Ever since I watched the Celebrity Apprentice (is anyone else watching this?) about cupcakes a couple of weeks ago--I've had cupcakes on the mind. When I haven't been cleaning, I've been dreaming up new ideas for cupcakes--and I've come up with a lot!
The one I tried to create this weekend was "lemon meringue" cupcakes. Doesn't that sound like a good idea? I thought so. I made a lemony cake mixture and then a basic meringue concoction (which I dyed yellow) and kind of played around with the idea.
The result was a very pretty cupcake:
Here is one glistening in the sun:
Unfortunately, I wasn't super happy with the way they tasted. The cake part was good, but the meringue wasn't really working for me. My original idea was to fill the cake with like a lemon curd--and maybe it would be better that way? Otherwise, I'm going to have to make a more frosting-y meringue--sweeter too.
So I'm not going to share that recipe with you--but I want to post the recipe for the best lemon cake ever. It's an old family recipe and Don's favorite cake! It's also very easy to make.
Eunice's Lemon Cake
(I have no idea who Eunice is--but she makes good cake!)
1 package lemon Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
~~mix together and let cool~~
1 package yellow cake mix
~~add Jell-O to that, then...
3/4 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
~~bake at 350 for 45-50
When cake is done and still hot, poke holes all over the top with a fork and pour this over it:
1 cup powdered sugar
juice of 2 lemons
This forms a glaze. Makes a large cake!
Go ahead and try it--it's easy! And if I perfect the cupcakes, I'll pass that recipe along too.
Oh, and, by the way, neither of the showings were good. The first one thought the house was "too big" (That's the second time we've heard that one--apparently our house is bigger than I thought!) and the second one looked around for about five seconds and left. On to the next one...