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Pucker Up: Delicious Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe from Cake Gumshoe Megan Seling

On the occasion of her recent birthday, Megan Seling provided a dessert spread of epic proportions at her party.

And while usually I would object that the birthday girl shouldn't have to lift a finger on her special day, opting to simply eat cakes that others have made, I have to admit that as a guest, I was kind of glad that she did. Because it was a most delicious spread.

And the highlight of the table? In my humble spy's opinion, the Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. Made of a light cake filled with lightly tart and very flavorful lemon curd, these cakes were capped with a punk rocker hairstyle of a meringue topping which tasted just as good as it looked.

And happily, she was willing to share the recipe, which she got here, which I am now passing on to you. You're welcome. It can also be found in the book Cake Art.

Lemon Chiffon Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 large egg whites

Lemon Curd

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 10 large egg yolks

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar


Prepare the Lemon Chiffon Cupcakes. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prepare pans with cupcake liners. Sift the flour, baking powder, and half the sugar together into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer and reserve. In another large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, combine the egg yolks, oil, water, vanilla, and zest. Mix with a handheld mixer or whip attachment until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Add the egg yolk mixture gradually to the dry ingredients, mixing with a handheld mixer or whip attachment on medium speed until a paste forms. When a paste has formed, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and continue adding the remainder of the yolk mixture until it is all incorporated. Beat for an additional 2 minutes on medium speed. In a separate mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, whip the egg whites with a clean whip attachment on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar while beating the egg whites and continue to beat until medium peaks form. Gently blend one-third of the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk mixture to lighten it. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake at 375°F until the top of the cupcakes spring back to the touch, about 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling before decorating.

Prepare Lemon Curd. Combine half of the butter, half of the sugar, the lemon juice, and zest and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently to dissolve the sugar. Meanwhile, blend the egg yolks with the remaining sugar. Temper the mixture by gradually adding about one-third of the lemon juice mixture, stirring constantly with a whip. Return the tempered egg mixture to the saucepan. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the whisk leaves a trail in the curd. Remove from the heat. Stir in the remaining butter. Strain the curd into a shallow container or bowl. Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the curd. Cool over an ice bath. Store the curd, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Prepare Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Put the egg whites and sugar in the clean, grease-free bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and stir together until the sugar is blended into the egg whites. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir frequently until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reaches 140°F. Transfer the bowl to the mixer and beat on high speed until the meringue is thick and glossy and has a stiff peak.

Finish the cupcakes. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip two-thirds full with lemon curd. Insert the tip as far as it will go inside the center of the cupcake and apply gentle pressure. Try not to squeeze too hard or lemon curd will squirt out the top of the cupcake. Stop filling once you see any lemon curd around the base of the tip. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Clean the piping bag and tip and fill it two-thirds full with Swiss meringue. Pipe a large pearl of meringue on top of each cupcake. Use the back of a spoon to lift up areas of the meringue, creating spikes. Lightly toast the meringue with a kitchen torch or under the broiler until the tips of the meringue are golden brown.

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Reader Comments (10)

I gasped at seeing the meringue topping. It looks so spikey and delicate.

I gasped again at seeing the lemon curd.

Jeez. Stop making me drool. D:


June 5 | Unregistered CommenterWei-Wei

I received my first loans when I was very young and it aided my business very much. But, I need the bank loan again.

June 6 | Unregistered CommenterOra22Dudley

Yum! I just had a Pucker Up from The Flying Cupcake last night, which also had a lemony surprise filling. I think I'll have to try this recipe!

That is so cute for words. The cupcake looks so delicious. YUMMY!

Hi!! Cupcakes look yummy!! As a baker, just wanted to point out that her frosting is Swiss Meringue. (Not swiss meringue buttercream, which adds butter to her cooked egg white/ sugar mixture....) Cheers!!

June 7 | Unregistered CommenterROSE

Normally I shy away from cupcakes that have a filling in them. It always feels like it's taking away from the cupcake (to me at least). But a cupcake filled with lemon curd, topped with meringue? That sounds like something I could set aside my preconcieved notions for. They look gorgeous!

June 7 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I made these the other day for my mother who loves leomn merengue pie. The lemon curd filing & the merengue were very very good but i think i would use a different recipe for the actual cake part if i make this again.

July 12 | Unregistered Commentermarie

I think this was a very nice post. I really loved the cupcakes. Anthony Hunter
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September 28 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Hunter
Yum yum yum! Bring on the lemons!
November 6 | Unregistered CommenterSydney!!!
I made this cupcake tonight for Cupcake Tuesday at work. Very pretty, but time consuming. The only thing I didn't like was the cake part. It is a little too bland and stiff. I will have to play around with it next time. I did spread some lemon custard on top under the meringue which helped. Great topping!!
April 18 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
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