Mar 132013

Now to go with the super artificial flavored lemon cake, here is some super lemony frosting. I find with the french buttercreams, there are a couple of tricks. 1) you have to let it cool before adding the butter, I don’t always have patiences, but it is key. 2) You really need to whip it for a good 6-8 minutes once butter has been added, it looks soupy and lumpy before it become thicker and smooth. I always am nervous it won’t work out but then I continue to whip and somehow it comes together in the end, just how I wanted it!

3 Eggs

3 Egg Yolks

1 1/2 Cup of Sugar

3/4 Cup of Water

1 Pound of Butter

2 Teaspoons of Lemon Extract

Yellow Food Coloring

In a sauce pan melt the sugar and water stirring occasionally until it reaches 238 F. Remove and pour into a heat proof bowl to stop the cooking.

Sugar and Water Reaching 238

Sugar and Water Reaching 238

While the sugar is cooking, whip the egg yolks and eggs on high until fluffy about 5 minutes.

Whipped Eggs & Yolks

Whipped Eggs & Yolks

Slowly pour in sugar and continue whipping for 5 minutes adding the lemon extract and food coloring. Once the mixture has COOLED completely add the butter in a little at a time. (Cut the butter into little pieces) And continue to whip on high until it is smooth. This could take up to 7 or 8 minutes. And now ready to frost the Lemon Cake!

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Lemon Buttercream Frosting




Feb 072013

In England it is tradition on your birthday to bring the cake or the cupcakes. So as my birthday approaches, Saturday, I thought I would make some special cupcakes. I am headed to San Sebastian, Spain for the weekend with a few friends and thought using the Bueno Bar in my cupcake would be a great idea. Since Nutella is one of my favorite things ever, what a better way to top my birthday cupcakes!

Bueno Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Bueno Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting


1 1/2 Cup of Sugar (Separated out 1 Cup and 1/2 Cup)

3 Egg White

1 1/2 Cup of Flour

1 Teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

6 Tablespoons of Butter

2/3 Cup of Whole Milk

16 Bueno Bars

Nutella Frosting

Preheat Oven to 350

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and  1 Cup of sugar until light and fluffy about 3 Minutes. Add in the vanilla, once the vanilla is combined alternate with dry ingredients (Flour, Salt and Baking Soda) and the milk.

In a Separate bowl, whip the egg whites, once foam forms slowly add in the remaining 1/2 Cup of sugar and continue mixing until peaks form. At this point fold in egg white mixture in 1/4 batches into the other batter.

Bueno Bars at Bottom of Cupcake

Bueno Bars at Bottom of Cupcake

Prepare the Cupcake liners, place two pieces of the Bueno bar at the bottom of each liner and then spoon the batter on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Let cool completely before frosting. Top each cupcake with half of a Bueno Bar.

Happy Birthday to Me!