Lemon-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on May 26, 2011

I love baking not only because it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge my sweet tooth, but because I can shower my friends and family with sweet goodies. Sharing my creations is just as much fun as eating them myself. Well, almost.

Which is why, when I heard about the Duncan Hines® 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge to raise funds for Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale to help end childhood hunger, I jumped for joy. I get to bake and help spread the word about ending childhood hunger? Yes please!

Now through July 24th, 2011 the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge provides bakers with the opportunity to win fabulous prizes including one of five trips for two to Los Angeles and seats on the Red Carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Every week the participants who raise the most funds for Share Our Strength have the opportunity to earn a matching donation from Duncan Hines.

How awesome is that?

To get started, visit the Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge web site and simply sign-up to host a Great American Bake Sale and then send in Duncan Hines Box Bottoms for a Chance to Win One of Five Trips to Los Angeles for seats on the Red Carpet at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

If you need some bake sale inspiration, DuncanHines.com has plenty of tasty recipes such as the zesty and creamy Lemon Chocolate Cupcakes {recipe below}. There’s also an instructional video on the Duncan Hines Facebook page for a refreshing take on these decadent chocolate cupcakes.

And now, on to the good stuff. The recipe. Chocolate. Lemon. Cream cheese. Oh my!

This recipe was provided to me by Duncan Hines, but it was the first time I’ve attempted to make a filled cupcake. Let me just say, it’s not nearly as impossible as it sounds.

Let me demonstrate.

You bake the rich, chocolatey cupcakes and allow them to cool. Then using a pairing knife, cut a small hole in the cupcakes, about the size of a nickel. Be sure not to cut more than 2/3’s of the way down. Start by inserting the knife into the cupcake at a slight angle, then slowly turn the cupcake in a complete circle while cutting. See, it’s easy!

Chocolate Cupcakes: Ready to be filled

Fill the cupcake with the lemon filling, licking your fingers as you go.

Chocolate Cupcakes: Filled with lemon

Then top with the sweetly-tart cream cheese frosting.

Lemon-Filled Cupcakes: Frosted

To finish it all off, decorate with a lemon drop, your favorite lemon candy or a few yellow sprinkles.

Lemon-Filled Cupcakes

Then share with your friends. Because that’s the best part. That, and licking the frosting bowl clean.

Lemon-Filled Cupcakes

Lemon-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 14 cupcakes

Lemon-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Lemon-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Triple Chocolate® Decadent Cake Mix plus ingredients to make cupcakes {eggs, oil, water}
  • 1 cup jarred or homemade {recipe below} lemon curd
  • Lemon Curd
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 tub Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Instructions

    Lemon-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Bake cupcakes as directed on the package and let cool completely.
  2. Using a paring knife, cut a small inverted cone out of the top center of the cupcake. Cut no more than 2/3 of the way down into the cupcake.
  3. Fill the empty space in the cupcake with lemon curd (about one teaspoon).
  4. Lemon Curd
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk eggs together.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  7. Microwave in 1 minute increments until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 3 minutes for my microwave.
  8. Stir, cover and store in the fridge.
  9. Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  10. Using a fine grater, take off the yellow zest of the entire lemon.
  11. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze juice into a small bowl.
  12. Stir the lemon zest to the cream cheese frosting.
  13. Start by adding one teaspoon of lemon juice to the frosting. Mix and taste.
  14. For a stronger lemon taste add 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  15. Add a drop of yellow food color to frosting and mix in thoroughly.
  16. Frost filled cupcakes cupcakes and serve.
http://www.alli-n-son.com/2011/05/26/lemon-chocolate-cupcakes/

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1 Robin May 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm

These look so good! I have come to love lemon treats in the past few years…and these are combined with chocolate!

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2 Ann Kroeker May 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

How exciting! I get to hear about a great cause AND see step-by-step instructions for filling cupcakes! Those are gorgeous, Alli. Thanks so much for linking this to Food on Fridays.

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3 trisha May 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm

great links again this week! Thank you for the invite very much. I adore your posts/blog. take care.

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4 Hazel Moon May 27, 2011 at 2:04 am

Your photos are great! Lemon curd is new to me – – but I saw a jar at the store the other day and wondered if it was pudding. I will be lazy and purchase the jar and then try your cup cakes. They look delicious.

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5 Cares and Mimi May 27, 2011 at 7:08 am

God Morning Alli! The chocolate lemon cupcakes look so beautiful! This week we’ve linked up two sweet recipes – rhubarb compote with vanilla bean ice cream and Mimi’s strawberry meringue pie! Have a wonderful weekend – Cares

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6 jessica May 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

those sound amazing. I am linking up and old post but a goody! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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7 Aimee May 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

Those cupcakes look divine! I have never made lemon curd, now I want to try! Thanks for sharing, and hosting!
-Aimee

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8 Anncoo May 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

Thanks Alli for hosting for Sweet Tooth Friday. I just linked up my Yuja Chiffon Cake.
Have a great weekend.

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9 Heather at Willow Cottage May 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for letting me know about your Sweet Tooth link up. I was flattered and very happy to add my raspberry sauce to the list.

Your cupcakes look incredible. I LOVE lemon curd. I can’t wait to try these. :-)

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10 mickey May 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Love them!
mickey

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11 Susan May 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Lemon and Chocolate…my mother would have loved this combination! XOXO

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12 viv @ vivre May 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

wow, this looks so yummy. i am really craving chocolate today and this is making my mouth water!

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13 Heather @girlichef May 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Well, I don’t see how you could go wrong with both lemon and chocolate…these are absolutely mouthwatering!

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14 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies May 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Mmm, that chocolate lemon combo looks delish. I definitely want a bite of them. I linked up this week with my Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bread. It tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.

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15 Laura Ingalls Gunn May 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Oh thank you so very much for the invitation to join in on the fun! Boy do I love sweets. Lemon curd is one of my favorites and those cupcakes arekilling me! :)

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16 Mid-Atlantic Martha May 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thanks for the invitation to your party. Your recipe sure looks wonderful!

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17 Ali May 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thank you again for hosting. Have a great week! 😀

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18 Lamb May 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Ooooh hoo hoo, these look amazingly delicious! I’m usually only into desserts that are chocolatey, but for some reason have been craving everything lemon this weekend. This looks perfect! :)

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19 Amanda-The Sweet Details June 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Hey I host a blog hop and I’d LOVE if you came over and shared a recipe! Here’s the link :) http://thesweetdetail.blogspot.com/search/label/Savory%20Sunday

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20 Kathryn June 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

These sound so delicious and are so pretty! Thanks for linking up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday!

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You share the yummiest recipes!!
Thank you so much for linking this up as well!
Hugs,
Vanessa

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