Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Moist lemon cupcakes with sweet lemon curd filling and meringue frosting. A fun dessert for Spring celebrations!

Moist lemon cupcakes with sweet lemon curd filling and meringue frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

It’s the second week of April and we got snow. Not just flurries, like what happened not too long ago. Nope, this time it stuck. Not much, but enough that it covered everything in sight. We were finally seeing the yard! I’m not worried, just sick of Winter. The snow will be gone by the weekend when we’re supposedly getting warmer temps for a short stretch.

I love New England. I truly do. I honestly can’t picture living anywhere else. Okay, except for a tropical island but that’s only realistic in an alternate universe. BUT… I’m tired of Winter. Plain. Tired of it.

I promise I won’t complain about Summer heat once this year if we could just get warmer temps to finally stick around. Someone make that happen. Pretty please?

Moist lemon cupcakes with sweet lemon curd filling and meringue frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Something we can hopefully all agree on… cupcakes!

I can go seemingly forever without making another cupcake recipe and now there have been two within one month. That means one of two things… either more cupcake recipes will be pouring out of me in the not so distant future OR you won’t see more for some time to come.

I’m certainly okay with more cupcakes…

Everyone loves cupcakes. Right? Say yes.

Moist lemon cupcakes with sweet lemon curd filling and meringue frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

These cupcakes scream Spring! It took a few tries to get these exactly how I wanted them to. And now they’re perfect, which means you absolutely positively must make these lemon meringue cupcakes asap!

Moist and flavorful homemade lemon cupcakes with a sweet homemade lemon curd filling and for the finishing touch… a torched meringue frosting!

The perfect dessert for Spring! Add these fun and flavorful lemon meringue cupcakes to your Spring baking plans!

Moist lemon cupcakes with sweet lemon curd filling and meringue frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Moist lemon cupcakes with sweet lemon curd filling and meringue frosting. A fun dessert for Spring celebrations!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake, Lemon
Servings: 8 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcake:

  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp sour cream

Filling:

  • 1 batch lemon curd

Frosting:

  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with 8 liners. 
  • In a small bowl, combine salt, baking powder and flour. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Scrape bowl as needed. Alternate spoonfuls of flour and sour cream, continuing to mix until batter is smooth and no streaks remain. 
  • Divide batter between prepared baking cups, using a large cookie scoop or filling roughly 2/3 full. 
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through and only a few moist crumbs cling to a toothpick. Cool on a wire rack. 
  • Using a sharp knife or cupcake corer, remove the center of each cupcake, being sure to leave the bottom of the cupcake intact. Fill with lemon curd, using a spoon or pastry bag. Chill until ready to frost. 
  • In a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, whisk together egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar, until egg whites are warm to the touch and sugar is dissolved. Mixture should be frothy. Remove from heat. Beat, using a hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, until glossy and stiff peaks form. Add vanilla in during last 30 seconds. Transfer to a large piping bag fit with desired piping tip. Pipe on chilled cupcakes. Lightly char frosting using a kitchen torch.

Notes

*Lemon curd can be made ahead and chilled until ready to use.
**If available, a metal bowl is recommended for preparing frosting.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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