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Easter is such a wonderful holiday and for me, it’s always the official start to spring! Tulips, daffodils, colored eggs and fresh, bright flavors are what I look for. Lemon is delicious year-round, but it seems like the perfect pairing with Easter. Usually, I make a lemon meringue pie, but this year I wanted an update and what is better than a cupcake? A lemon curd filled cupcake of course! This is such a fun springtime treat, perfect for Easter but also for any time of the year!

To get the lemon curd recipe, make sure to check out my basic recipe here!

Serve these immediately and need I even say enjoy?! These are not only an Easter treat but can be adapted for any celebration! And hey, Saturdays count as celebrations, right?!

Watch how to make these lemon meringue cupcakes:

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Author: Kaleb

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup lemon curd for filling

For the meringue frosting

  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

For the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix to incorporate the dry ingredients.
  • With the mixer running on low speed, add the butter one tablespoon at a time, letting each mix about 20-30 seconds before adding the next. Mix until the butter and dry ingredients become a coarse crumb texture. Turn off mixer.
  • In a large measuring glass or bowl, beat together the 3 egg yolks and 1 whole egg.
  • Add the milk and vanilla.
  • Return the mixer to a slow speed and slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. Turn the mixer to high and beat for 30 seconds until the batter is light and fluffy. There may still be small bits of butter, but that's okay!
  • Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners and fill each with batter. There should be enough to evenly fill each one. A large ice cream style scoop works extremely well for this.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for 18-25 minutes. A wooden skewer inserted should come out clean with only a few crumbs.
  • Remove from oven and place cupcakes on a cooling rack. Cool completely before filling and frosting.
  • Once cooled, cut a circle (about 1 inch in diameter) in the top of each cupcake. Scoop out a small portion of the cake and fill with approximately one tablespoon of lemon curd.
  • Remove excess cake from the cut off piece and replace cake over the curd filling as a "cap."
  • Frost with the meringue frosting (recipe below).

For the meringue frosting

  • Combine the egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer (or any heatproof bowl).
  • Set over just-simmering water and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reaches 160°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Remove from heat and whip until stiff peaks are achieved and the mixture has cooled to room temperature, 4-6 minutes.
  • Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.

To assemble

  • Place meringue frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe frosting onto prepared and filled cupcakes.
  • Using a kitchen torch (or an oven if extremely careful), lightly brown the meringue.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes | The Gray Boxwood
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes | The Gray Boxwood
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes | The Gray Boxwood
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes | The Gray Boxwood

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