Mini Lemon Meringue Cupcakes + A Day of Crafts and Cocktails

December 2, 2011

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This past week, one of my clients hosted a great event with Laura Filipowicz of Bag Lady Promotions. I have known about Laura for a while, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago, over vegan salads (Laura has admitted to not eating green things, but both Deborah and I bullied her into it) that we actually sat down and chatted.

It was here that the event; Crafts and Cocktails was born. Working with Deb is already a gift, but planning this event with Laura confirmed why I do what I do. The Urban Baker started out as a creative outlet, but what it has led me to is meeting lots of wonderful woman who have had careers, changed careers, given up careers, and in turn, reinvented themselves.

All of the woman(AdrienneAlexandraAngelaAriannaBrendaCarmen, Claudia, CourtneyDeborah S., JeaninneKarinMeg,RomySarahTracyUngenita, and Yvonne) that attended all share something on the web. Not only do they share their journey, their vision, and their stories, but they co-share with one another. After reading all of their blogs, impressed with how supportive they are with one another, I was excited to put words to a face.

While we drank champagne, crafted bracelets, ate Meg’s mini quiches, stuffed cherry tomatoes, and sliders, we chatted and got to know one another. I was impressed with how supportive these woman are of one another and I found each and every one of them interesting with something valuable to say. Although the event was only two hours, the feeling that I felt when I left(after putting the store back together again), was joy and gratitude.

I offered to make some desserts. Mini Pumpkin Praline Cheesecakes, Mocha Truffles and these, Mini Lemon Meringue Cupcakes and were a terrific partner to Meg’s goodies. It’s rare that I get try my own baked goods. While we were cleaning up, I popped one of these cupcakes in my mouth and it was the perfect way to end the perfect day!

Mini Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
cupcake recipe adapted from here
yield: 60 mini cupcakes

ingredients:
2 1/4(11.5 oz.) cups cake flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 cups(10 oz.)buttermilk, room temperature
4 large egg whites, room temperature
1 1/2 cups(11 oz) sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon zest(about 3 lemons)
8 Tbsp.(4 oz.) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 recipe Lemon Curd
1/2 recipe of Marshmallow Frosting

instructions:
• preheat oven to 350*.
• line mini cupcake liners(60) with paper liners.
• in a small bowl, whisk the cake flour, baking powder, and kosher salt. set aside.
• in a glass bowl, whisk the egg whites and then whisk in the buttermilk. set aside.
• in a small bowl mix the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers. set aside.
• in the workbowl of your electric mixer, cream the butter.
• add the lemon sugar to the butter and beat until light and creamy.
• add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the mixing bowl. add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture. repeat, ending with the flour mixture.
• add the lemon zest and mix thoroughly with a rubber spatula.
• using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scooper, fill the paper liners with 2/3 full.
• bake 14-16 minutes, or until they are springy to the touch or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
• cool completely on a wire rack.
• spoon a teaspoon of of lemon curd onto each cupcake.
• fill a pastry bag fitted with desired pastry tip with marshmallow frosting. pipe each cupcake with a bit of frosting.
• using a kitchen torch, torch each cupcake – and try not to burn the liners(as I did)!
• these are best eaten the day they are made. if you have leftovers, store in the fridge – they won’t last long.

 

 

More Lemon Meringue around the Web:
Lemon Meringue Pie Shooters – Honest Cooking
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream – Not So Humble Pie
Tarte au Citron Meringuee - Les Petits Plats de Trinidad

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] December 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Gorgeous! I can just imagine how sweet and tart they are. A great combo.

I would love to attend one of these parties and meet these inspiring women!

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2 Susan December 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

you got it! next one I will put you on the list!

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3 Linda December 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm

They looks delicious…I could see popping one of those babies into my mouth right now!

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4 Kim December 3, 2011 at 5:17 am

Love these cupcakes. Lemon is one of my favorite dessert flavor!

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5 Amanda December 4, 2011 at 6:14 am

Look at all those gorgeous ladies!! What a talented bunch! I adore these cupcakes and am looking forward to trying them asap! :)

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6 marla {family fresh cooking} December 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

What sweet treats to bring to this fun event. Glad to hear hear your time was filled with joy & gratitude!

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7 aida mollenkamp December 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

What gorgeous cupcakes, Susan! That event sounds like it was a great time too!

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8 Lucy Lean December 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hey lady – crafting and Chamapagne – where was my invite?!!! ; ))))) Plus these lemon meringue cakes are insanely pretty – and I bet heavenly too.

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9 Nancy@acommunaltable December 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

Truth be told I am not a huge fan of the really large, really sweet cupcakes. But these? Oh goodness, these would be the death of me – I know I’d not be able to stop eating them!! Definitely have to make these soon – of course only when I can share them since I know I’d eat the whole batch!!

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10 Susan December 6, 2011 at 11:18 am

You are so right, Nancy. I had one, took a few home for the kids and left the balance behind. My weaknes is chocolate ( a box of Sees is the death of me – cannot control myself). After all, it is that time of year where we are allowed to induldge!

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11 Georgia Pellegrini December 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

I love lemon desserts this time of year. The bright flavor is a nice change from all the pumpkin and gingerbread (although I will never complain about too much pumpkin and gingerbread). Thanks for the recipe!

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12 abby @ thingsforboys December 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

yum! I love lemon meringue! You have my mouth watering

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