lemons and chocolate and failure, oh my!

jamieanne over at the sweetest kitchen has started a new mystery box cupcake challenge so we decided that we would give it a shot this month

the mystery box ingredient for this month is white chocolate – this posed a slight problem since neither of us really like white chocolate but we didn’t let that deter us and immediately started thinking what flavors we could pair with the white chocolate to create something that we would actually want to eat

over lunch on thursday we brainstormed some ideas to try out – they included boysenberry, peach, kiwi, pear, blackberry, orange, lemon and lime and after a quick stop at the markets to see what we could find we were ready to dive head first into our new adventure

sadly it turned out to be a bad day for baking – we made 4 kinds of cupcakes (boysenberry, blackberry white chocolate chunk, kiwi, and pear white chocolate chunk) and all 4 dozen ended up in the trash can before we could even begin to think about making fillings or frostings –  down but not out we decided to take a couple days off and try to regroup before giving it another shot


after taking the weekend off, surfing the interwebs and meditating on the powers of white chocolate (ok that last part didn’t happen but you never know) we met up again on monday afternoon hoping for better results – we decided to start out with a simple white chocolate cupcake and after it turned out edible we beefed it up by adding actual pieces of white chocolate which happily also turned out well which was good because we were really tired of  cupcake failure  – feeling confident in our cupcake skills again we decided to move on to the frosting and filling segment of the adventure



deciding not to get overconfident we once again decided to start out with a simple white chocolate frosting (i won’t even tell you what we thought it looked like), we frosted one of the cupcakes added some really pretty gold sanding sugar and sat down for a mini taste test

  • erica – way too much white chocolate
  • michelle – eh, it’s ok – but definitely not worth the calories and the extra lunges that are going to be necessary
  • jason – it’s ok

these are not anemic

not wanting to throw out the frosting we started thinking about how we could change it so that was less white chocolate and more delicious – the answer came to us in the form of a bowl fresh squeezed lemon juice (unused from the day of  baking gone wrong) that i had stashed in the fridge for a rainy day – turns out that today was that rainy day, despite the fact that it’s 100 degrees outside and i’m pretty sure the kitchen was the last place that most people would have chosen to be – while rooting around for the lemon juice i also managed to dig up the actual lemons that i had stuck in a ziploc and now our course was set


we added some of the lemon juice and powdered sugar to the white chocolate frosting to make a lemony white chocolate glaze, used the zest from the lemons to make some lemon sugar,  whipped up some lemon pudding to use for the filling and voila! – time for another mini taste test

  • erica – deliciousness
  • michelle – yum, definitely worth a couple extra lunges
  • marissa – it tastes like cake with a lemon cookie on top
  • jason – i like the filling, it was nice

lemon surprise white chocolate cupcake

all in all it was a winning recipe even for us non-white chocolate lovers and hopefully it holds it’s own in the contest

signing off until our next cupcake adventure

-e & m

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8 Responses to lemons and chocolate and failure, oh my!

  1. Geni says:

    These sounded (and look) so delicious. No recipe?

  2. Jamieanne says:

    Wow, what a story! I’m glad you decided to keep trying, even after the failures – the end result looks really delicious! Good luck in the competition! 🙂

  3. Ryan says:

    Yum, I’m a big fan of white chocolate and also lemon in cake. Going to be saving this recipe!

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