Lemon Bar Cupcakes!

Posted on 02/23/2008 by a_fresh
I posted this in picturing_food, but then I found this community so I had to post here, too! I love baking the best!

All day yesterday I was craving lemon bars and cupcakes, so today I tried my hand at making Lemon Bar Cupcakes. :D The bottom half is a shortbread base and lemon bar topping, and the top half is lemon-flavored cake. Topped with lemon cream cheese frosting, of course!

They turned out pretty well!

I used three recipes, and just kind of winged the frosting. The Shortbread Base and Lemon Bar Topping are from Epicurious.Com, and the Basic Cupcake recipe is a modified Magnolia Bakery one from this blog.

Shortbread Base

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Cut butter into 1/2-inch pieces. In a food processor process all ingredients until mixture begins to form small lumps. Sprinkle mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan and with a metal spatula press evenly onto bottom. Bake shortbread in middle of oven until golden, about 20 minutes. While shortbread is baking, prepare topping.

Lemon Bars (Topping)

4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Hot Shortbread Base
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until combined well and stir in lemon juice and flour. Pour lemon mixture over hot shortbread. Reduce oven temperature to 300F and bake confection in middle of oven until set, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into 24 bars. Bar cookies keep, covered and chilled, 3 days. Sift confectioners' sugar over bars before serving.

Basic Cupcakes

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
3. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
4. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat for 30 seconds between each.
5. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
6. Measure out milk and vanilla together in another bowl.
7. Add about a fourth of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and beat to combine.
8. Add about oen third of the milk/vanilla mixture and beat to combine.
9. Repeat above, alternating flour and milk mixtures, ending with the flour.
10. Scoop into cupcake papers about half to three-quarters full (depending on whether you want flat or domed cupcakes).
11. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.


Now obviously I made some changes. :) I pressed a heaping tablespoon of the Shortbread Base into paper liners in the cupcake pan (and next time I would use foil, haha, the paper stuck to the shortbread a bit) and baked them for 10 minutes. Then I poured about 1+ tablespoons (about 1/4") of the Lemon Topping on top and baked them for another 15 minutes. For the cake batter, I added about 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the mix. I spooned enough of that on top of the lemon "bars" so that the cups were 3/4 of the way full, and baked that for about 12-15 minutes, until the toothpick came out clean. The frosting was about half cream cheese, half butter, with a bit of lemon juice, yellow food coloring, and lots of powdered sugar. I don't like too much cheese taste.

And, also, I was able to make a small pan of regular lemon bars with the base and topping leftovers. The cupcakes don't use too much.

ninjalie 24th-Feb-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
holy effing yum!
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:40 am (UTC)
neverconcede 24th-Feb-2008 10:57 am (UTC)
My grandpa will LOVE these.
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:41 am (UTC)
We actually gave some to our neighbor's old dad!
biancagexyb 16th-Jul-2008 05:32 am (UTC)
We don't know our neighbors, we don't talk, we believe our pain is our own. We don't realize that the struggles and challenges of all of us are the same.
longpig 24th-Feb-2008 11:10 am (UTC)
You are a frickin' genius!!
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:41 am (UTC)
eipur 24th-Feb-2008 11:49 am (UTC)
i love lemons! yummy!!!
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Me, too!
redecember 24th-Feb-2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! They are so pretty and delicious-looking.
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!
10cents 24th-Feb-2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Wow. This... this is brilliance.
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:41 am (UTC)
And yummy. ;D
patronuscharms 24th-Feb-2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my god... How glorious!!!! My two favorite (and I mean favorite) desserts rolled into one.

You should be awarded every cooking prize known to man.
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Mine, too! Lemons bars + cupcakes = HEAVEN.
elanya :O24th-Feb-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I... I'm speechless. I will apply to have you canonized immediately by the church of your choice.
a_fresh Re: :O25th-Feb-2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Hee. :)
rochelle 24th-Feb-2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Woah, amazing! :D
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:43 am (UTC)
saline_queen 24th-Feb-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
so, my birthday is april 3rd....

LOL holy dear god, I had like 5 earth shaking orgasms when I saw how you made these! YUM!
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:45 am (UTC)
I think that's the best compliment my baking has ever gotten!
a_tad_robot 24th-Feb-2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
those look great! excellent work :)
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
anewcreation 25th-Feb-2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Beautiful and creative. :)
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:45 am (UTC)
a_fresh 25th-Feb-2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Just over 175, I believe!
kimifynu 16th-Jul-2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
I heated it at degrees Celsius F) while i was preparing the batter. . . Hmmm it's a bit of a mystery.
longpig 25th-Feb-2008 10:39 am (UTC)
How many cupcakes does this make, btw?
a_fresh 26th-Feb-2008 05:38 am (UTC)
That's a good question! I don't honestly know the answer. I made two dozen and used the rest of the lemon bar mixes to make a small batch of bars, and the rest of the cake batter to make regular cupcakes. But I would hazard a guess at an easy 4 dozen, at least. :)
bleauregard 26th-Feb-2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I think I just died. Delicious.
a_fresh 27th-Feb-2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Aw. :D
mindlessdork 1st-Mar-2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, yum.
sevenwaters 2nd-Mar-2008 08:24 am (UTC)
these look delicious! I cant wait to try them out.
rachelpage 23rd-Nov-2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
This looks incredible. I love lemon anything!
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