Magnolia’s vanilla cupcakes + a lemony surprise: lemon curd cupcakes

as if I didn’t think my husband could possibly love me more, I went and did something silly like fill a cupcake with lemon curd. and by silly, I mean omghowfrigginamazing. he loves anything citrus, you see. recently I have been baking cupcakes like they’re going outta fashion, when in fact, they are so in vogue. kinda like Madonna with the pointy-cup bras, but a little more delicious.

I started with a classic vanilla cupcake – seeing as vanilla is my secret lover and one day I hope to immerse myself in a bath filled with it’s tiny little beans. I offered to bake 50 cupcakes for my cousins’ twins who turned 1 last week. so all last week, leading up to the party, I practiced and practiced and almost gave my family diabetes so I could perfect the recipe and technique and produce a most lip-smackingly, vanilla-rich cupcake, and I can proudly say I am well on my way! I used
Magnolia’s famous vanilla cupcake recipe
, and teamed it up with a pink and blue-tinted vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream from Pick Yin that was to die for (TDF). I ended up throwing in some white chocolate towards the last few batches just to spice things up, and I’m glad I did as it complemented the vanilla cupcakes beautifully.

Magnolia’s vanilla with tinted white chocolate buttercream

morecupcakes

my laziness paid off! failing to clean the piping bag between colours gave this two-tone effect

next flavour destination – lemon land. as I mentioned earlier, I discovered the sneaky notion of hiding lemon curd in cupcakes. how inventive! I simply used the basic vanilla cupcake I had been working with, and once baked, I cut out a tiny insert in the middle (making sure not to hit the bottom of the cupcake liner) just big enough for me to spoon some fresh curd into. I topped  it with a lemony-vanilla buttercream (I simply added lemon curd at the end until my heart desired), and called it a day. my apologies, but I forgot to take a photo of the cupcake cut in two – you’ll just have to take my word that there was indeed lemon curd inside!

mm gotta love that little zing you get from the freshly zested lemon

next stop – lime cupcakes with a graham cracker-crumbed frosting. stay tuned!

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