The Citrus Crowd

I’ve been getting a bit behind with reporting on the testing process although Mark is up-to-date with all the photos so far. Reason is a tweaking of the menu based on customer feedback so far; this took a lot of thought and research (thanks to Steve in London for snapping a dozen cupcake menus for me!).

More of that later, first let’s talk about citrus cupcakes.

Orange Cupcake

Oranje Cupcake

Pink Grapefruit Cupcake

Pretty in pink

Lemon Cupcake

Lemon difficult

I made three versions the other day – Lemon, Orange and Pink Grapefruit, plus their matching curds. The batter is flavoured with finely chopped zest, as is the buttercream topping, and I actually doubled the amount of zest to give it a bit more oomph.I cored the centre of the cupcakes, filled them with a generous teaspoon of the appropriate curd, and replaced the core before topping and decorating with hand-made sugar daisies. I really like the way they look, despite the flower decoration not screaming “Citrus!” as some candied peel would have done (I just can’t find any candied peel here that I like). They eat very well too, however I definitely need to do some work on the orange curd recipe to improve the flavour to match the punchiness of the lemon curd. Even though I personally like the pink grapefruit variety, as part of the overall menu re-vamp, I don’t think it’s going to make the final cut.

But all in all, some zesty, fresh-tasting cupcake options for the citrus-lovers amongst you!