Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Welcome to this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop. As I am sure you all know this month’s theme is lemons. We’re looking for your best lemon dessert, and while the blog hop kicks off today, you have until April 23 to submit your entry if you’re running a little behind.

As soon as we settled on this months theme I began thinking of ideas, but the one idea I kept coming back to was Lemon Meringue Pie.  Lemon Meringue Pie would have to be one of my all time favourite desserts, and surprisingly I haven’t made one for the blog yet.   While I thought about making a pie, I eventually settled on Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.

These Lemon Meringue Cupcakes melt in your mouth and are an absolute explosion of lemony goodness – crumbly soft cake, tangy lemon curd filling and all topped off with a fluffy marshmallow meringue topping. It’s a party in your mouth and as a result I have to say, these cupcakes didn’t last long in our house.

Speaking of parties, on Friday it was my Grandmothers 75th birthday. Unfortunately living a two and a half hour plane ride away meant we couldn’t be together on the day, but I want to dedicate these delicious cupcakes to her and tell you a little about the amazing woman that is my Grandmother.

In the town I grew up in, and where my Grandparents and parents still live, everyone knows my my Grandmother as Nan. When I was little I loved spending time at my Grandparents. My Grandfather would take me on walks down to the river and Nan and I would frequently go to the shops. Everyone knew Nan, so inevitably a our trips to the shops would be a social event, and a quick trip could turn into hours due to everyone stopping to talk to Nan. I remember thinking back then how wonderful it was that everyone loved my Nan as much as I did.

Two years ago Nan was diagnosed with breast cancer, and while there is never a good time to be told you have breast cancer, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for her and my Grandfather because my Grandfather was going through some rather mysterious health problems of his own. Over a period of a couple of years he’d been growing confused, with sudden bouts of confusion so bad that he didn’t even recognise Nan and insisting he be taken to his wife although she was standing right beside him. Along with this, my once amazingly fit Grandfather had lost the ability to walk without a walking stick, and then eventually a walking frame. Conversations on the phone with him were difficult because sometimes he knew who you were and sometimes he didn’t. Parkinsons was diagnosed and then dismissed, along with a number of other diseases. But my Nan took it all in her stride and worked hard to look after my Grandfather. His health went even further downhill when he suffered an extremely bad case of shingles, which lead to him being hospitalised, and the shingles only lead to his confusion and motor skills getting worse and worse. Only my Nan’s presence seemed to calm him.

It was at this time my Nan discovered a lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer. After some rather agressive surgery she started chemotherapy and then radiation treatment, and immediately after each treatment she went straight to see my Grandfather in hospital and would spend the rest of the day with him making sure he was ok. Undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy is enough to knock most people around, even people half my Nan’s age, but she soldiered on and focused all of her thoughts, energy and attention on my Grandfather and putting his needs first.

It was hard on both of them, with my Grandfather stuck in hospital for a couple of months and my Nan going through cancer treatments, and it was made all the more difficult because sometimes my Grandfather was so confused he forgot Nan was sick and wondered why she wasn’t there with him when she was having her cancer treatments. They were also both heartbroken they couldn’t be at home together and I remember one particular conversation I had on the phone with my Nan where she told me about sitting in the sun outside the hospital with my Grandfather and holding his hand. I remember thinking at the time how wonderful to still be so in love after 60 years together, and how I hope my fiance and I will be the same.

While this process was hard on both my Nan and Grandfather, a lot of  help was forthcoming.  Both from my parents, my aunts and uncles, as well as meals and casseroles magically appearing at the door from people in the town who had heard Nan was sick.

During all of this my Grandfather was lucky to be seen by a specialist who was conducting a medical trial on patients suffering symptoms similar to what he was suffering. The premise of the trial was that patients weren’t suffering a disease such as Parkinsons or Dementia, but the cause was fluid on the brain, causing the confusion and the loss of motor control. After several tests the specialists diagnosis was confirmed, and my Grandfather had an operation to relieve the fluid, and over the course of the last 2 years has somewhat returned to his old self, with only the occasional bouts of confusion but with no further need for a walking frame.

However now it’s my Nan that needs the walking frame. All the chemotherapy and radiation has left it’s toll on her body, wreaking havoc with her arthritis. This is in addition to several infections that have plagued her since her initial breast cancer surgery.  The most recent of which landed her in hospital in the week leading up to her birthday. She knew that her doctor had wanted her to go to hospital to undergo treatment for the recurrent infections for sometime but didn’t want to leave my Grandfather alone, however eventually the decision was made for her when an ambulance had to be called last week.  Stubbornness is a family trait we both share.

Thankfully Nan was released from hospital the day before her birthday, and got to spend her birthday at home and is recovering well from her infection.  I’ve always thought my Nan was pretty special, but the strength, courage and determination that she’s continued to show through everything has never ceased to amaze me.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
 
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Lemon curd recipe from Taste.com.au Makes 12 cupcakes.
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 230g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g soft unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 150ml Greek yoghurt
  • LEMON CURD
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 40g butter
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • MERINGUE TOPPING
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Yellow gel food colouring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Remove the butter and eggs from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature before making the cupcakes.
  2. Place all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until you have a smooth, thick batter. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked and remove from the tray and place on a wire wrack to cool.
  3. To make the lemon curd place the egg, egg yolk and sugar in a saucepan and whisk until smooth. Add the butter, juice and zest and place over a medium low heat. Whisk until thickened, this will take between 5 to 10 minutes. The mixture will be ready when you can see a slight trail from the whisk in the mixture. It will thicken further when refrigerated. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Cut a circle in the top of each cupcake and scoop out some of the cupcake from the center and fill with lemon curd. Trim the circle you removed earlier and then replace on the cupcake. Repeat with each cupcake.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius.
  6. To make the meringue topping, place a saucepan of water over a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Place the bowl of a mixer over the heat and add the eggs, lemon juice and sugar and whisk by hand until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and attach to a stand mixer and whisk at a medium speed for 10 minutes, or until thick and glossy and stiff peaks form.
  7. Prepare a piping bag and paint stripes of food colouring along the piping bag (you can use a small paint brush or cotton tip for this) and fill with the meringue mixture. Pipe the mixture on top of the cupcakes and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until firm and lightly golden. Alternatively use a hand held torch.

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Love lemons? Have a great lemon recipe you’d like to share? Why not join in the fun and share it with us as part of this blog hop?

The SABH is brought to you by DelicieuxThe Hungry AustralianDining With a StudThe Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, and 84th & 3rd. This blog hop is open to all food bloggers. Please only link-up new posts published on or after this link went live – April 15 2012 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Please read the instructions below, as they provide important information on how to submit your link to the blog hop and how to add the blog hop code to your post. If you aren’t sure of something leave a comment or send me an email and I will help where I can.

  1. Click here for the Link Code – Grab the code and add it to the bottom of your Lemon post. Note you will need to do this in HTML view.
    - Adding the code will create the thumbnail link list on your post so people can view all the submissions in the blog hop and hop from one entry to the next!
    - NOTE – if you are on wordpress.com [not self hosted] the list will not show on your blog, please create a text link back to this post so others can hop through the entries!
  2. Grab the SABH Lemons badge and add it to your post. Click on the badge above these instructions and then right click on the image and select “save as” to download. You will then need to upload it to your own blog.
    - NOTE – Link the badge or a line of text on your submission to the this page so that others can view the instructions on how to join.
  3. Click here to Enter the Hop – This is the really important bit! The badge and thumbnail list are on your post, make sure to enter the hop so you appear in the list.
    * On the entry screen, please add the link to your Lemon recipe Post [not your homepage].
    * When asked for ‘your name’ please enter your blog name, not your name.
    * Your entry will be submitted when you click ‘crop’ on your photo.

PLEASE NOTE – your linked post WILL NOT appear straight away in the blog hop thumbnail list. To combat spam this is a moderated hop. Your post will be visible in the list after approved. Entries are approved in the order they are submitted.

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95 Comments

  1. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy April 16, 2012  9:13 am Reply

    Your pictures look dreamy Jennifer. So gorgeous! You make these amazing little creations sounds so easy to make! I am sure that mine wouldn't come out looking like that :) Your Nan sounds like a beautiful lady. I hope that her health improves soon.

    • delicieux April 16, 2012  4:20 pm Reply

      Thanks Krystie :D And yes, my Nan is a wonderful woman :)

  2. Anna@ The Littlest Anchovy April 16, 2012  9:43 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. What a wonderful family and community your Grandparent have. Your Nan is a very strong and wonderful woman and I am sure she would be thrilled to have you bake her these amazing cupcakes :)



  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 16, 2012  9:59 am Reply

    What a beautiful story about your grandparents! They sound like an amazing couple. My grandparents have also been married more than 60 years and it is truly wonderful to see them still devoted to one another.

    As for the cupcakes, they look gorgeous! I especially love the lemon curd filling.

    • delicieux April 16, 2012  10:55 am Reply

      Thanks Laura :D They are a pretty amazing couple. And thanks for joining us in this months Lemon Blog Hop :D

    • delicieux April 16, 2012  10:24 am Reply

      Hi Tania,

      Your submission is fine, with regards to the link code at the bottom of your post it looks like the code hasn't been pasted properly. Are you able to copy it again and paste it in html mode?

  4. Kim Bee April 16, 2012  10:55 am Reply

    I saw these on pinterest earlier. They are the prettiest cupcakes I've ever seen.

  5. Sneh | Cook Republic April 16, 2012  11:15 am Reply

    Some people are so amazing aren't they? Your grandmum sounds like an incredible person and I hope they are both doing well and things get better for them. The cupcakes are gorgeous!

  6. Claire @ Claire K Creations April 16, 2012  12:03 pm Reply

    Wow Jennifer your grandmother sounds like a very special lady. How lucky you are to come from such a wonderful family.

    I hope she had a wonderful Birthday and that her health improves. These cupcakes are so bright and cheerful it sounds like they're pretty representative of her!

  7. Carolanne April 16, 2012  12:05 pm Reply

    Wow! The meringue looks like silk, it's amazing! I love lemon curd, I must try these.

  8. Patty April 16, 2012  1:03 pm Reply

    I can't think of a better treat than one of your lemon meringue cupcakes! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful touching story and all my best wishes for continued recovery to your Nan;-)

  9. Nisha April 16, 2012  1:22 pm Reply

    Hi Jennifer, first time on your site.
    Glad to discover another vegetarian blog.
    And adore your photography!

    Hope your grandma is doing better now. Nice to read about them.
    I saw my grandma pass away 2 years back, and I still regret I did not spend enough quality time with her.
    It's then I learned to value family while still alive.

    • delicieux April 16, 2012  4:47 pm Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Nisha :D

  10. Choc Chip Uru April 16, 2012  1:57 pm Reply

    My friend both your grandparents have shown inspiring strength throughout such a difficult time - you and your family too have supported them considerably. You all are wonderful people and I am so happy that everything turned out ok :)
    I think these happy sunny cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate to a new and better day ahead :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Sandra's Easy Cooking April 16, 2012  2:36 pm Reply

    Your post made me cry...it is such a sad story about your Grandparents, and I am really sorry that they have to go through all that. Hopefully there is still a hope!
    Your cupcakes look like from the magazine cover..really beautiful! Thank you for sharing!



    • delicieux April 16, 2012  5:10 pm Reply

      Sorry Sandra, didn't mean to make you cry. My Nan is home and recovering at home. Hopefully she'll beat this infection soon. :)

  12. Rosa April 16, 2012  3:52 pm Reply

    I'm so sorry to hear about your grandparents. Wishing them both all the best. May your Nan recover soon.

    Those cupcakes are wonderful! Divine looking.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • delicieux April 16, 2012  4:02 pm Reply

      Thanks Rosa :D

      By the way, I do hope you can join us for this blog hop event. You can submit entries up until April 23 if you'd like to join in the lemon love :D

  13. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa) April 16, 2012  4:37 pm Reply

    This is a gorgeous looking recipe and a very very beautiful story. Thanks for sharing both with us!

  14. cc11 April 16, 2012  4:51 pm Reply

    What a supportive couple - may they olny grow stronger together

  15. Nic April 16, 2012  5:59 pm Reply

    Wow! They look amazing, I don't usually care for cupcakes as I often think the cake is quite dry, but with a dollop of lemon curd in the centre I'm sure they would be moist and delicious all at the same time. I think I'll have to add this to my list of must try recipes! And thank you for sharing such a personal story, it was lovely to read.

    • delicieux April 17, 2012  7:35 am Reply

      You're right Nic, with the lemon curd it does make the cupcakes lovely and moist. They almost melt in your mouth. I'm so pleased with how they turned out. :)

  16. Monica (@gastromony) April 16, 2012  6:44 pm Reply

    So pretty! Just looks so lemony without even tasting them. I bet they are super lemony :D

  17. Mishaps and mayhem of a gluten free life April 16, 2012  8:06 pm Reply

    What a lovely recipe! The story is lovely you are so blessed to have your grandmother, cherish all your moments with her. I'm not fortunate enough have my grandmothers here but I cherish my memories especially the baking ones! I can't wait to cook my #SABH entry great theme! I tasted cupcakes similar on the weekend, it is an explosion of tastesbuds, so delightful! Well done xx

    • delicieux April 17, 2012  7:34 am Reply

      I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with :D

  18. Christina @ The Hungry Australian April 16, 2012  8:46 pm Reply

    Lovely recipe, Jennifer, and an amazing tale of your grandparents' life. I wish them all the best as they continue on their journey.

    • delicieux April 17, 2012  7:31 am Reply

      Thanks Adrian :D I think she's pretty amazing.

  19. thelittleloaf April 16, 2012  10:29 pm Reply

    Your grandmother sounds absolutely incredible - what a lovely post to dedicate to her. I think you'll have to ship her some of these cupcakes too - they look too good not to share!

  20. JJ @ 84thand3rd April 16, 2012  10:30 pm Reply

    What a shame you couldn't be there to celebrate with your Nan but I'm glad she was able to be home for her birthday. I too bake from afar for people I care about. Love a filled cupcake and the meringue is gorgeous as usual!

  21. Kaitlin April 16, 2012  11:43 pm Reply

    These cupcakes are a perfect way to highlight lemons. They remind me of spring! I'm glad to hear your Nan is doing better!

  22. Suzanne April 17, 2012  1:00 am Reply

    Beautiful and delicious looking cupcakes. I too love lemon meringue pie and haven't made it for my blog either. My grandma always made it for me every time I came to visit, it was such a treat. I understand some of what your grandparents are going thru as I was my parents health decline and my mom struggle with many similar things your grandfather went thru. My thoughts are with you and hope your grandparents find some peace and love in dealing with their health issues.

    • delicieux April 17, 2012  7:15 am Reply

      Thank you Suzanne. Sorry to hear about your parents health decline. I hope they are ok.

  23. Deb April 17, 2012  1:39 am Reply

    The cupcakes are amazing! Love the luscious meringue with lemon yellow swirls, just stellar! Another wonderful dessert recipe.

  24. Priscilla @ShesCookin April 17, 2012  2:28 am Reply

    Such beautiful cupcakes - so perfect, they don't look real! Love the lemon oozing out of the center!

  25. Nash at Plateful April 17, 2012  5:07 am Reply

    What a deliciously flavored event, I adore lemon! I'm drooling from this side of the screen at these gorgeous cupcakes. I love, love, love the frosting!

    • Lizzy (Good Things) April 19, 2012  6:09 am Reply

      And I wish your grandparents years of good health! 75 seems so young to me... you are truly fortunate to have them in your life, Jennifer.



  26. Dawn Taylor April 17, 2012  8:25 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing the lovely story of your grandparents. Have you told us when you are getting married, and I've missed it, or is it private? Married life is wonderful, we are about to have our 36th. anniversary.

    • delicieux April 17, 2012  8:50 am Reply

      Hi Dawn,

      No, we haven't gotten married yet, a few things have meant we had to put our plans back, but we are thinking May next year. We both can't wait :D

      By the way, did you get my response to your email?

  27. Ambika April 17, 2012  8:56 am Reply

    Happy Birthday to your grandma!! She sounds like an amazing lady, I hope she feels better soon :) These cupcakes look perfect and I love that frosting. Beautiful pics!!

  28. Ambika April 17, 2012  8:58 am Reply

    Can I submit an entry with Key Limes?

    • delicieux April 17, 2012  9:13 am Reply

      Hi Ambika,

      Sorry, the blog hop is based on lemon as the key ingredient.

  29. Carolyn April 17, 2012  10:28 am Reply

    Those are truly beautiful cupcakes. Thanks for sharing the story too.

  30. Martyna@WholesomeCook April 17, 2012  11:13 am Reply

    I love that you've included a little lemon curd centre within the cupcakes. I hope I can get back from overseas and prepare something lemony for the hop before the deadline...

  31. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 17, 2012  5:04 pm Reply

    Jennifer, your beautiful words match the beautiful photos. I love that you dedicated this to your grandmother :)

  32. Mhikkai April 17, 2012  10:25 pm Reply

    I love meringue in a cupcake and I think this photo makes me so crave for it.. Gosh I want to try this soon..

  33. Magic of Spice April 18, 2012  5:01 am Reply

    These are simply gorgeous! And since I am a horrid baker...can I come be your assistant, maybe just for a week :) Beautiful!



    • delicieux April 19, 2012  1:46 pm Reply

      Sure you can be my assistant :D

  34. Jean | Lemons and Anchovies April 18, 2012  7:01 am Reply

    Your post brought a lump to my throat--your grandparents' strength, resilience and love for each other is to be admired--I do. Thanks for sharing with us. I really do wish them well.

    These cupcakes are gorgeous beyond words. You've got me tempted to join the bloghop especially since you're featuring one of my favorite flavors! :)

    • delicieux April 18, 2012  8:07 am Reply

      Hi Jean,

      Thank you for your kind words. And I would absolutely love it if you could join the blog hop, especially since the theme almost seems hand picked for you :D We are open for submissions up until April 23.

  35. Georgie April 18, 2012  11:11 am Reply

    I'm mesmerized by the color of these cupcakes! Wowsers!



  36. Baker Street April 18, 2012  1:45 pm Reply

    Oh these are just stunning Jen! I'll be sure to bake something this week and share it on your blog hop. :)

    • delicieux April 18, 2012  4:54 pm Reply

      Yay! I'm looking forward to your joining our blog hop :D

  37. kankana April 18, 2012  3:13 pm Reply

    This is like sunshine on a plate :) I love lemon in almost everything and I am not kiddin at all. Huge fan of citrus :)

    I wanted to join the party and I really hope I have something more lemony to share with you by the last date.

    • delicieux April 18, 2012  4:46 pm Reply

      I do hope you can join us Kankana :D

  38. Erin @ she cooks, she gardens April 18, 2012  6:35 pm Reply

    Hey Jennifer, I love your pretty little cakes and the burst of lemon filling you get when you bite into them.

    I'm sorry to hear about your Nan, it can be so hard to see someone you love so much go through tough times. My nana was a stubborn old lady too, she sucked every last drop out of life that she could. I hope she is on the mend soon and that you get to spend some time with her. Take care of yourself.

    xx.Erin

    • delicieux April 19, 2012  1:40 pm Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Erin :D

  39. Moya April 18, 2012  7:44 pm Reply

    What wonderful and strong Grandparents you are blessed with and I wish them both well. I adore lemon curd and of course combine that with a cupcake and meringue... delicious! I also like that you used Greek yoghurt in the cupcake batter which I am sure made them moist and tender. :)

  40. Chanel April 20, 2012  1:46 pm Reply

    I clicked on this blog link then went away while it loaded... When I came back to these images my jaw literally dropped. These look AMAZING! Love the look of the yellow food colouring too, it completely pops off the screen - though I wish it would pop into my mouth ;)

  41. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 22, 2012  2:07 am Reply

    Praying for the well-being of your wonderful Nan :)

    And you make one of the most drool-worthy meringue cupcakes I've ever seen!!!

  42. Mel B (Honey You Baked) April 22, 2012  3:24 pm Reply

    Thanks for having us for the blog hop again - I must say I was totally excited about this month's theme!
    What a gorgeous tribute your wrote about your Nan. My Nan (on my Mum's side) passed away two years ago, and she was such a strong and loving person, she is still dearly missed, but I often think of her when I cook. Every year on her birthday I bake her scone recipe - she always had a batch waiting when I came to visit. Nans are awesome people :)

    • delicieux April 23, 2012  1:54 pm Reply

      Thanks Mel B :D And yes, Nans are awesome and very special.

  43. shruti April 22, 2012  11:19 pm Reply

    love the double shade for the topping....looks beautiful

  44. Erica April 26, 2012  10:15 am Reply

    I do love these gorgeous cupcakes! Fabulous photography yet again :) Thanks heaps for hosing, we had a lot of fun. Can't wait for the next one!

  45. Amy April 30, 2012  2:38 am Reply

    Oh my gosh that look soooooooooooooo good!!!! Will definitely try this out! Rating you 5 stars, hun!



 

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