Saturday, March 31, 2012

Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes

Many moons ago, I worked at Dunkin Donuts. My favorite part was finishing and decorating the donuts. It was a chance to be creative in such a non-creative environment. One of my favorite "Manager's Specials" that I would make was the Chocolate Lemon donut. Picture a shell (the kind of donut you fill), filled with lemon custard and topped with chocolate frosting. It was a heavenly combination of sweet and tart all in one bite.

Tomorrow is the 2nd Annual Cupcake Swap for a group of my friends. This is one of the cupcakes I decided to make. Yeah.... I made 3... wanna make something of it??


Lemon Cake:
1 box White Cake Mix
4 egg whites
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sour cream
zest of 3 lemons
Lemon Glaze:
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1-2 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate Buttercream:
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3-4 cups powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small bowl, sift cake mix to remove any lumps.
  3. In a large bowl, gently whisk egg whites, oil, buttermilk, lemon juice, sour cream and lemon zest together.
  4. Combine wet ingredients with the cake mix and stir until well combined.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  6. Lemon Glaze: Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. The mixture should reach a consistency similar to tomato soup. (I can't think of anything else to liken it unto)
  7. Spoon glaze over cupcakes that are nearly cooled and let the glaze set.
  8. Buttercream: Beat butter and cream cheese for 2 minutes. Scrape down bowl and add vanilla and cocoa. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
  9. Pipe buttercream over glazed cupcakes and top with yellow sprinkles or lemon slices. (I topped with Lemon Sprinkles that Pampered Chef used to sell.)

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