On a recent shopping trip, I was marveling at how the prices on many items my family uses has risen. Although we eat our fair share of fruits and veggies, we can also chow down on some goodies from the bakery. We visit the bakery so often, we know the cupcake decorator by name! She always gives us a heads up when fresh baked goods are stocked. As much as I love Tina, I hate paying the astronomical prices of her cupcakes!
When a 4-pack of cupcakes got to be $5.99, I knew it was time to start making my own darn cupcakes! For most baked goods I make, I have all the ingredients at home. I can make a batch of cupcakes for pennies on the dollar. My family has a favorite cupcake that will make you pucker up! My Pudding Cupcakes With Homemade Lemon Buttercream Frosting!
The recipe for my My Pudding Cupcakes With Homemade Lemon Buttercream Frosting is simple. I use a store bought cake mix, either lemon or yellow. Make the mix according to directions. Fill your muffin tins (either sprayed with vegetable oil or with cupcake liners) about 2/3 full. Bake according to directions. Allow to cool. Using a spoon, carefully hollow out the cupcake to make the hole for your pudding. Prepare one box of lemon pudding and allow to semi-set. Using a spoon, fill the cupcake holes with your pudding.
To make your Homemade Lemon Buttercream Frosting, you need just a few ingredients. You need 2.5 cups of powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, 1 tbsp. heavy cream, 1 tsp. lemon extract, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. In your stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream your butter for 1 minute. Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Cream for 1 minute.
Add your liquid ingredients and remaining powdered sugar. Mix well, for about 4-5 minutes. Spoon into your piping bag and sing the steel decorating tip of your choice. Garnish with a small lemon wedge and a sprig of mint. I also used the yellow Wilton decorating sugar to make it really pop. I think they turned out just perfect!