The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Fabulous Fridays

These past couple of weeks I have been thinking and thinking how to introduce some fun and frothiness into this blog. Since injecting humour into writing does not come naturally to me (it is something I can only seem to do live), I’ve come up with Fabulous Fridays. Every Friday (or every other Friday or whenever I feel like it on  Friday) I will share a recipe, a photo, a blog, a new pair of sandals – anything really. My only rule is that I really liked it and it must be fun.
This week I will be sharing a recipe that I found on Better Homes and Gardens. (And since, in my opinion, no recipe is fun unless it is some type of dessert, you can rest assured that it is going to be an enjoyable treat).
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 2/3  cup  shortening
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 3    eggs
  • 2/3  cup  milk
  • 1  tablespoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2/3  cup  sugar
  • 1/3  cup  lemon juice
  • Lemon peel curls (optional)
  • Fresh lemon balm leaves (optional)
1. Grease and lightly flour twenty to twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar and beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating on low to medium speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in the 1 tablespoon lemon peel. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. (Fill any empty, greased muffin cups with water to avoid damaging pan.)
3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Place cupcakes upside-down on wire racks set over waxed paper.
4. In a small mixing bowl stir together the 2/3 cup sugar and lemon juice. Brush sugar mixture over warm cupcakes until all is absorbed. Cool completely. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Before serving, garnish with lemon peel curls and lemon balm leaves, if desired. Makes 20 to 24 cupcakes.
I did not have time to decorate the cupcakes but they still tasted delicious and I can attest to that because they got eaten before I could get a good photo. This is the only one I managed to get (of the very last cupcake and I will confess that it’s already half eaten on the side you cannot see.
Lemon cupcakes (2)


  1. Thank you for sharing the Lemon Cupcakes recipe. I'm always on the lookout for fun recipes featuring lemon since my family loves them.

  2. Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I really chuckle when I think people far away like you on the island of Malta think I have something to say. Not my family, though, they know I ALWAYS have something to say. I love your new blog layout and photos. Fun Friday will be a treat to follow.

  3. They look delicious, and I LOVE that the cupcake in the photo is the last, half eaten one!

  4. Good idea Loree, I will be looking forward to your Friday finds. This Friday's find is something I love too, anything that has to do with lemons is among my favorites. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. The lemon cupcake in your picture looks delicious!
    Happy weekend!

  5. Oh, it looks sweet and delicious. a clean house, but hate cleaning. And I'm bad...very ocd about it. At least mr. coco is sensitive to my ocd needs. :) Kisses to you, dear Loree ~ Alexandra

  6. I am not anymore into recepes ! I liked to cook when I was 30. Now after 42 years of cooking, I prefer quick things, lol ! but your recepe looks very yummy !

  7. Oh Loree it looks so good!

  8. yummo .. I love any type of lemon cake..

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.. ciao xxxx Julie

  9. Your recipes always seem to delicious !
    The last was a success to me ! :))


  10. I'm going to print out this recipe..I have been on a kick to make cup cake lately..

    Looks scrumptious, Loree!

  11. MMMmmm looks so yummy Loree, I have to pass this one on to DD Chelle, she's so much into baking and trying new things lately, hope she gets to try this one : ) But I think she might just want to leave out the lemon peel!
    Hope your weekend was a happy one,

  12. Hello sweet Loree..I"m so happy that you come around my blog and left such a kind uplifting message.I will be snapping out of this mood in no time at all!
    Your recipes always so delicious!!
    ...and the idea of a Friday post is fabulous...Good idea Loree, I will be looking forward to your Friday finds.

  13. Hope your weekend is going well. How nice to have a four day work week only ~ yay ~ xox Alexandra

  14. Un placer haberme pasado de nuevo por tu espacio.

    Saludos y un abrazo.

  15. Loree, I am a lemon addict and love all things lemon. Thank you for this recipe, I have all the ingredients in the cupboards with the exception of the lemon balm leaves...the hunt it on!

    Jeanne xxx

  16. Yum yum! Probably my favourite sort of cupcakes.


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