These simple lemon cupcakes start with a white cake mix
and have fresh lemon juice and Greek yogurt mixed
to keep them moist and tart. Top them off with a sinfully delicious
white chocolate buttercream frosting!
I have a little secret to share. Today is my birthday. I usually don’t go around advertising that fact, especially since I’m now officially in my 40′s. Turning 41 is not as exciting as turning 25, you know what I mean?
As a kid, I loved having a 4th of July birthday. For several years, I truly believed all the fireworks were for me. Then I became less self-absorbed and realized what the holiday was really about. The other perfect thing about a summer birthday is you are home all day to enjoy it and not stuck at school! No homework to finish right after cake and presents! The downside to having a summer birthday and more specifically a 4th of July birthday is my friends were often out-of-town for the holiday. My parties were generally small and short. But they were always sweet.
My mom always bought a cake from a local bakery. I was so easy to please. I always asked for a white cake with white frosting. But the top of the cake had to be covered in frosting roses. The bigger the rose, the better. I was a normal kid when it came to eating my cake. I ate all the frosting and left the cake.
I can honestly say, I cannot remember my last bakery cake. There is absolutely nothing wrong with bakery cakes. I simply find I prefer the taste of homemade baked goods. Since my expanding waistline keeps me from whipping up buttercream just to snack on, I look for any possible occasion to make cupcakes! My birthday is the perfect occasion.
Since white cake is still my favorite, these tart little sweeties begin with a white cake mix, which I brighten with lemon pudding mix, lemon juice and lemon zest. Greek yogurt keeps them tender, moist and tangy. I love the full on citrus flavor of these cupcakes. Lemon is the perfect base for the lusciously sweet buttercream flavored with smooth white chocolate. I do believe I made myself some pretty fantastic cupcakes!
Here I am a whole year older and whole year wiser. I think I’ve reached an age where I can eat as many cupcakes as I want. After 41 years, I’ve earned it!
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