Friday, July 16, 2010

Taste of Summer

It's like tasting a little bit of summer!!!
Lemon Blossoms, recipe courtesy of Paula Dean. And seriously....they are worth every minute it takes you to make these sweet little things!!
These are what they are supposed to look like. My last batch, I finally got it figured out. I wasn't baking them as long as I needed to. Even not baked long enough, they were DELICIOUS!!

  • 18 1/2 - ounce package yellow cake mix
  • 3 1/2 -ounce pkg. instant lemon pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (it took me 2 lemons to get enough juice. USE FRESH LEMONS)
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
Spray miniature muffin tins with begetable oil cooking spray. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs and oil and blend well.
(Below see the gorgeous color!! Happy Yellow!)
Pour a small amount of batter, filling each muffin tin half way. Bake for 12 minutes. Turn out onto a tea towl. (I found if you take a knife and tap the bottom of the pan, they will come out. IF you bake them long enough)

To make the glaze, sift the sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, oil and 3 tablespoons water. Mix with a spoon until smooth.

With fingers, dip the cupcakes into the glaze while they're still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible, or spoon the glaze over the warm cupcakes. (I dipped...much more fun) Place on wire racks with wxed paper underneath to catch any drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly, about 1 hour.

Not quite as gorgeous as the pro herself...Paula Dean. But I'm 100% sure, just as yummy!!

Serve at a garden party, with chicken salad, rolls, chilled pickle spears, fresh fruit and lemonade. LEMONADE TIP...wash a fresh lemon, slice and add to your frozen concentrate lemonade. It adds a tart taste to your drink, and you'll think you're drinking fresh squeezed lemonade.
You'll be nibbling on a little bit of summer.

Put this on a pillow...Loving yourself is not a matter of boasting. It is not a matter of attitude. It is a matter of self acceptance, of noting your qualaties as well as your short comings, and accepting them all. ~author??


Cherie said...

I am a Paula Deene lover as well - seriously does the woman make anything that does not taste good??
My husband would LOVE this lemony goodness!!
Good and yummy baking in the summer - that's what I'm talking about!!!

Material Mary said...

Oh Sandra, so good to have you back with words of wisdom and a great recipe. Hope your summer is wonderful!!

The Gathering Place said...

I have a bundt cake recipe that is almost identical and we love it. I'll have to try the cupcake version. Summer's treats are refreshing and fun.

Garden of Egan said...


That looks delicious.
I love lemon stuff.

Danette said...

Do you not know that I am a huge sucker for lemon treats? Now I'm going to have to make these and yes, I will end up eating the majority all by myself.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

Looks delish. I bet it smells great too.

Valerie said...

Yummy! Can't wait to try these.

Joy For Your Journey said...

Wow, thank you!! I love all thing lemon!!

Connie said...

A garden party! Your table looks so pretty and those lemon bites look delish!

Great quote. Enjoy your summer!

Sondra said...

Yummy! It's nice to have you back to the blog world. I've quit commenting so much and trying to get a balance, but I still read everything. It's been wonderful to hear from you on my blog too. I'm excited to see more of your beautiful crafts and goodies. You are awesome! Welcome back to the net :-D

marciea casselman said...

Will you come and cook for me and make me delicious tastes of summer?
I'm going to try that with frozen lemonade concentrate.

Yvonne said...

I love Paula Deene, too.

And I love lemon. Thanks for the recipe.

Jenny said...

I am such a paula deene fan, I gotta give this a try.

Doran & Jody said...

Oh slurp!
Can you just make me some of these and I will come get them?

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mickey said...

Thanks Paula Dean. It is a delicious recipe of Lemon Blossoms. Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster.

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Andy said...

Serve with a garden party, chicken, salad, bread, chilled pickle spears, fresh fruit and lemonade. Lemonade tip wash with fresh lemon slice and you can add frozen lemonade concentrate.

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johnpoll said...

WONDERFUL! Perfect as written, but i like to add cream instead of milk.I think that brown sugar would be better than white sugar.

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sumidubi said...

So good and so easy! My favorite combination!very delicious and easy to make. This is the second time I've made this and it is a fabulous recipe.

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virubush said...

This is truly a great recipe.This is my new favorite side dish! My family and I could not stop eating it!

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