Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

These cupcakes turned out to be amongst the prettiest I have made when coupled with The Cupcake Wrapper Co.‘s stunning  Yellow Spot cupcake wrappers. They have some gorgeous designs available, the Pink Paris featuring the Eiffel Tower is one of my favorites. All the wrappers are made from card stock and are lightly laminated so you can use them over and over again! I also got to use my kitchen blow torch for the very first time which was extremely fun. Every kitchen should have one of these – I can now toast marshmallows whenever I like.

It’s been a busy festive season for me, starting early with the birth of my niece on the first of December, two more nieces birthdays followed shortly after. Then of course the mad rush of Christmas took hold and finally the New Years Celebrations. I have really enjoyed all the festive cooking and look forward to sharing all my recipes over the next few weeks. It really surprises me just how fast my ‘waiting to blog’ recipe lists grows. I have always enjoyed trying new recipes and cooking a wide variety of food (well, I should say ‘baking a wide variety of desserts’).

The idea of creating something with just a few simple ingredients still mesmerises me. Baking is quite diverse when you think about how limited the ingredients are. Almost everything starts from a base of butter, eggs, sugar and flour and yet the range of cakes, pastries and cookies created from this handful of ingredients is immense. I love the transformation the oven brings…. one minute a bowl of sloppy but delicious mess and within no time it’s a transformed to a edible delight with the most beautiful aroma. I can’t think of anything better then enjoying the scent of freshly baked anythings oozing out of my oven and filling my house and kitchen. Bread would have to be at the top of the most delicious oven scents along with Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These delightful cupcake wrappers were courtesy of The Cupcake Wrapper Co. to view their extensive range click here.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Makes 12

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup (60g) desiccated coconut
  • 1¾ cups (185g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk

For the lemon curd:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) lemon juice
  • 40g butter

For the meringue:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
Method
  1. For the lemon curd: Combine ingredients in a small saucepan; whisk constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate until cold.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line 12-hole  muffin pan with paper cases.
  3. Beat butter, rind, sugar and in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the coconut, then sifted flour and milk. Divide mixture among cases; smooth surface. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked. Cool cupcakes on wire racks. Increase oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).
  5. Cut a 2cm-deep hole in centre of each cake, fill with Lemon Curd; discard tops.
  6. For the meringue: Please egg whites in a large bowl and beat with an electric beater until soft peaks form. Add sugar 1 tbs at a time and continue beating until thick and glossy and sugar has dissolved. Spoon meringue into a piping bag fitted with a 0.5cm (1/4 inch) round tip. Pipe meringue on cakes; lightly brown with a kitchen blow torch or place on oven tray. Bake about 5 minutes or until is browned lightly.

30 comments to Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

  • Maureen

    Hi Susan, I have been waiting for you to make these, I have been watching your ‘Need to make asap’ list in anticipation. Don’t spose you have any left for a trial? – would be perfect accompaniment with a cup of coffee at the tennis finals this coming weekend.
    The next one I am watching for off your need to make list is Home made Iced VoVo’s :)
    Love Mx

  • I’m forwarding this to my sister in Michigan who ADORES lemon meringue pie. These made me smile and they are going to make her day!

    They are so cute and look delicious!

  • These look so good! And I love the wrappers!

  • I love, I love, I love lemon desserts, and meringue desserts, and lemon meringue pie and, I’m sure, given the opportunity, lemon meringue cupcakes. I’ll let you borrow my vitamix for a weekend if you bring me some of these… :D

  • These look to die for. My husband is a lemon meringue pie fanatic and it’s is birthday next week. Can’t wait to make them. Beautiful photos!

  • These are too precious. Love them!

  • I don’t like lemon cakes but my hubby does and I think he’ll be in heaven when I make them. Great job as usal Susan :)

  • These are beautiful! Good job! And scrumptious too, I’ll bet. I love anything with lemon.

  • Hello Susan, Your lemon cupcakes are adorable, I absolutely love the meringue on top and you decorated so nice…I’ll have to try this one. Happy New Year to you and yours! And very nice meeting you ;-)

  • I love your little cupcakes here, I want a torch too. Congrats on the addition to the family and Happy New Year!

  • these look so gorgeous:) your pictures are really pretty. thanks for sharing this.

  • These cupcakes are so pretty!! I love those cheerful wrappers, too. Beautiful!

    Oh, and yay for kitchen torches!! :D

  • A great idea! Mmmhhh, I love citrusy treats and those cupcakes look mighty delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Susan,
    cupcakes looks awesome, i love citrus in my dessert. This is my kind of cake.

  • Vonnie

    Susan, they look great! We already have a blow torch they are fun :) I can imagine the flavour and texture of these to be amazing.
    Vonnie

  • Very cute! I will have to get the pink paris wrappers for my middlec. All her Christmas presents were French related.

  • These cupcakes are adorable! The cardstock liners…do you bake the cupcakes in them too, or just put them on after they come out of the oven?

    And I agree-every kitchen SHOULD have a blow torch :)

  • Susan

    The cupcakes are baked with ordinary lines then you place them in the cardboard liners afterwards. They really do make the cupcakes look lovely and are perfect for a special occasion, birthday party or to just impress your guests!

  • OMG those cupcakes are so lovely!!! I am bookmarking this immediately!

  • I love these – and the wrappers.

  • What a talented baker you are! These sound fantastic. Love the “Must Make” list on the sidebar. Fun!

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  • These look like little cakes of pure sunshine. Love that golden mallow-y top, too. Congrats on your new niece. She has so many good eats to look forward to when she’s old enough with you for an aunt. ;)

  • Aww they’re just gorgeous and so vibrant! I love the meringue spikes too :D

  • So cute, love the presentation Susan, just beautiful. You’ve done so well with the meringue too :)

  • So pretty! Yum I love lemony desserts :-)

  • Oh wow!!!! These would be perfect for my husband’s birthday!!! Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Mmmm these look delicious. I love lemon meringue. I love the adorable cupcake wrappers too. I think I will need to get some….not that I need any more cupcake wrappers to add to my already extensive collection :D

  • You have so many girls’ birthdays in December…how much fun! I can’t wait to see all the creations you’ve made over the past few weeks. The cupcakes you shared today are just beautiful. I don’t think I’ve seen anything prettier all week. The wrappers are adorable too! Thank you for sharing this with me. I hope your weekend bursts forth in hope and joy!

  • Hi Maureen, I came across this post yatserdey morning and attempted to replicate your stunning lemon meringue tart for my boyfriend’s birthday (they’re his favourite!). Reading your story and following your baking instructions was such a joy – while this recipe does require quite a bit of attention and waiting time, I had a great time spending the day making it perhaps because the end result was so rewarding! It was my first time making a lemon meringue tart, and it turned out beautifully. I substituted all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend, so my crust was more delicate and slightly more crumbly when first out of the oven, but was perfect once I had allowed it all to chill and set. Thank you!! x

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