Saturday, May 17, 2014

Easter Baking Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Happy Easter!

No, I'm kidding!  I'm just a teeny-weeny behind with my blogging, but I DID want to share this recipe I discovered this Easter: Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, fab-u-loso! Yum yum yum that's all I have to say.
Now that I know the little secret for the recipe, I am going to try it with other flavours.

Here is how I created these little gems....{scroll to bottom for recipe}....prep your cupcake tins.

First, zest some lemons.

Make your batter using a light coloured cake mix {yellow,white, etc.} and ADD the secret ingredient: reduced-fat SOUR CREAM ! Yep- you read right (grin).  Believe it or not this recipe has been revised to a lightened version with 139 calories and 4 g fat per cupcake, out of a batch of 24. can feel a little less quilty, lol.  

Add your zest to the batter...divide into cupcake liners - pretty close to the top. I wasn't too sure about how high to pile the batter and I was using my first "foil-lined" cupcake liners, and in the end I think I could of added more batter....use your own judgement and/or experience. Mine baked right to the rim and not over, so maybe more batter?  

Bake and cool cupcakes on rack(s), and prep your ICING - really gets good here!!!

I cheated.  The recipe calls to make your own meringue, but I used Dream Whip powder.  Mainly because we couldn't find meringue powder in our grocery...???  We are new at this, sooooo...we stressed our brains and decided Dream Whip sounded ok, and it worked!  Ice the cooled cupcakes. Again, I made another choice....recipe: "stir in remaining lemon zest " ....well, I opted to place it carefully on top of the icing where I also chose NOT to bake the icing!  Too much for moi, and it was just as delicious I'm sure! Looks pretty too, wouldn't you say? peeps checking out the goodies!  

AND I have to add this pic.....I couldn't say how many times I intend to use over-ripe bananas for
some classic BANANA BREAD....but I did it, here's the proof....

...not too shabby, and it was good!

Hope I make my easter post next year on time, lol :)

Supplies: 3 lemons, light coloured cake mix, water, reduced-fat sour cream, 4 eggs, canola oil (or similar)
sugar, meringue powder (or Dream Whip type), cupcake liners, cupcake tin for 24, toothpicks, metal or foil tray for cupcake pan support, mixer, basic baking tools. 
OVEN: 350 degrees

Prep your lemons into zest: 2 TBs and 2 tsp and thin lemon zest strips. 
Prep your cupcake tin with the cupcake liners - set aside.
Set up mixer, and have basic baking tools handy, chill 1 mixing bowl for meringue - ditto with beaters.

1 package yellow cake mix 
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream 
3 egg whites
1 egg
3 TBs oil
2 TBs lemon zest

1/2 cup cold water
12 TBs sugar
2 TBs meringue powder * - or 1 pack Dream Whip
2 tsp lemon zest
lemon strips

On low speed: beat cake mix, water, sour cream, egg whites, egg and oil till just combined, 30 secs.  Increase to medium speed and beat 2 mins.
Stir in 2 TBs lemon zest.
Divide batter among cupcake liners.
Bake 18 mins - or till toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
Cool 10 mins.
Remove from cupcake tin to rack(s) to cool 10 mins or more. 

{NOTE: I reused by washing my Kitchen Aid's bowl and placed in freezer with beater to chill fast for the next step}

On medium speed: beat water 6 TBs meringue powder until combined. ** See option below
Gradually beat in remaining sugar while watching mix to form SOFT peaks - 5mins, 5 mins more?
Stir in remaining zest ( 2 tsp).
Spread over cupcakes. 
Place on metal or foil tin and bake at 425 degrees until lightly browned {watch!}
Add lemon strips as garnish. 

** OPTION #2: as I said, I used Dream Whip - 1 package following direction on package, and I DID NOT bake them but served up the 'chilled whip' topped with zest and zest strips as garnish over cooled cupcakes. I would next time, add a little more flavour with more lemons or lemon flavouring, but it was tasty- really nice!  VERY nice!

SOURCE: Womans World Feb 22, 2010

My Daughter's CAS Birthday Card


My leopard wishing my daughter would hurry up and wake up 
so we can get on with celebrating her birthday!

Here is my daughter's birthday card for her 26th year!  She is still an adorable,
young, pretty and pleasant young lady!
 I am SO VERY PROUD of - and she loves colour, bright colours in a bright world,
 so I tried to give it to her with this card.  [plus a "few" - ahem - birthday gifts]

FRONT - notice I forgot my 'h' in birthday?  I was so caught up trying to write
 in a fun style that I misspelled the word, lol. 

Supplies:  Heidi Swapp cardstock and circle punch, Sizzlits 'Cherish' alphabet dies,
 markers, chalk, brad, and sewing machine.

This is a pretty easy card to whip up - white base, cut out some colourful alphabets and randomly
 punch a bunch of circles from pretty cardstock. Add a heart accent, brads, glitter...then use 
your own hand to print out a word or two. You can opt as I did to add more colour with
sweeping brushes of chalk!  Pretty easy.  You can sew on the circles as I did [because I have
been dying to try that look!!]...or just glue them on. 
I found it all very fun - its like bringing out your inner child :)


....continued to just have a fun time expressing my "love you" using alphabet letters,
 a heart and the same fun style lettering by hand.  So fast'n'easy to just slap a wide band of glitter glue
onto heavy cardstock ( 110 lb - so the moisture in the glitter glue won't buckle the paper). 
More random choices of colour - pretty! 

She loved it :)
And I love her.