Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lemon Creme Cupcakes [like the cookies]

My sister is getting married in 2 weeks! I'm so excited for her. She's had a really rough time recently [dress mix up, bridesmaid dress mix up, death in the family], but I know she is going to have a wonderful day. 

I'm making her cupcakes, so I had to come up with something special for her. We're having not so traditional chocolate, vanilla, and something just a bit different.

 Lemon Creme Cupcakes [like the cookies] via @cupcake_n_bake #cupcakes #recipe #cookies

I got the inspiration for these cupcakes from those lemon creme cookies you buy at the grocery store. Those are awesome, and they taste great as cupcakes, too!

 Lemon Creme Cupcakes [like the cookies] via @cupcake_n_bake #cupcakes #recipe #cookies

I made these 3 weeks ago, so that my sister could try them. I swear, these cupcakes are the only thing I've heard about since then. Even my dad can't get enough. Can you believe he thought I couldn't bake from scratch. I mean, how does he think I bake? Seriously! :)

 Brown Butter

The cupcake base is brown butter. See that ^^, that's what it should look like.

 Brown Butter Cupcakes via @cupcake_n_bake

I accidentally burned my second batch, but they turned out great. Actually my sister told me that I needed to burn them for her wedding. Ummm...ok. I'm sure I'll never hear those words again.

 Lemon Creme Cupcakes [like the cookies] via @cupcake_n_bake #cupcakes #recipe #cookies

I'm torn about what I should do for the decorations, though. On one hand, I want to crush up some Lemon Creme Cookies. On the other, I want to leave them plain.

 Lemon Creme Cupcakes [like the cookies] via @cupcake_n_bake #cupcakes #recipe #cookies

What do you think I should do?

Lemon Creme [cookie] Cupcakes

by Renea Hand
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
Keywords: bake cake
Ingredients (18 cupcakes)
    For the Cupcakes
    • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
    • 1 1/2 cups of flour
    • 5/8 cup of milk
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 5/6 cup of sugar (or you can do what I did and add 1/2 cup of sugar then 1/3 cup of sugar)
    • 3/8 cup of brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    For the Frosting
    • 1/2 cup of solid shortening
    • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
    • 2 tbsp lemon extract (may add more as desired for tasting)
    • 1-2 tsp lemon extract (may add more as desired)
    • 1 pound or 4 cups of powered sugar
    • milk or lemon juice as needed for consistency
    For the cake
    Preheat you oven to 350
    Brown your butter in a medium saucepan. It should turn a color similar to caramel. This gives your butter a nutty flavor. Make sure to stir occasionally, and to watch it closely.
    In a small mixing bowl, combine your milk and vanilla. Set aside.
    Next, in a medium/large bowl, combine your sugar, brown sugar, and butter.
    Add your eggs to the butter and sugar mixture, beating after each addition.
    Add the flour to your butter mixture followed by the milk a little at a time until all is combined.
    Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until the edges look almost burned.
    For the Frosting
    Cream together the butter and shortening.
    Add the lemon extract and lemon zest, and continue to cream.
    Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, and continue to mix until perfect consistency is met.
    If needed, add milk to lemon juice to make the frosting creamier.
    Frost cupcakes as desired.
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    1. These are A M A Z I N G !!
      I sooooooooo wish I could have one :)
      I'd leave them as they are - with the beautiful white frosting (very appropriate for a wedding)

      Did I already say they're perfect?

      1. Oh, you are too sweet! I think I will leave them plain, thanks!

    2. Found these on MyRecipeMagic.com. They look so delicious and the frosting looks amazing! -The Six Sisters

    3. Yum, these look delicious! I love anything lemon, so I'll have to save this one. :)
      New FB follower, would love if you stopped by my page if you get a chance.

      Rebekah @ Somewhere in the Middle

    4. These look so delish and I just love lemon, cupcakes and lots of frosting! Coming over from You're Gonna Love it.


    5. Looks Great! I have a weakness for cupcakes, want to make these soon. Stopping by from {Wow me} Wednesday.


      1. I have a weakness for cupcakes, too, Brenna. Don't we all? Thanks for stopping by!

    6. Yum! These look so pretty and of course delicious! I love lemon and cannot wait to try these!

    7. can you do both? cuz i'd like to eat both kinds-with or without the crushed cookies :)
      oh i see this is an old post (i clicked on your link at Lil Luna party!)-oh well, i'll still eat both-LOL
      BIG congrats to your sis too!

      1. Lol Lisa. I ended up doing 3 different kinds of cupcakes, so I just left these plain. They turned out great, and she had a wonderful wedding.

    8. I absolutely love lemon and think your frosting technique is beautiful - my cupcakes never turn out like that! I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays: http://pinkrecipebox.com/creative-wednesdays-with-pink-recipe-box-3/

      1. I'll definitely stop by, Nicky. Thanks for the invite!

    9. They look delicious! I think the frosting looks cute as it is, but what about adding a little zest shaving?

    10. These looks delicious, I'd love to have a lick of the icing. Visiting from I'm Lovin It.

      1. Glad you stopped by. Oh the icing is the best part!

    11. OH my word!! You had me at lemon. Love me some lemon anything! We would love to have you share your recipe at our link party! Debbie @ http://www.madefrompinterest.net/

    12. I hope you and your daughter enjoy them!

    13. These look fantastic! I'm sure your sister's wedding will be great. I went through something similar last summer with my sister's wedding - our dad had passed away 9 months prior to her wedding. I ended up making my sister's wedding cake - stressful for sure, but it turned out great! http://www.envirocraftiness.com/2012/10/the-big-one-wedding-cake.html

      1. I'm so sorry about your dad. Our grandmother passed away right before her wedding. We were both extremely close to her. Thanks for stopping by!


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