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Starring Lemon Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
You may have noticed that my new theme is...and will continue for the next few month's to be..."little people" and cupcakes! I'm having way too much fun with this idea. This particular yellow cupcake is vanilla stuffed with lemon curd (I bought the lemon curd in a jar!).
The cupcake recipe is from A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes: Deliciously Decorated Crowd Pleasers for Parties and Holidays by Dede Wilson...it's her basic yellow cupake recipe.
For the frosting, I used Wilton's Buttercream Icing:

Here's the recipe:
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. solid shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. (approx. 1 lb.) sifted confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp. milk
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and shortening with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all the sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to decorate. Refrigerate when not in use. Keeps for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container. Re-whip before using. Makes 3 cups.
This mini-cake is for my friend Autumn's birthday...she's 29 today! Her initials are AR...I call her aray...we surpised her today...with the mini-cake...she has never been able to eat any of my cupcakes because she can't eat salt...she has a heart problem...this was my first baking attempt with no salt! It turned out very nicely. I got the recipe out of the Small Batch Baking cookbook by Debby Maugans Nakos. She bakes mini cakes in cans

You can see more of these photos on my flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cupcakequeen/

Rock On!



  1. Anonymous3:15 PM

    You are truly amazing!

    And I must ask, where do you get those delightful little people you use atop the frosting? I have never seen these before.

  2. Anonymous8:25 PM

    I am so loving the mini people - they are a fantastic addition ;)

  3. It's like watching something through a microscope. Who's your supplier?

  4. Really love the little people (sounds oddly familiar!), gorgeous cupcakes too.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous. Where do you buy your decorations.


  6. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Your cupcakes are like little jewels. I bet they would make a killing in a bakery!

  7. Ooooooo me too, me too! Where do you get these awesome little people???? Love love love your cupcakes!

  8. The little people are actually what are used for HO-scale model train set-ups. I've bought some online and some from a hobby store near my house.

  9. Anonymous3:26 PM

    CQ, I nominated you for a Bloggie! (Best Food Blog)

  10. Lemon curd inside of the cupcake? Yummm...that sounds very interesting and delicious.

    I'd kill for a cupcake right about now!!! Wahhhh! (Dieting sucks!)

  11. Anonymous7:09 AM

    These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.

  12. Wow! I totally missed this post and I love it! It is so adorable! Such a cute idea!