Lemon Drop Cupcakes

lemon drop

LEMON! YUM! YUM!

These little jewels turned out amazing.I love lemon I add lemon to everything the crisp/tart freshness can cut even the most undrinkable of drinks! I love a little squeeze on mixed greens and it gives a little punch to blan veggies. Gives great taste with no calories or fat!! Ok, I know… What about the cupcakes?
I used my favorite vanilla cake recipe and added a little fresh lemon juice. After they cooled I took the center out with my new cupcake corer that worked like a champ!

corer

And filled it with apx 1 T of my favorite short-cut ever!! Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd. This stuff is so good that I can not think of any reason why I would go to the trouble of making it again!!

lemon curd

Then the frosting on TOP!!
1 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
2 T lemon curd
zest of 1 lemon
1 t vanilla
4 cups powered sugar (give or take)
Mix cream cheese and butter until super light and fluffy, add vanilla, lemon curd and zest; mix well. Add powered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you get that perfect consistency. You may need to add a splash of milk or lemon juice if you want more zing.
I topped these with  Lemon Head candies.
Aren’t they just adorable?
xoxo, Mama Bird

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