Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Recipe by MaryJane Robbins

It's Cupcake Season!

Filled with tart lemon curd (that's made in a microwave!) and topped with a swirl of meringue, these tender lemon meringue cupcakes are an irresistible variation on the pie that inspired them. For a beautiful finish, toast the meringue with a kitchen torch or under the broiler until it's golden brown.

25 mins
15 to 18 mins
45 mins
12 filled cupcakes
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes - select to zoom
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes - select to zoom
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes - select to zoom
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes - select to zoom


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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a 12-cup cupcake or muffin pan with paper liners; spritz the liners lightly with cooking spray.

  2. To make the cupcakes: Place the following in the bowl of your mixer: the cake flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and lemon oil. Add 1/3 cup (76g) of the buttermilk.

  3. Blend the mixture on medium speed for 2 minutes. The mixture will be thick at first, but will smooth out as you mix.

  4. Add the remaining 1/3 cup (76g) buttermilk and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and mix briefly, if necessary.

  5. Fill each well of the pan 2/3 full, and bake the cupcakes for 15 to 18 minutes, until they're light golden brown on the edges. Remove them from the oven, and immediately transfer them from the pan to a rack. Cool completely.

  6. Prepare the lemon curd according to the recipe, and set it aside to cool and thicken as the cupcakes cool.

  7. Core each cooled cupcake with a cupcake corer (or an apple corer), leaving a small well in the center of the cake. Fill to the brim with cooled lemon filling. Fill all cupcakes, then prepare the meringue.

  8. To make the meringue: In a very clean work bowl, whip the egg whites and Bakewell Cream or cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the salt. Gradually add the sugar, increasing the whipping speed and continuing to whip until the mixture is light and billowy, and stiff peaks form.

  9. Mound or pipe meringue onto each cupcake, then toast the meringue with a cook's torch; or carefully broil until golden brown. Serve warm, for a flowing lemon lava; or cool for a more set filling.