Happy Mother’s Day!

The sun is shining and flowers are everywhere today. I like mother’s day because the simplistic nature it has with a flair. Mother’s really don’t want much, as long as their family is okay (I find this with my mom) but when they get the simplest gift of gratitude, their smile is priceless. Now that spring has come around I felt that something with lemon in it was in order for a mother’s day surprise. We didn’t have any lemons, but we had grapefruit. I was going to make Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. So instead I made Grapefruit Meringue Cupcakes.

Blushing Grapefruit Cupcakes

Adapted from WomensDay.com
1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
3 large egg yolks
3 large egg whites
4 Tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice and additional 2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons grapefruit zest

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a dozen muffin cups with liners. 
Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center; put oil, water, egg yolks, 4 Tablespoons grapefruit juice, and zest in well. Whisk with dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
Beat egg whites in the mixer on a high speed until frothy. Add remaining 2 teaspoons of grapefruit juice; beat just until stiff peaks start to form when beater is lifted. With a rubber spatula, stir 1/3 of the beaten egg whites into the cupcake batter. Gently fold remaining whites, just until blended. Spoon mixture into each lined cup.
Bake 15-18 minutes, until tops are browned and a tooth pick inserted near the centers comes out clean.

Grapefruit Meringue

4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoons grapefruit zest

Mix together sugar and grapefruit zest to create a light pink mixture.
Beat egg whites on high for 1 minute. Add cream of tartar. Slowly add the sugar/grapefruit mixture (mixing on medium). Beat on high until stiff peaks form when beater is lifted. Broil (on cupcakes) for 3 minutes.

These were some of the best cupcakes I’ve had. The meringue was perfection and the hints of grapefruit were refreshing.

4 responses »

  1. Beautiful cupcakes. They sound delicious. It is funny because my mother made lemon meringue cupcakes yesterday and I had never seen a meringue cupcake. Then I went to another blog and they had made lemon meringue pie and now you have these yummy looking ones. We must all be on the same wave length.

  2. yummy! what a sweet daughter you are 🙂 after reading about these delicious cupcakes on your Mom's blog I just had to hop over here for the recipe.

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