These cupcakes were so fun to make and were a hit with everyone who ate one. Wish I would have doubled the recipe. It made exactly twelve cupcakes and the frosting was the perfect amount. Dorie’s recipe was for Limoncello Cupcakes and since that is an alcohol, I made them just using fresh lemon juice in place of the limoncello. An option was to put lemon (or orange) marmalade in the middle of the cupcakes, but I decided not to do that. The cupcakes out of the oven are brushed with a lemon syrup. To make sure the lemon flavor was kicked up enough, I poked holes over the tops of each cupcakes with a toothpick while they were still hot so the syrup seeped into the cupcakes more.
The frosting was simple and delicious. Again, I replaced the limoncello with lemon juice and also used a little milk to get the consistency I wanted.
The cupcake batter has a bit of cardamom added, which was a great little addition. Dorie also suggested in place of that some black pepper. Both just make you ask, “Hmm, what is in there?” I received quite the compliments on these cupcakes and even though I didn’t taste them and they didn’t have chocolate (ha), I will use this recipe when I need lemon cupcakes again.
Want the recipe? Get Dorie’s book, Baking Chez Moi. I’m loving being a part of Tuesdays With Dorie again. Good times. Great recipes and yummy treats to share. Check out the Tuesdays With Dorie link to see everyone else’s cupcakes this week.