Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream and a variety of Cupcake Toppers
I love it when my family and friends invite me to their house for baking (as I did recently on a trip to a States)... and I also love it when I invite friends over to the house for some baking or decorating fun. Side note: not everyone says 'yes.' #bummerwhentheanswerisno
But today was awesome! Our good friend Sharon and her mother, who was in town for a short holiday, came over to the house for lemon cupcake decorating. I baked the cupcakes the night before and prepared the lemon buttercream the following morning. Sharon's mother is a quite an accomplished baker, but finds the task of baking less interesting when compared to decorating. That's cool. I'll take that.
It is the case, that I offer my friends or "students" a blank slate when it comes to flavoring, coloring, and decorating techniques. Today, they opted to tackle the classic swirl with a combination of flavors and colors.
The first dozen cupcakes were cored and refilled with a bit of pink lemon buttercream, raspberry jelly, and a fresh raspberry. Each was topped with a pink lemon buttercream swirl and a fresh berry. We were on a roll now!
It was decided the second dozen cupcakes should have yellow lemon buttercream (a simple matter of coloring gel; the flavor was consistent with the pink lemon buttercream) - and were filled with buttercream and raspberry jelly only. The lemon swirl was topped with a fresh raspberry and a small slice of a citrus jellied candy wedge (I found these in Venice).
Finally, with the remaining frosting bits, we filled a special piping bag that can accommodate two colors of buttercream - and the combination swirl was produced. This isn't a technique I use very often, so I was glad these amazing women asked about it. And the topper - one of my favorite go-to edible bites yumminess - the animal cracker. It's a perfect little crunch.
After all the oohing and aahing for their handiwork, a few were eaten and enjoyed. Followed by the requisite photo shoot of cupcakes, "Does this work?" "Is this the right color?" "What about more flowers?"
We packed a take-away box and off they went. It was a wonderful little workshop of decorating, but more importantly I loved visiting with them. Sharon has a natural eye for color and form and was able to use her whipped-cream-on-top-of-that skillset she uses when on shift at Starbucks.
None of this good fun would be possible if I wasn't sober. None of this good fun is even on the radar without the support of my life partner.
I love my choices.