Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

November 11: Remembrance Day/ Jour du Souvenir (Canada)

Canada, Highlander’s birthplace, and other Commonwealth countries observe Remembrance Day/ Jour du Souvenir on November 11, the same day the U.S.A. honors its war veterans and military personnel. Remembrance Day is their version of America’s Memorial Day. The Remembrance Day symbol is a poppy flower, as mentioned in John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Field”. The lieutenant colonel from Canada was moved to write it for a friend’s funeral during World War I.

For a Remembrance Day prayer gathering, we were inspired to use the iconic flower for a delicious dessert—lemon poppy seed cupcakes topped with fondant poppies. It was an appropriate tasty treat to remember the brave ones who sacrificed their lives to protect their countries. God bless their souls!

Recipe

For the fondant poppy flowers

  • Powdered sugar (for dusting the work surface)
  • Red fondant
  • Black tube frosting
  • Poppy seeds

Directions

On a surface that has been dusted with powdered sugar, roll out red fondant to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out poppies using a 5-petal flower cutter. Use the impression/veining tool and press to give texture on each petal. Place the cut fondant poppy on a foam pad and lightly press down the center with the ball tool.

Lemon Poppy See Cupcakes

Place fondant poppies on flower formers and let dry for about 3 hours or overnight. Dot the centers of each poppy with black icing. Sprinkle poppy seeds on the middle, brushing away the excess from the center. Set aside to dry.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

For the cupcakes and frosting

Directions

Prepare the batter for the lemon buttermilk poppy seed cake. Scoop into red cupcake papers. Bake and cool completely on a wire rack.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Make the lemon buttercream icing (do not tint it yellow). Frost the cupcakes (we used Wilton tip 1M to make the swirls).

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Position a fondant poppy seed flower on the top center. Serve at room temperature.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Notes

  • Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served and are serving in the military, including Islander’s Daddy (retired U.S. Navy chief). Thank you!

Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

December 15: National Cupcake Day

Somewhere over the rainbow—and maybe somewhere closer—rainbow cupcakes are making people smile! Who could resist the colorful confetti in the cake batter, the bright blue sky frosting, the fluffy marshmallow clouds and the sweet-sour strips of chewy candy? We made these rainbow cupcakes for a “Wizard of Oz” themed party and they surely made everyone smile! Some people did not even want to eat them because these Technicolor treats looked so cute. For National Cupcake Day, decorate something over the top and over the rainbow and make rainbow cupcakes!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes (we used a confetti cake mix)
  • Blue frosting (we tinted a tub of vanilla frosting with blue food coloring)
  • White tube frosting
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Rainbow candy strips (we used Airheads Xtreme Rainbow Berry brand)

Directions

Bake cupcakes as directed on the box package. Cool completely. Frost the tops with blue frosting.

Rainbow Cupcakes

Cut the rainbow candy strips in half. Use the white tube frosting to pipe some clouds to secure the strip and marshmallows. Arch the rainbow candy strip into the white frosting. Complete the cupcakes by hiding the edges of the strip with mini marshmallows.

Rainbow Cupcakes

Notes

  • February 25 is National Cupcake Day in Canada. It is celebrated as a fundraising event to benefit animal shelters and humane societies.
  • Search our blog for other cupcake recipes and decorating ideas.