One Thanksgiving, our family was planning on congregating after everyone’s separate dinners for a big celebration over desserts. Of course, I wasn’t going to make pie…I was going to make cupcakes. So, I asked what flavors people wanted and even in mid-November, there was an over-whelming number of people who wanted my lemonade cupcakes. When I got up to Maine, I was happy to find that there was a mini-fridge in my hotel room (the room I was sharing with my sister) so I popped my cupcakes in the fridge to await our celebration the next day. My Mom, just two doors down from us in the same hotel, stopped by later that night asking if she could steal one of the cupcakes. I can’t say no to my Mom…well, she loved them so much she came back TWO MORE TIMES. I said to her, “Mom, people are going to wonder where the cupcakes went!” And her response, “I’ll just eat one more so the number of cupcakes is still even!” It still gives me a giggle thinking about that night.
For Mother’s Day this year, I couldn’t think of a better thing for my Mom then making her favorite cupcakes and having my Dad deliver them to her. Pictured above, I made her favorite – lemon cake, filled with lemon curd and topped with a pink lemonade buttercream frosting. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM!
I found these super cute lemon candies at Michael’s – they were actually lollipops but I managed to pull the sticks out of each one so I could use them as toppers. A really good lemon cake recipe can be found here from Paula Deen (I love her cake recipes, what can I say?) A hint though: I reduce the amount of pink lemonade powder by a tablespoon…otherwise it gets really sour and slightly bitter (at least to me).
So happy that summer flavors are back in the rotation!