Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lemon Coconut Cupcake

My coworker Jrod has been a huge help for my cake business. Being in charge of some of the Google cars, he has kindly let me use one of the SUVs to transport my larger cake orders to the different venues. I would always promise him he will someday be rewarded with something delicious in return but never got the chance to... until his birthday!

Another coworker of mine, Brenda's lemon tree has been producing a lot of lemons so she would bring in a bag full of beautiful organic (but unusually large) lemons freshly picked from her yard to our meetings time to time. Just in time for Jrod's birthday, Brenda had brought in a bag full of lemons that same week so I made some lemon curd from the freshly squeezed lemon juice from the lemons freshly picked from Brenda's tree - how much better can it get?

Lemon curd is one of my favorite things. It's tart, sweet, creamy, everything. I made a small batch of vanilla cupcakes with some lemon zest to add some texture and fragrant bite to the cake. I scooped out the cupcake from the middle and filled it with as much lemon curd as I can, then topped it with fluffy vanilla buttercream infused with a touch of coconut extract. And finally, it got a generous sprinkling of coconut flakes on top.

I left the cupcake on his desk before he got to work on his birthday and he then later on posted this picture on facebook with a caption that made me very happy.

"Thank you, Ji. I ate the cupcake before I can even pull out the camera; it was delicious."

Thanks Jrod for your help!

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