Isabella’s Lemon Meringue Cup Cakes, Junior Master Chef

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Watching Junior Master Chef was the best thing because I was strongly inspired by the talented little kids to make something I’ve never done. This time I have hand pick Isabella’s Lemon Meringue Cupcakes to try my dessert skills. I am not a big fan of sweet things and cup cakes but somehow I was so attracted to this recipe. Maybe because it is lemon flavour and I love all things citrus. When the new issue of Master Chef magazine arrived my mail box I quickly went to Woolworth and bought a cup cake tray.

Good thing about this recipe is that it contains no butter which sounds a lot more healthier! It took me whole day to bake these things and I wonder how can the 12 yrs old Isabelle make it in 45 mins?! Lucky I got guidance from Cooking for my love and my first attempt was very successful!

Ingredients (for the Cupcakes):

1 cup thickened cream
1 cup caster sugar 
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups self raising flour  
1 lemon, finely grated and retain juice  

Ingredients (for the Lemon curd):

1/2 cup lemon juice
100g unsalted butter 
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg and 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten (leave the 3 egg whites for the Meringue)   

Ingredients (for Meringue):

3 egg whites
1/2 cup caster sugar 

Directions: (For the cupcakes)

1) Preheat oven to 180C. Please 12 cupcakes liners in a 12 hole 1/2 cup capacity muffin tray.

2) Place cream, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Gradually add flour with a sieve, then add lemon juice and  zest and continue whisking until mixture is thick and smooth.

3) Divide mixture between prepared liners and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cakes spring back to touch. Cool in muffin pan.

Directions: (For the Lemon curd)

1) Heat 1/2 cup Lemon Juice and 100g Butter in a small saucepan, simmer until butter is melted.

2) Add 1/2 cup Caster Sugar, 1 Egg and 3 Egg Yolks a little bit at a time and whisk continuously until the curd becomes thick and glossy. Take the saucepan away from heat if egg yolk starts to cooked and put it back on after 1 min and repeat the process until achieve desire result.

3) Pour into a bowl and leave aside until completely cool.

Directions: (For the Meringue)

1) Put 3 Egg Whites in a dry cleaning mixing bowl, use an electric beater to whisk at high speed until fluffy. 

2) Gradually add 1/2 cup Caster Sugar and continue to whisk into a stiff peak meringue.

3) Spoon meringue mixture into a piping bag.

Directions: (To assemble the final product)

1) Dig some small holes on top of the cooled cupcakes with a sharp knife, fill the holes with Lemon Curd and pipe a swirl of Meringue Mixture on top of each cupcake.

2) Place the cupcakes in a preheated grill for 1 minute until golden brown at 150 to 180C. Watch it closely and don’t let it burnt.

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Grated the lemon rind finely and leave in a bowl. Add few drop of lemon juice to keep it from drying

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Best way to juiced a lemon is with a steel spoon if you don’t have a juicer

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Best to pass the juice through a sieve before using, See I drop some seeds oops

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Separate the Eggs and ready to be use for the Lemon Curd

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I actually made the lemon curd first because it takes longer for it to cool than the cupcakes

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For the cupcake – Place cream, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth

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Slowly sieve the flour in

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Look at the smooth batter weee

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My result allow me to make 13 cupcakes instead of 12,if you have more just bake for 2nd batches

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Super sharp knife to dig some holes, reserve those little babies in a separate container as snack

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Spoon in the lemon curd

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Last step is to make the Meringue, the key is to whisk to soft peak before adding sugar in

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Woo hoo ready to be bake

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mydatewithfood
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 23:30:30

    Yum!!! =9
    looks really good, well done!!!

    Reply

  2. Ellisa
    Dec 29, 2010 @ 10:59:19

    Looks yummy…. 🙂

    Reply

  3. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)
    Jan 01, 2011 @ 07:15:53

    I have been obsessed with these cupcakes after seeing them on Jr MC. Yours look so yummy!! Happy New Year!

    Reply

  4. Julie
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 11:30:20

    yay you made the cupcakes! i want to make them too! looks so yummy
    great to meet you at the picnic we only had a brief chat but :(!! hope to see you soon!

    Reply

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