So Summer is winding down and we are all getting ready to have the kids head back to school!!! Yippee! All the stores have their fall decorations up and the sweaters are on the shelves. It is easy to wish the days away when Corporate America has us all brain washed to start thinking Christmas Shopping Season is a mere few weeks away. Then we step outside and the blast of the heat is upon us! Step back Retail Guru’s, I am not ready to head into fall just yet. It is August for crying out loud! It is HOT HOT HOT out there! So here is my toast to a Summer that I am not ready to give up on just yet!
Line 24 cupcake liners in 2 muffin tins and divide the batter evenly filling each well about 2/3 full. When done give the pans a little jiggle to settle the batter and a quick tap on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Cake mixes of today are nothing like the dry air filled mess that they used to be. You can really jazz up a good mix and they are moist and tasty!
Cool cupcakes on a rack. The air circulation will cool them faster and keep the bottoms from getting soggy. We have all had that cupcake at pot luck from the poor individual who just doesn’t quite get it. If you are that individual this is the tip that fixes that!
While cupcakes are cooling make your frosting. If you plan on piping make a double batch of frosting as piping uses more product than just frosting with a palate knife.
Take the powdered sugar, 1/4 cup lemonade, 1/4 tsp lemon extract, 2tbs of water, and 2 1/2 tbs meringue powder in a standing mixer and combine till smooth and creamy.
If you pipe you can use room temperature cupcakes. If you are going to frost with a palate knife the cooler the cupcake the better. I would chill them for 30 min first.
Pipe or frost the cupcakes and enjoy your summery delight!!