Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Right now I’m doing two things at once. I think maybe I do two things at once too often, and one day I’m convinced it will lead to a real catastrophe. I keep resolving to stop. Anyway, right now I’m both writing this recipe and listening to a computer science lecture. Some days I feel like God made a mistake when he put me together. Like, maybe he was doing two things at once and by mistake he put together one third crazy melancholic creative-type, one third A-type housewife who just wants to make lists and get everything done and clean compulsively and one third engineer/computer programmer type who couldn’t care less what’s for dinner. The result being that I really don’t know who I am half my life, or what I’m supposed to be doing.

Then I think of that Baz Luhrmann song Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen (remember that?), and the part where he says: “The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.” And then I feel a bit better. But mostly I feel better because I know God doesn’t make mistakes.

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Anyway, enough introspection. Who wants a lemon meringue cupcake recipe? Yes? Y-E-S. I think I ate six of these right after I made them, they were so good.

I used 24 vanilla cupcakes, made with this recipe. And I do admit, I used store bought lemon curd, but you may want to make your own if you have an awesome recipe.

Meringue Icing


  • 3 tbs water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tarter


  1. With an electric mixer, whip the egg whites and cream of tarter until soft peaks form.
  2. At the same time, heat the water and sugar in a saucepan, over medium-low heat until the mixture has reached soft ball stage.
  3. Slowly pour the hot syrup into the whipped egg whites, while still whisking on low speed.
  4. When the syrup has been added, continue whisking on low speed until the icing cools down.

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

  1. Make holes in the top of your vanilla cupcakes, using a cupcake corer if you have one, or a knife.
  2. Fill the holes with lemon curd.
  3. Top with the meringue icing, and then brown the meringue for a minute or two either using the grill or a blowtorch.

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And there you have it. Perhaps you could make them for a Women’s Day tea, if you’re in South Africa?


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25 Responses to Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

  1. Lindy Mcmahon says:

    My lemon curd filling is a tin of condensed milk and approximately 125ml lemon juice… YUM

  2. Ali says:

    Delicious! Love Lemon Meringue :)

  3. WAUW! This looks so good! Mouthwatering….

  4. ideeintavola says:

    Me too, I do two or three things in the same time…Now for example I’m reaìding your fantastic recipe, I’m working and I’m listening the stupid discussion of my collegues!I think that is all fault about my sign: Gemini!!!

  5. Amy says:

    These look incredible.. so delicious! Lovely photos too :)

  6. Those are overwhelmingly impressive! Bravo, they sound fabulous!

  7. What a great idea! They look delish!

  8. Rurousha says:

    I’ve decided 93 is a good age to finally grow up. That means even I still have a few decades to get sorted out.

    PS: Lemon meringue? Oh my. When did I last have THAT? Sigh.

  9. chefinstyle says:

    Always been a fan of lemon desserts. Love these! And you’re gorgeous photos! You seem to have a real talent!

  10. AMAZING! I’m definitely going to try and make these!

  11. Victoria says:

    These look oh so good…a must try before summer’s end! Lovely meringue!

  12. writtensongs says:

    Omg that looks delicious >.< shall attempt to do ths one day

  13. Joelle Foong says:

    The photos look great! And I feel like making some myself! :)
    But it’ll be a big challenge to me as I’m really green in the world of baking. :p

  14. Allison says:

    These look amazing! What a genius idea for a cupcake.

  15. Ricardo says:

    AMAZING! Where did you get the store bought lemon curd? *blush*

  16. Sounds and looks delicious! ♥

  17. Shafeeqa says:

    This looks amazing!

  18. Erinn @ www.more-sprinkles.com says:

    my roommate will be obsessed with these!

  19. be4bop says:

    Those look delitouse I’m going to make them!

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