I have days when I question whether I chose the right profession. Last Monday was one of those days. I needed to test the last dessert recipe for the bridal shower and somehow I went crazy. I didn't really intend to. I just did.
The day started simply enough, I pulled out the ingredients to start baking and then got to thinking. Would it be better to serve the cupcakes in liners or without? I decided I'd make a tray of each. Easy enough. And then the downward spiral began. The recipe calls for you to cut out a cone shape from the top of the cupcake and fill the hole with lemon curd. Then slice off the top of the cone and replace it on the top of the cupcake.
That probably would be fine for large cupcakes, but seemed problematic for mini guys. Would there be enough lemon curd? Could I even cut out a hole big enough? I decided to give it a try, but also to try a few other options. My second option was just to mix the lemon curd into the frosting. Same taste, way less work. My third option was to skip the curd and just add lemon zest. More subtle flavor, bigger visual impact because the zest added nice texture.
So before I knew it, I was making six different options. Three frosting choices, two wrapping/no-wrapping choices. Luckily, the recipe made a big batch, so I just divided it up. But still, it was ridiculous.
Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
recipe from here
1 c (150 g) cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/3 c + 2 Tbls (170 g) sugar, divided
Zest of 1 lemon
5 eggs, separated
1/4 c (60 ml)water
1/4 c (60 ml) vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
5/8 tsp cream of tartar
4 Tbls poppy seeds
1 8oz package cream cheese, at room temp
4 Tbls butter, at room temp
2 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Note: I baked mini cupcakes, but you could also do regular. I ended up mixing about 1/3-1/2 of a cup lemon curd into the frosting, but you could easily put them in the center if you desired.
Any guesses as to which option I chose? Option two! The lemon curd ended up being very necessary for the flavor and it made the cupcakes nice and moist. But frankly, I was way too lazy to cut out all of those little damn cones. For regular sized cupcakes, definitely. But for the mini ones? No way. I'm going to share the shower results later this week or next week, but they turned out great!