Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lemon cupcake with Lemon/Lime/Basil curd & Orange Zest Buttercream Frosting

Lemon cupcake with Lemon/Lime/Basil curd & Orange Zest Buttercream Frosting

After voting and looking at all the goodies in last months contest, i've decided to join IronCupcake: Earth. It's basically the Iron Chef of the cupcake world. Secret ingredients and original recipes. This month's secret ingredient is Basil.
I never really liked lemon flavored desserts, but i've always heard lemon & basil go well together, so I thought i'd give this challenge a try.

I saw a Raspberry cupcake with Meyer Lemon curd on Martha Stewart's show. I liked the idea of the curd, so I decided to use the same idea, but use different flavors to include basil.

I came up with this Lemon Cupcake with Lemon/Lime/Basil curd filling & Orange Zest Buttercream Frosting.

Cross section of Lemon/Lime/Basil curd filled cupcake.
Look at that yummy goodness inside.

Ingredients and recipe for the Lemon cupcake:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup milk

1/2 package Lemon pudding mix

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place cupcake liners into the cupcake tin.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. 
  • With an electric mixer, beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla.
  • Combine the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir ittogether. 
  • Add this dry mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix well. 
  • Stir in the milk until the batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Batter all mixed up and ready for the cupcake liners.

Cupcakes cooled and hollowed for the curd.

Ingredients for the Lemon/Lime/Basil curd:

3 eggs
4 egg yolks
Zest of 3 lemons
1 cup of lemon/lime juice (it was actually supposed to be a whole cup of lemon juice but I only had the 3 lemons and it wasn't even close to filling a cup, so I used 4 limes I had lying around to make a full cup) .
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) ~ chilled and cut up into small pieces
1 cup sugar


  • Prepare and ice-water bath. Set a medium bowl in ice-water bath and set aside.
  • Place sugar and lemon zest and basil leaves in a mortar and grind witha pestle to combine and release the oils. 
  • Transfer sugar mixture to a medium heatproof bowl along with eggs and egg yolks; whisk to combine.
  • Place over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk until sugar has dissolved. 
  • Add lemon/lime juice and basil leaves and continue whisking until mixture is thick and reaches 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. 
  • Add butter and whisk until well combined.
  • Strain lemon/lime/basil mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over prepared bowl. (I used a strainer and cheesecloth).
  • Cover curd mixture with plastic wrap, pressing plastic wrap directly onto surface. 
  • Transfer to refrigerator until completely chilled.

Lemon zest/Basil sugar mixture.
Cooking the curd in a double boiler.
In the ice bath, ready to be refrigerated.

Filled with the curd and ready for the tops to be put back on. Let's make the frosting!

I just used a basic buttercream frosting and added a tablespoon of orange zest.
Here is the recipe I used:

2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
Pinch of salt
2-1/2 c. of confectioners or powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp orange zest
2 tsp milk

In an electric mixer, mix the butter and confectioners sugar until fluffy. Add a pinch of salt. Scrape down the sides of the mixer. Add the vanilla and orange zest. Add milk one teaspoon at a time. Mix until well combined.
And here it is again, in all its yummy goodness.Lemon cupcake with Lemon/Lime/Basil curd & Orange Zest Buttercream Frosting

Alright, so please vote between September 28-October 1st. Voting starts and ends at noon. So don't forget! 

These are the wonderful prizes that the winner will receive:

So please vote on your favorite basil cupcake recipe (mine) here!


Ador said...

OH I hope i dont forget to vote! You know i am not a big fan of cupcakes but these ones make me want to try 'em! They look yummy!

Yummy in my tummy said...

Wish you lived closer so you could try them.

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