You know my philosophy, right? It’s not about all the effort and work that goes into baking and cooking…it’s about spending time in the kitchen with the ones you love and then sharing a meal with them too.
My mom called and asked me to bring some sort of dessert (and yes, I get asked this a lot by my family!) to a pool party. I asked Kensington what we should bring and she said cupcakes. Perfect. Since I’m into fall food already over here (because this foodie blogger works 6 weeks in advance), I decided against bringing pumpkin cupcakes and decided to whip up some fresh lemon and raspberry ones instead.
And I made them easy.
Really, really easy.
But still special looking.
The key to making quick and easy cupcakes look special is first of all, buy cute cupcake liners and the little picks that go in them (I find them at Target and Walmart all the time), second, make your frosting a little special, and finally, garnish. No one will ever know it’s a store-bought mix and not from scratch.
1 box of lemon cake mix (plus the ingredients to prepare it per the box directions)
2 cups of fresh raspberries
1 jar of cream cheese frosting
the zest of 2 lemons
Cupcake liners and picks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fit 2 (12 cup) muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, prepare your lemon cake mix per the box directions. Using an electric mixer, beat in one cup of your fresh raspberries.
Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 of the way full with your batter.
Bake about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes rest in the tins about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
To make your frosting, put all of your store bought frosting in a bowl. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of your lemon zest (depending on the size of your lemons, this might require both lemons). Frost cooled cupcakes with your frosting. Add an additional sprinkle of zest to the tops of each cupcake and garnish with one more raspberry.
Baking doesn’t have to be complicated. It should be fun. Buy a cake mix, buy some frosting, buy a few raspberries and a lemon and voila…you have fun, kind of fancy cupcakes that your entire family will love.