These are the perfect summer treat: light, lemony, and delicious. As much as I love frosting, sometimes it’s too much. So this time, I stepped slowly away from the cream cheese and butter and sugary deliciousness in favor of a more summer-friendly recipe suggested by my mom. After a few hiccups in the process, we figured it out and it’s ready to share!
white cake mix (Duncan Hines/Betty Crocker are good, or make your own)
lemon custard (we made ours with lemon pudding, but the canned stuff works best)
First, bake your cupcakes, and let them cool
In the meantime, make lemon pudding or remove lemon custard from can and stir around so it’s not all can-y. Then, when the cupcakes have cooled, use a serraded knife to cut a small cone shape out of each cupcake. The circles should be the center of each cupcake, not too wide or deep, but also not too shallow. It takes a little practice, but you’ll get it.
Setting the cone aside momentarily, fill each hole with the lemon pudding or custard. The hole should be full, but not to the brim – you don’t want it to overflow too much. Fill almost to the top and you should be good.
Next, place the cone on top, using the pudding to hold it in like a little hat. Tilt it a little sideways. Then, put a bunch of confectioner’s sugar in the flour sifter and start making it snow over all the cupcakes – they will look like little snow-covered lemon drops! Use as much confectioner’s sugar as desired.
True story: my sister accidentally took pictures of these (they were in the background of other photos), and when she posted them on Facebook, someone commented “Those cupcakes are from White’s Bakery!” (a very renowned bakery in our town and the surrounding area). Psyyych – my sister had to politely correct her friend and say that her cool older sister made them 🙂
Easy, right? And so delicious. They don’t last as long as regular cupcakes because of the pudding or custard, but they would be great for a party or afternoon gathering in the summer – and, like red velvet and cream cheese cupcakes seem to go magically with a cup of coffee, I can picture these babies tasting delectable with a hot cup of tea!