Spring Cupcakes and a Symbol of Hope

I always eagerly await the first signs of spring.  Bright and cheerful bursts of tulips and daffodils are a welcome sight after a cold, bland winter.   They invigorate us and announce to us that spring has sprung!

Thank you for arriving spring I am so ready for you!  I’m ready for open windows, bed sheets on the clothesline, sitting in the sun and drinks on the patio!

I thought these cupcakes would be the perfect fit for our Easter table.  Beautiful sunny yellows amid pops of white, blue and pink colours.

It’s doesn’t hurt when your pops of colour are candy coated and full of milk chocolate either.  Another wonderful sign of spring. Easter chocolate.

Remember here when I made lime cupcakes with Tequila frosting?  These are identical, just substitute the lime for lemon.  Omit the step of brushing on the Tequila.   Swirl on a generous amount of Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream (below).  These  are keeper lemon cupcakes.  Really moist with a good hit of lemon followed by, you guessed it, the creamiest lemony Swiss Meringue icing.

Did you know April is also Daffodil Month for the Canadian and American Cancer Society? Daffodils are a symbol of hope for those living with cancer.  Unfortunately everyone has a cancer story.  All of the monies raised from the Daffodil Campaign go to life saving cancer research.

I hope this spring leaves you feeling rejuvenated.  I hope spring has sprung where you live!  Happy Easter everyone.

Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd or lemon pie filling (or more to taste)

1. Fill a saucepan (large enough to fit your mixing bowl just a few inches) with two inches of water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low so water continues to simmer.

2. In your stand mixer bowl, hand whisk the egg whites and the sugar just until combined. Place over simmering pot and whisk for approx 4 mins until the egg whites are hot (about 150 degrees). The sugar should be dissolved by this time as well. Place bowl on stand mixer and attach the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until whites have increased in volume, are thick and glossy and the outside of the bowl is just slightly warm to the touch (this can take up to 10 minutes!).

3. Remove whisk attachment and replace with paddle attachment. Beat on low-speed until mixture is completely cooled. Increase speed to medium and add butter pieces one at a time. Scrape the bowl and continue to beat until buttercream is glossy, smooth and thick. It may separate at first, but continue beating and it will emulsify. Add vanilla flavouring, a pinch of salt and lemon curd and beat until combined. Use immediately.

17 Comments

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17 responses to “Spring Cupcakes and a Symbol of Hope

  1. Danielle

    These look absolutely beautiful!

  2. Francesca

    These look beautiful. So danty and a perfect symbolism of spring. Happy Easter Renee.xx

  3. Happy Easter Renee. Enjoy your beautiful cupcakes and all the promise of renewal that Easter and Spring bring with them.

  4. Georgia

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    Georgia

  5. So pretty! I love them!

  6. Beautiful! How did you make the daffodils? They look like they were a lot of work!

  7. Tara Huys

    Oh THESE CAN”T WAIT TO TRY!! i LOVE LEMON AND SO DOES THE FAMILY!

  8. Mel

    These are so beautiful! I’m in awe of the daffodils – they look amazing!!

  9. Your frosting technique is beautiful! Wonderful job!

  10. Such pretty little things! So Springy.

  11. I’m jealous as here is Sydney Autumn is well and truly upon as and the rain is coming down… lots. I would love a little one of these guys to eat and cheer me up!

  12. Georgia

    I tried these over the weekend and they were great 🙂 I loved how soft they turned out

  13. Marcia

    Beautiful!!! Can I ask you what you used for the wire on the little green limes popping out of your cupcake??? Do you just use regular wire or a special kind and did you stick it into the cupcake all the way?? I am going to do something with that idea of little limes popping out of a cupcake and was curious about what you used. Thanks…love your stuff 🙂

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