin cream-cheese icing. They are citrusy and delicious and very very pretty. Just like she is.

lemony golden tops

So here’s a little tip for the next time you need to make cupcakes. You can make them highly impressive by adding a filling to them. Here’s how:

Make any kind of cupcake.

Make some whipped cream and add into it any flavor you like, raspberries, melted chocolate, citrus zest, cinnamon, maple syrup.

Make icing.

Think of the fun you can have! Here are some flavor ideas: white cake+raspberry whipped cream filling+chocolate icing. chocolate cake+cherry filling+chocolate icing. spice cake+maple whipped cream+caramel icing. chocolate cake+orange whipped cream+white chocolate icing. chocolate cake+raspberry filling+peanut butter icing.

So many options! To fill the cupcake, use a long pointy icing tip and a pastry bag. These are very inexpensive to buy and reusable. Wait until cupcakes are completely cool before filling. Poke pointy tip into cupcake center in about 3 different spots, careful not to overfill and have them crack apart.

One little tip…as much as pretty buttercream icing, piped six inches high, is delicious and wonderful. The filling in the cupcake adds to the sweetness, so a glaze or at least a smaller amount of icing leaves these cupcakes palatable without being too sweet(if there is such a thing).

Cupcakes are good for the soul. (but sugar is bad for the body, so eat as a treat!)

Voila. Pretty cupcakes for a pretty friend.

reasonable life motto

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristy-Anne
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 18:09:37

    These look PERFECT! Can’t wait to try them. YUMMMMMMMMMM!

    Reply

  2. karen
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 19:43:48

    I love the new look of your blog! Very nice! I also love these! Probably because there is sugar involved! 😉

    Reply

  3. ACS Distance Education
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 18:31:19

    I love the images and photography on your blog. Everything looks so appealing – the textures even come through on the screen! Our photography students should check out your blog for some inspiration!

    Reply

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