Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blog 1st birthday and Lemon Curd Cupcakes



I can't believe that it is a year since I started my blog. Actually it turned a year old while my father-in-law was here, but I didn't have a chance to celebrate the date during that time. It is always amazing to me how fast the time speeds by. It has been a lot of hard work, but it has been so much fun. I have met so many wonderful bloggers this first year and hope to meet more as I continue my blogging journey.

In honor of my blogs first birthday I decided to make some cupcakes; nice refreshing lemon ones. I found these on the Taste of Home website and knew right away that Mike would love these. The cupcakes turned out nice and light, even more they are filled with a lemon curd filling and topped with a lemony frosting. Now I would say that is one lemony cupcake. Needless to say Mike is enjoying the cupcakes.

I would like to thank all of you that come to my blog; I do enjoy reading your comments!!



Lemon Curd Cupcakes (As found on Taste Of Homes)
Ingredients:
Lemon Curd:
3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4-1/2 teaspoons butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Batter:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extra
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1-1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
Frosting:
2 tablespoons butter,
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons milk
Directions:
1. For lemon curd, in a heavy saucepan, cook and stir the sugar, lemon juice, and butter until smooth. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly; cook 2 minutes longer or until thickened. Stir in lemon peel. Cool for 10 minutes. Cover and chill for 1-1/2 hours or until thickened.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla and lemon peel. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a small round pastry tip. Fill bag with lemon curd. Insert tip1 inch  into center of each cupcake; fill with curd just until tops of cupcakes begin to crack.
In a small bowl, combine the butter, vanilla, salt, confectioners' sugar and enough mild to achieve frosting consistency. Frost cupcakes. Store in refrigerator.

21 comments:

  1. Happy 1st anniversary! The cupcakes are delectable! Have another great year of blogging!

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  2. Congrats in your 1st anniversary! I love lemon curd!!

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  3. Congratulations!
    Wow first year blog anniversary! I'm happy for you! Keep the Words and the Food of Deliciousness coming!
    Love that cake!!

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  4. Congratulations! One year sounds amazing! I love your blog and enjoy your recipes.

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  5. Congrats on your 1st anniversary! Lovely cupcakes. Love the flavour.
    Have a nice day!
    Anuja

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  6. Happy 1st Anniversary! The cupcake looks lovely and perfect for any celebration!

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  7. Congratulations on one year! These cupcakes look like a great way to celebrate!

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  8. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, congrats :D
    Looks yummy :D

    XoXo
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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  9. Happy blog birthday! The lemon curd cupcakes look amazing.

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  10. Congrats on one full year of food blogging! :) These cupcakes look like the perfect treat to celebrate! :)

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  11. Congrats! Happy Blog Birthday! And how nice of you to make cupcakes. And lemon is my favorite flavor - how thoughtful! ;-) Fun post - thanks.

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  12. Happy, happy birthday to your wonderful blog! My hubby would love these cupcakes...he adores lemon! What a nice way to celebrate :)

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  13. Happy 1st anniversary! Lovely & delicious cupcake for the occasion! Looks so cute with the candle! :)

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  14. happy blog birthday!! yayy!! the cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate!

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  15. you had me on LEMON, babe.

    these cupcakes looks sinful and gorgeous.

    Happy Blogoversary! X

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  16. Happy 1st Blog Birthday to you!!!
    I have so enjoyed coming to visit your blog and seeing what you have been cooking. Always looks and sounds so tasty :))
    Here is to a very successful 2nd year.
    Your cupcakes look really delicious and lemon too - my favourite. :)

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  17. Happy 1st Blog Bday!! And what a yummy way to celebrate :) Fresh lemon cupcakes are the best in the summer! Congrats again!!

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  18. Congratulations, Dawn!! I've enjoyed watching you try new things and come up with some great meals this past year. Have a blessed day!

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  19. Happy Anniversary! Lemon cupcakes always a great way to celebrate everything and anything...love that little candle in the cupcake!

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