Foodie Friday: Lemon Cupcakes

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It’s Friday and I’m doing a food post! Welcome to Foodie Friday!

And no, it’s not a linky. Or a weekly series. I just wrote ‘Foodie’ in front of Friday because I’m a big fan of alliteration. *ahem*

On Thursday, I was seized by the urge to bake something. The night before on Twitter, the subject of cupcakes came up when Jessica mentioned a craving for some. I went on to boast about my ‘famous’ lemon cupcakes with homemade lemon-lime curd.

I do not make empty boasts (if there’s such a thing).

So I made these delicious golden bites of cupcake goodness.

There is no frosting, I do not particularly enjoy frosting. Instead, it’s a filled cupcake. Filled with the goodness known as lemon-lime curd. Homemade lemon-lime curd.

Since I love, care and share, here’s the recipe, as adapted from Tartelette aka Helene Dujardin, one of my favorite food bloggers (she also takes gorgeous photographs). I changed this recipe to my taste as I love my baked goods VERY lemony and less sweet (hence the strange measurement for sugar, I reduced it).

Click here for the original Lemon Lime Mini Cakes recipe, which includes the ingredients and recipe for the cream cheese frosting, which is missing in my recipe.

Lemon-Lime Cupcakes with Lemon Curd
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  1. 6 oz (175 g) butter at room temperature
  2. 4.2 oz (120 g) caster sugar
  3. Grated zest of 1 lemon
  4. Juice of 2 lemons
  5. 6 oz (175 g) self-raising flour, sifted
  6. 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  7. 3 large eggs, beaten
  8. Ingredients for lemon-lime curd
  9. Grated zest and juice of 2 limes
  10. Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  11. 3 oz (75 g) caster sugar
  12. 2 large eggs
  13. 2 oz (50g) unsalted butter
  1. Preheat oven at 350F (180 Celsius). Prepare cupcake tins.
  2. Measure all the cupcake ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat - ideally with an electric hand whisk - until you have a smooth , creamy consistency. Then divide the mixture evenly into the cupcake tins and bake them on the centre shelf of the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Once cupcakes are cooked, remove from oven. Remove cupcakes from the tin 30 seconds after they come out of the oven, on to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Method for curd
  5. While the cupcakes are cooking, make the curd. Prepare a saucepan of barely simmering water.
  6. Place the sugar and grated zest into a bowl. Whisk the lime and lemon juice together with the eggs, then pour this over the sugar and zest. Then add the butter (cut into small pieces), and place the bowl into the saucepan. Stir frequently until thickened, this may take between 15-20 minutes.
  7. Method for marrying the cupcake with the curd
  8. Once the cupcakes are cool, cut a hole in the centre of each cupcake, fill it with the curd and put the 'lid' back on.
  9. Enjoy!
Adapted from Tartelette
Adapted from Tartelette
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  • August 5, 2011 Ann

    Oh – these are delicious! I love Tartlette’s site as well….her pictures are a feast for the eyes…as are your amazing cupcakes!

    My hubby isn’t a frosting fan, either! I make something similar to this with just lemon curd and a lemon cream-cheese frosting and he promptly removes all the frosting!

    These look amazing and I LOVE that you did a foodie friday!
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Ann!! I do love food, so it makes sense that I post about food occasionally right? πŸ˜‰

  • August 5, 2011 Kimberly

    Um, I love you. That is all.

    They look amazing!
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      They taste pretty awesome too, if I may say so myself. #loveyatoo

  • August 5, 2011 mom2kiddos

    I love the idea of the lemon curd filling. I don’t particularly like frosting on my cupcakes either unless it’s cream cheese frosting. Will give this a try one day. Thanks for sharing your world famous recipe. πŸ˜€
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      The lemon curd is yummy. Do try it!

  • August 5, 2011 Natalie

    My mother-in-law would love these! She loves all things lemon! Looks pretty tasty I must say!
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      They are very good, in fact, I’m going to eat one now hehe.

  • August 5, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I love lemon curd. And lemon cupcakes. And just plain cupcakes. And sugar.
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee, funny girl.

  • August 5, 2011 My Inner Chick

    I am making these for sure.
    How did you know I LOVE lemon? I love it so much I shall Marry it πŸ™‚ xx

    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Soul sisters!! I love all things lemon! Do make them, let me know how they turn out πŸ˜‰

  • August 5, 2011 Jamie

    First, I too LOVE alliteration. LOVE. It’s possible you picked up on this by my blog titles. Ha!

    Second, I am getting into bed and now all I will think/dream about are these delicious looking cupcakes. I don’t like cupcakes but I want one of these!! YUM!
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Always Awesome, Alliteration!

      If you don’t like cupcakes, you’ll love these. The curd is to die for.

  • August 5, 2011 Bruna

    I love trying out new recipes. They look absolutely yummy. Thanks for sharing! BTW, I *love* Foody Friday. Could be a cool new meme! (wink, wink)
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Another meme? πŸ˜‰ It’d mean committing every Friday, and I can’t haha!

      They are yummy, do try them and let me know how they turn out!

  • August 5, 2011 Hopes

    *drool* I will blame you for the 5 extra pounds on my rear end. Thank you very much!
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Imagine the extra 10 on my ass!

  • August 5, 2011 Lisa

    My husband would be all over these cupcakes. He loves all things lemon. The good thing is I am not crazy about lemon so if I make these for them, there is a good chance I won’t eat too many. Happy Friday.
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      You might change your mind if you taste the curd πŸ˜‰ Happy Friday to you too!

  • August 5, 2011 Stasha

    You should make foodie Fridays a feature. That looks scrumptious!

    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      If I do, it means I’ll have to make something every week. I don’t know if I can πŸ˜‰ We’ll see!

  • August 5, 2011 Jessica

    You are a cupcake queen (ok, not really alliteration but close, right)?
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Close enough! πŸ˜‰

  • August 5, 2011 Kim

    You weren’t kidding when you said you were a whiz with cupcakes. Coming to your blog is starting to get dangerous for me as every time you post a photo of food I crave it!!
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, you’re welcome πŸ™‚

  • August 5, 2011 Aleta

    Those pictures are so delicious looking!
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      The actual cupcake was pretty darn good too!

  • August 5, 2011 Kelley

    mmm!!! Those look really, really good. I am always looking for lemon-flavored desserts (except for Lemon Heads or lemon tarts…). Thanks for sharing!
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome! I hope you try it!

  • August 5, 2011 Leighann

    This looks sooooo good!

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      And it WAS!!

  • August 5, 2011 Jaime

    Wow, those look amazing. I’m not much of a baker…but I may try this.

    • August 6, 2011 Donna L. Johnson

      I’m not much of a baker either, Jaime..the very reason why I dare not try..will settle for licking my monitor instead!
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      It’s so easy! Just throw all the ingredients into a mixer, mix and pour batter into cupcake tin. Cannot be easier.

  • August 5, 2011 Kir

    wow, I’m sending my address cause that they look amazing and I want them and I can’t make them. LOL

    I don’t like Lemon, but honestly I Can see myself eating half a dozen of these.

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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      If anything can convert a non-lemon lover to one, these will do it!

  • August 5, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    I’m drooling…these look delicious! A confession: I’ve never made cupcakes from scratch…I always use a box of cake mix.
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Hehe. These are easy cupcakes, almost as easy as cake mix. Just chuck it all into a bowl and mix!

  • August 5, 2011 Christi

    Yum! I just saved it to Pinterest. I’m so addicted to that site now.
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Yay! Do try this recipe!

  • August 6, 2011 janie

    I can almost taste it already. I used to be fueled by cupcakes!

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      It is beautifully tangy πŸ˜‰

  • August 6, 2011 imperfectmomma

    Oh if I wasn’t trying to lose this baby weight….they look good! I aint a fan of frosting either
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      One won’t hurt πŸ˜‰

  • August 6, 2011 Kate F.

    Yum! Those look DELICIOUS! Now I am totally ready to bake some up… Except, I can’t… I’m on vacation… No stove, no oven, no cooking… OK. I think l’ll have to “favorite” this on my google reader and come back to it… Someday when I have a kitchen available … And some extra time… and all the ingredients… Wait. Do you ship ’em? πŸ™‚
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Hahahaha! They don’t do well in transit πŸ˜‰

  • August 6, 2011 Krista

    Shall I send you my address so you can justship them to me? OK, great!

    Seriously, those look fantastic. I made similar ones once, but left out the filling. Clearly that was a mistake.
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Oh the curd is a MUST, the cupcake is just meh without it!

  • August 6, 2011 Ado

    Looks yummolicious. Want one right now. Too lazy and tired from being licked by a bison and riding on a spitty camel at zoo w. kids today to make them…but I can dream. Good God how I love lemon curd – I think that homemade would just about kill me…!
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      I can see this as a summer activity with the girls……. the homemade curd needs to be stirred continuously for 15 minutes. A very good activity to distract children with πŸ˜‰

  • August 6, 2011 jeands

    This looks yummy!

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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      It was yummy!

  • August 6, 2011 hilljean

    Wow!Those look amazing! I would keep your recipe and then add a bunch, like a TON of frosting on top. Cause I am a frosting sort of gal πŸ™‚
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      I believe it was a simple cream cheese frosting – you should totally add frosting πŸ™‚

  • August 6, 2011 Jessica

    I’ll take 2 of these right now. With frosting. Because I’m all about frosting.
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      I’ll make frosting just for you.

  • August 6, 2011 Angie

    I totally love things less sweet and more lemony! Will have to try these.
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Please do, and let me know how they taste!

  • August 6, 2011 Rebel Chick Jenn

    This recipe looks SO good! Thanks so much for sharing!
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      It is a good recipe, and yummy! You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  • August 6, 2011 Life in Lusaka

    Those look delish. Will have to try them.
    Stopping by from LBS.
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    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Please do, they’re very easy! Thanks for visiting.

  • August 6, 2011 SweetJeanette

    Stopping by from Lady Blogger’s Society Tea Party – girl, I’m in awe…. homemade lemon-lime curd??? You rock!

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      It’s actually easier than it sounds! Thanks for visiting.

  • August 7, 2011 Katie

    Those look absolutely delicious! But what I’m more impressed with is your ability to bake a filled cupcake…especially one filled with curd. For some reason that seems like such a monumental task to me, and yet, you did it! And they look so yummy!
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    • August 7, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Katie! And it’s just really easy to make, not monumental at all πŸ™‚

  • August 7, 2011 Kristy

    I LOVE lemon and those look divine!
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    • August 7, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!

  • August 7, 2011 Penny

    Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by and commenting today.

    The cupcake looks fantastic. I am a huge fan of lemon flavored desserts. I’ll definitely give this a shot. I also adore alliteration, you won me with words.
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    • August 7, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for coming by Penny. Do give this recipe a go, it’s VERY lemony!

  • August 7, 2011 Elena

    Those look awesome! I’m not a super big dessert person, but I seriously think I’d love those!
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    • August 7, 2011 Alison

      They’re beautiful πŸ™‚

  • August 7, 2011 Anastasia

    That is so tasty looking! nom!
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    • August 7, 2011 Alison

      It was YUMMY! πŸ™‚

  • August 7, 2011 Sandra

    I wish it said “lemon-lime turd” instead of curd so I wouldn’t be sitting here salivating!
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    • August 7, 2011 Alison

      Hahahaha! You can’t have any Sandra, you’re on that crazy ass diet! I’ll eat one on your behalf.

  • August 8, 2011 Charlotte

    I’ve never been a big lemon kind of gal, but these cupcakes look delicious. I may have to try πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!
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    • August 8, 2011 Alison

      It’s extremely lemony so if you’re not a big lemon fan? Go easy on the lemon πŸ™‚

  • August 8, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    The ooze of lemon looks wonderful! I will have to try these.
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    • August 8, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, and please do!

  • August 8, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    Oh, wow, Alison. These look divine. Except for the no frosting part. Because everything is better with frosting. Hot dogs? Potato chips? Guacamole? Everything.
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    • August 8, 2011 Alison

      We shall agree to disagree then? πŸ™‚

  • August 8, 2011 momof12

    Those cupcakes look awesome! I do a Food for Thought Friday recipe too. Yours is the first blog I’ve seen that follows that meme. I’m excited to look at some of your others.

    • August 8, 2011 Alison

      Hi Sandy, thanks for dropping by! And thank you, the cupcakes is one of my specialties (I don’t have many).

      I wasn’t following a meme at all for this, I baked on Thursday so decided to post this on Friday! Did not even know there’s a meme πŸ™‚ I am considering making it a regular series on my blog though.

  • August 9, 2011 Mama And The City

    they look so yummy
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      They were! (all gone now!)

  • August 9, 2011 Ashley

    So.. how is it that I can get you to come here and make them for me? Is that possible?? Yum, they look delicious!
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      I would love to. Just send me a plane ticket and I’ll be right there!!:)

  • Oh, my poor mouth. I just drooled all over the place.
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    • August 9, 2011 Alison

      Mission accomplished!

  • August 11, 2011 Julie

    Sweet! A tried and true lemon curd recipe. I want to make a layer cake with lemon curd filling, and I’ve been too scared to try one.

    My friend is gonna love this for her birthday this weekend!
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    • August 11, 2011 Alison

      It’s so easy to make! Just make sure you continue stirring it, or it gets lumpy easily. Plus it’s very lemony so if your friend isn’t too into that, take it easy with the lemons πŸ™‚ Let me know how it goes!

  • December 5, 2011 Phyllis Evans

    Those look delish. And thank you, the cupcakes is one of my specialties (I don’t have many).
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