Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lemon Cream Cupcakes

Randal has been wanting me to make a cupcake version of the Olive Garden lemon cream cake for a long time. The layer cake version has always been one of the favourite cakes that I make, so it's no surprise that the cupcake version is just as good. This cake is probably the only cake that I make with a cake mix these days, but I always have so I always will!

For the cake:
1 white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites

For the filling:
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream

For the crumb topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.  Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Make white cake following directions on box.  Fill liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Make lemon cream filling by mixing cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in lemon juice.

Whip cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until it forms stiff peaks. Combine cream cheese mixture whith whipped cream.

Make crumb topping by combining flour and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and dribble in the vanilla extract. Use your hands to mix cold butter into flour and sugar. Break butter into smaller and smaller pieces as you incorporate it into the dry ingredients. Be sure not to press the mixture together. You want to end up with a very crumbly consistency with pieces no bigger than a pea.

When the cakes are cool, using the cone method fill the inside of the cupcakes with a spoon of the filling.  Top with the remaining filling and sprinkle the crumb topping over the top.

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Miz Helen said...

Hi Sarah,
I can't wait to make these awesome cupcakes, they look delicious. That lemon flavor will pull me in every time. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

The Mandatory Mooch said...

What a great treat. I am a huge fan of lemon!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch!! I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight.

Thanks, Nichi

Michelle Day said...

These look scrumptious! I love anything to do with lemon and cream cheese :) I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks so much for linking up last week to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you have for this week’s party! Have a great week.

Miz Helen said...

Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

The Daily Smash said...

Hi I am making these tomorrow for a party and I am wondering if they have to be refrigerated? Or how long can I leave them at room temp?