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Lemon Cupcakes

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

There has been a lack of activity around these parts and the reason is that I have been sucked into the Stephanie Plum Number books by Janet Evanovich. When I read, I READ and do absolutely nothing else. I’m on book fourteen out of eighteen so I should be done by the end of the week and back to my regularly scheduled program.

One thing I want to tackle is finding the perfect, basic cake recipe. I made these lemon cupcakes this past weekend and the cake was SO dense and dry…I didn’t much care for the frosting either – too gooey. The lemon curd, however, was awesome. I am going to go all crazy and try to make a gigantic batch and can it.

I’ve been wanting to make this Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake recipe by The Cupcake Project for a long time so I think it will be a good place to start. I also want to explore the vegan cupcake arena, as I have found they are soooo moist and delicious and irresistible.

I’ll also need to figure out a better basic frosting as well. I’ve tried the magic flour one and while the texture is awesome, I felt like I could *taste* the flour. Blech. I think it’ll end up either being a swiss or italian buttercream. I don’t like overly sweet frostings and I don’t mind the fussiness involved with the bain-marie and sugar syrups. Yay! Cupcake Bandwagon!


  • I know, right? My mom made awesome cakes growing up and they were all out of a box.

  • 4 words for the perfect cake: Bet Ty Croc Ker

  • Ooo! Fantastic! I am going to try this recipe this weekend! I think a field trip would be AWESOME. That’s an excellent idea…research in the field.

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