Wednesday, 5 March 2008

little lemon delights!


so recently i have seen a number of posts on some of my favourite cuppycake blogs for lemon cupcakes and i don't know what it is about lemon, but i just love it. it's so refreshing but delicate and a real tongue-tantaliser...zingy! so later tonight, i'm going for dinner at a friends place. we met them through the singaporeans in ireland meet-up group and they have invited us over to what i can only imagine will be a true malay food fiesta. on the menu is nasi lemak (a traditional malay dish which consists of coconut rice, chilli paste, peanuts, fried anchovies, cucumber and fried egg), ayam goreng (fried chicken) and sambal udang (chilli prawns) and gosh, even writing about it is making me salivate. i miss singapore food so much and especially malay cooking so both hubby and i are REALLY looking forward to making absolute beasts of ourselves! but let's hope not to the extent where we are not invited back though!

so, with all that serious food, i figured that light, delicate lemon cupcakes would be more than ample for a dessert and i made mini ones because, i'm thinking that people might not have much room left for anything else after the main course! i found these lovely yellow and white sugar swirls at Tesco and thought they would look super dainty on these little cuppies and they really did, so i went with yellow and white icing and i must admit they look so delicate in the box waiting to go later to be shamelessly devoured by all in attendance...but then again, isn't that what every little cupcake strives for in life...to be shamelessly devoured?

so these are mini lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese icing and there were a few left over that couldn't fit into the box (much to the joy of my brother!) and they tasted so good...the cake light and moist and the cream cheese icing was just perfect...not too lemony but enough to enhance the flavour and leave you wanting more! perfect!

recipes for the cupcake you can find here and for the lemon cream cheese frosting combine 4 oz cream cheese, 1 T butter, 2 c sifted icing sugar, 1/2 t lemon extract and 4 drops of lemon food colouring. voila!

11 comments:

CB said...

You know I am a fairycakes fan! but you really need to post recipes so I can make them myself! haha.
-Clara

Sharona May said...

I love lemon flavored desserts. They are usually light but good. The cupcakes look very good!

Sharona May

Nicolette (Nikki) Miller-Ka said...

Oh! Happy belated birthday! I hope it was insanely special! I love the new page design. And...lemon IS so very special. I put i on, in, and around everything I can when I cook!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi clara, the recipe was from 'the cupcakery' site...i wanted to try it after you featured it on the ATC weekly cupcake collection :) and the great part is that i have just received my first order as a result...so i am very pleased! but just so that others can find the link i've posted a link to it in the post. thanks for pointing that out! :)
thanks nikki for the birthday wishes :)
hi sharona may, thanks for stopping by :)

Lorraine E said...

They look delicious and perfectly delicate! They remind me of the iconic cupcake on the cover of Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess. Lovely! :)

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi lorraine, funny you should say that...since seeing the top photo i thought it would look very lovely on the front of a cupcake cookbook!

Lorraine E said...

I also really love the Tiffany blue in the background-very chic all round!

The Cupcakery said...

I am so happy you like my lemon cupcakes and were so successful with them! It is exactly what sunshine tastes like. Congratulations on getting yourself an order in the process. Good for you! Best!

Lorraine E said...

Hi airyfairy-have you seen the Master Baker's ingredient for this month? Its easter decorations! I know you'll do something gorgeous as usual. Can't wait to see it! :)

the AIRY FAIRY said...

thanks to 'the cupcakery' again for a lovely recipe! they really were like a little bite of sunshine!

lorraine...easter decorations...brilliant...sounds like fun!

Fairygodmother said...

great cupcake. got rave comments from my family