Sweet Surprise -Lemon Meringue Cupcake
Sweet Surprise -Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Sweet Surprise -Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Do you like surprises?

Cupcakes Lemon Meringue

Cupcakes Lemon Meringue

I love a serendipity moment every so often. I think it makes life that little bit more exciting.  This month dessert lovers are in for a sweet surprise. The theme for the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop is taking dessert anticipation one step further with a challenge to create a dessert with a surprise in the middle!

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We were told it could be anything from an unexpected cupcake filling, to a shape baked into the middle of a cake or an innocent looking pudding with a molten centre, this month’s adventure will be a sweet surprise!

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

I had been planning to make lemon curd for so long!

Eat me Cupcakes Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Eat me Cupcakes Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Each week I am given lemons from various lovely people and my store of lemons was growing well beyond that which can be consumed with normal lemon usage.

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

When the SABH announce the “Sweet Surprise” them I knew exactly what I wanted to make, lemon meringue cupcakes. This is a deliciously light cupcake, with a surprise lemon curd filling, hidden under a sweet meringue cloud.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

How I wanted to take a huge bite of these light as air beauties whilst photographing!

I even had the opportunity to test out the new blow torch my mum bought me for my birthday on the meringue.

Sweet Surprise
Recipe Type: cake, cupcake, sweet
Author: Julie
Serves: 12
A delicious twist on a classic dessert. Lemon meringue cupcakes are everything you love about the tart and more!
  • Cupcakes
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • grated rind 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • Lemon Curd
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 4 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • Meringue
  • 2 egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1 /4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Lemon Curd
  2. Prepare a double boiler saucepan with about ¼ filled with water.
  3. Bring the water to the boil, then lower the heat to a gentler boil.
  4. Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice together in a smaller saucepan until combined.
  5. Place the saucepan over the boiling pan so that it just hovers above the water.
  6. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens.
  7. Add butter and continue stirring and cooking until the butter is completely melted and becomes one with the mixture.
  8. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg.
  2. Cream the butter with sugar until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Add lemon rind and juice and mix well.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until combined.
  5. Sift flour and baking powder together and add to the mix, alternately with the milk.
  6. Spoon into 12 lined muffin tins, filling almost to the top.
  7. Bake in oven for 25 minutes until cakes are lightly browned and cooked.
  8. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.
  9. When cool, scoop a small piece of cake from out of the top and place a spoonful of lemon curd.
  10. Top with meringue and brown with a blowtorch, if desired.
To make meringue:
  1. Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites at low speed until they foam, add salt and cream of tartar.
  2. Increase speed and beat to soft peaks.
  3. Reduce speed to low as you prepare sugar syrup.
  4. Bring the sugar and water to a simmer, until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Increase heat and cook until soft ball stage (240F or 116C on a sugar thermometer).
  6. Slowly drizzle the syrup into the egg whites, beating on low speed. Try to avoid the edge of the bowl and the wires of the whisk.
  7. Increase speed to medium and keep beating for 10 minutes, until the mixture is cool and the egg whites form stiff, shiny peaks.


Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

This month Swah from Love Swah chose our theme and will be hosting when the hop opens. Head on over to read more about the theme at her site.

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  1. I adore lemon meringue pie so no doubt I’d love these cakes too! Thanks for joining us this month 🙂

  2. Yum delicious. There is nothing like the anticipation of lemon recipes in the winter. What a great surprise

  3. These look so amazing! I can’t even begin to comprehend! My piping work is so hopeless thus I’ve given up on cupcakes 🙁

  4. Delicious! I love lemon curd 🙂

  5. If you ask me, I would right away follow the ‘eat me’ as shown on the picture. You don’t need to ask me twice. Those look like sweet delicious cupcakes to me.

  6. They are perfect looking. The summer calls for a cupcake with lemon curd.

  7. Oh, how fantastic 🙂 Sweet surprise indeed!

  8. These look absolutely gorgeous (I love the wrappers and signs!) and sound delicious. Thanks for participating in the hop! 🙂

  9. I adore lemon meringue. These look fabulous!

  10. Lemon meringue is a weakness, this is so delicious 😀


    P.S Because of my exams, I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks – see you afterwards!

  11. Divine! I can almost taste the tart lemon center with the gooey sweet meringue on top. Congratulations too on making the meringue look so darn pretty. It can be a sticky challenge =)

  12. Wow, these are adorable! I might make some of these for my sister’s birthday, thanks for the recipe 🙂

  13. Super cute. Love the lemon curd inside as a nice suprise. I’m such a sucker for lemon curd!

  14. What pretty meringue topping!

  15. Oooh, I love lemon curd – it’s such a weakness of mine, so tangy! Love the idea of these little pockets of zing nestling underneath the meringue “frosting” – so pretty too!

  16. I love the little signs on these adorable cupcakes. Thanks for sharing Julie:)

  17. I´ll take a dozen please! I love lemon curd madly, and with a lemon cake it´s irresistible!

  18. I love cupcakes and love the idea of lemon meringue cupcakes even more. Yours a very pretty.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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