Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling & Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting, Plus a Giveaway!



This past week has been a whirlwind. We're still unpacking from our move, and since the storage space in the kitchen is lacking we're building our own little kitchen hutch from scratch, which means I've spent the majority of my weekend in and out of home depot and wiping down and staining boards of wood. It is a LOT of work, but it should look really nice in the end so hopefully it will all be worth it. There has also been a lot of rain lately, especially for Los Angeles, so I decided to make some spring-y cupcakes with poppy seed lemon cake, filled with lemon curd, and a bright blueberry frosting inspired by Week of Menu's Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting. I'm hoping that these April showers really will bring May flowers, as most of the seeds I ordered came in the mail these past couple weeks and I've been gardening a lot as a result. I do my seed starting the way my Dad taught me: seeds folded into moist paper towels placed in a plastic sandwich bag in the sun for a few days, then transplanted into starter pots with potting soil. So far, so good, but I realized after my orders came that seed packets always seem to be meant for people with enormous backyards, not the small urban patch of grass at my new place. So, I've decided to share my surplus of seed in a springtime giveaway!


I'm giving away a fun "grow-your-own" postcard set from The Victory Garden of Tomorrow, complete with the postcards you see below, plus three stickers and two temporary tattoos, and 4-5 seeds of each of the following:

  • Low-Growing Green Beans
  • Green Grape Tomato
  • Heartland Hybrid Tomato
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato
  • Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato
  • Purple Cabash Tomato
  • Schiavone Italian Paste Tomato
  • Climbing Tomato
  • Moon and Stars Watermelon
  • Yellow Bush Scallop Summer Squash
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • Burpless Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Cape Gooseberry
  • Prickly-Seeded Spinach
  • Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale
  • Buttercrunch Lettuce
  • Atomic Red Carrot
  • Royal Family Mix Sweet Pea Flower
  • Native Columbine Flower
To enter, please leave a comment on this post. For extra entries, you can:

     - Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment on this post saying you did.
     - Like Adventures in Cooking on Facebook and leave a separate comment on this post saying
        you did.
     - Follow me on Pinterest and leave a separate comment on this post saying you did.

If you already do any of those things, just leave a comment on this post saying you do. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PST April 21st, the winner will be announced April 22nd. Only open to residents of the United States. Best of luck, and enjoy the spring!



Ingredients:

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

2 Eggs
1 and 1/2 Cups Flour
1 and 1/4 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter, softened
1/3 Cup Lemon Juice, plus 1 Tablespoon
3 Tablespoons Grated Lemon Zest
1/3 Cup Sour Cream
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
12 Cupcake Liners


Lemon Curd

1 Egg
1 Egg Yolk
1/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Zest


Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

(1) 1.2 Ounces Package Freeze-Dried Blueberries (I got mine at Whole Foods, also, it's 1.2 ounces in weight, not in volume)
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds (for decoration)


Begin by making the cupcakes. Place the cupcake liners in the cupcake pan and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and mix together all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl, except the poppy seeds and sugar. Set it aside. In another small bowl, mix together the sour cream, milk, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, and set that bowl aside as well. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add the grated lemon zest and then alternate between adding the flour mixture and the lemon juice mixture until they're all completely combined. Stir in the poppy seeds. Evenly distribute the batter between the cupcake liners. Place the cupcake pan in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean.


While the cupcakes are baking, you can prepare the lemon curd. Whisk together the sugar, egg, egg yolk, butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest in the top of a double boiler until combined, (make sure the top of the double boiler isn't actually touching the boiling water, it should hover just above it). Allow the lemon curd to cook for fifteen minutes, stirring every 3 minutes or so, until it thickens. Then remove it from the heat, scoop the lemon curd into a separate bowl, and set it aside to cool.


Once the cupcakes are finished, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature. While they're cooling, you can prepare the frosting. Empty the freeze-dried blueberries into a blender or some kind of bladed mixing device (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until a fine powder forms. Set them aside. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese and the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and the powdered blueberries and mix until a frosting forms.


Once the cupcakes and lemon curd have cooled, scoop 1 teaspoon out of the tops of each of the cupcakes and fill the holes with 1 teaspoon of the lemon curd.


Then, fit a frosting bag with a 9 mm star tip and fill the bag with the frosting. Starting about 1 cm away from the edge of the cupcake, pump out the frosting and continue in a spiral until you reach the center, where you should stop pumping the frosting and pull up and away. Repeat until you have frosted all of the cupcakes. Sprinkle a pinch of poppy seeds over each cupcake, and serve.








123 comments:

  1. Hello! Big fan of your blog :) Always beautiful photographs and delicious recipes.
    My favorite personal photograph:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seventhsamurai/3773602801/
    A photo of my parents and I (5 yrs old) at Disneyland. I remember constantly eating churros and being scared of the Pinocchio ride. Good times :')

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  2. Following you on Twitter. My username: @priscillaphits

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  3. I liked your page on Facebook :)

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  4. I also followed you on Pinterest! My username there is hurrafordeg!

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  5. ooo I love the color of the frosting!

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  6. I love The Victory Garden! They have amazing prints- would love to win!

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  7. This recipe is amazing! I haven't seen a recipe quite like this before. And the icing is great with the powdered blueberries. I once made the mistake of using fresh blueberries - I could only add about 10 before it got too much liquid. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love the color of the frosting. Must be trending this blueberry frosting - gorgeous!

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  9. Already following you on twitter!

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  10. so pretty!

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  11. are freeze dried blueberries the same as frozen blueberries?

    Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea!

      That is a good question, and no they are not the same, freeze-dried blueberries have had all of the moisture removed from them, so they're basically like ultra-dried blueberries, whereas frozen blueberries still have all their moisture. It's important to use freeze-dried blueberries to maintain the right creamy texture in the frosting.

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    2. If I can't find freeze dried blueberries what is an alternative?

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  12. Blueberry cream cheese frosting sounds amazing!

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  13. Started following you on Pinterest!

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  14. I saw this photo on Tastespotting. Wow, these cupcakes are stunning! I would have never thought to use freeze dried blueberries.

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  15. Love the color of the frosting and that it was achieved without food coloring or dye

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  16. oh my goodness, those cupcakes look divine, and I love the color of the frosting!

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  17. while I'm here, I might as well enter your giveaway ;) following on twitter!

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  18. I'm almost certain I'd lick off all of that blueberry cream cheese frosting and leave the cupcakes behind! :)

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  19. Your pictures are just amazing! Kudos.

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  20. Started following you on Pinterest

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  21. Love the color of that blueberry frosting!! Amazing!!!!!!!

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  22. Oh my those cupcakes are beautiful! I love to colorful garnder art- what a great contest! Thanks for the offer! jessica rivera

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    1. Yikes typos- I love colorful garden art. I have posters of Alaska's wild berries and flowers in my hallway! Thanks again for sharing your seeds with others. -jessica

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  23. The cupcakes look beautiful! Would love to win the giveaway!

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  24. The cupcakes look amazing. What an awesome idea for flavour combination!

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  25. Love this recipe, can't wait to try. The color of that frosting is to dye for...lol!

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  26. What an awesome recipe! Thanks, it was delish! Also, what an awesome giveaway!

    catharine [dot] ellie [at] gmail [dot] com

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  27. Anther wonderful recipe!!! Keep 'em coming ! Aunt L

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  29. This looks amazing! I love the purple color to the frosting

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  30. Lemon, blueberries, and poppy seeds...This recipe has all the amazing flavors you can think of. I cant wait to try.

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  31. Lovely giveaway! And what a lovely recipe!

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  32. beautiful work!! The cupcakes look gorgeous and I love the pairing of lemon and blueberries! Thanks for linking back to my blog!

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    1. Anytime, your frosting was GORGEOUS and inspiring!

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  33. Just found your blog. Amazing stuff! I can't wait to try many of the things. Including these!

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  34. the color of that frosting is beautiful... and looks delicious!

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  35. Love the recipe. I was drawn to the beautiful color of the icing. Would love to try it!

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  36. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT! :-)

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  37. Your blog is amazing! These look wonderful.
    pittman.cherry@gmail.com

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  38. Came here through Tastespotting because the colour the blueberries give the icing are divine and drew my eye completely. These look really tasty :)

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  39. I followed you on Twitter (username:joshandsaradav)

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  40. Liked you on Facebook and following you on Pinterest.

    Exquisite food photography! Must try this recipe. Thank you for sharing your many talents.

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  41. Wow, I made lemon poppy seed muffins with morning, and they can't hold a candle to how beautiful these are! What lovely colors. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  42. Would LOVE to win this...and devour these cupcakes!

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  43. Also, following you on Pinterest...

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  44. What a fun prize! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I follow you on Twitter (@catie_russo)

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  46. Can you get the same frosting result by using dried blueberries vs freeze dried?

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    1. I don't think it would be quite the same, since dried blueberries still have some moisture in them. But if you wanted to try it with dried blueberries, you would still need to blend it in a food processor/blender, and would probably need to add more powdered sugar to help absorb the moisture and keep the frosting from getting too moist/runny. Maybe 2 or 3 cups of powdered sugar instead of just 1 cup. The color would probably not be as bright purple, either, and I'm not sure about how much dried blueberries you would need. Maybe 3/4 cup? Let me know how it turns out if you try it that way :)

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    2. Wow, I am happy to say that dried blueberries also work well. I don't think I get as brilliant of a color, but it still looks great, has a great texture, and color! Many thanks!

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  47. These cupcakes look so good! I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Victory Garden of Tomorrow!

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  48. I am following you on pinterest!

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  49. I'm excited to try these new cupcakes!
    PS. I love your Cutco knives!

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  50. For the first time in a long time I get to have a garden again this year! How perfect. I'm also really excited to try those lemon poppy seed cupcakes.

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  51. I've been dying to start a garden! This would be the perfect motivation!

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  52. I'm following you on twitter.

    www.eyeseefaeries.blogspot.com

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  53. I also liked you on facebook.

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  54. I also, also am following you on pinterest! Phew!

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  55. Wow, I am so impressed. Simply stunning. And that frosting! ::gasp:: I love that I don't spy a single drop of food coloring yet it's the most divine shade of purple... I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. As always, but it's a pleasure to be following your creations…

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  56. Interesting frosting! I'm serving cupcakes at my wedding, I'll have to ask my baker lady if she can do this for a few of them!

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  57. Oh yes! This looks so yummy and colourful!

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  58. It looks and sounds delicious, will try it some time.

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  59. I am in the middle of making these cupcakes and just started following you in pinterest.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  60. What a great giveaway! I have saved your recipe - I love lemon. And blueberry. Together = heaven!

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  61. I now follow @emkosmas (@cmouse01)

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  62. Oh wow! so beautiful...manificent ! I want to eat the page! Love anything berry ! I will try this. Thank you!

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  63. How many cupcakes does this make?

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  64. These look amazing! I'm following you on pinterst...

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  65. i love the poppyseed decoration idea it looks so earthy with the poppyseeds and blueberries gives that vibrant colour it is like a flower.

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  66. these look amazing! will try em out.. someday! hehe thanks for the cool idea!

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  67. they look sooo pretty! thx for the excellent idea... will attempt someday ;)

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  68. I adore the purpleness! how fabulous. I love using freeze-dried fruit, I get it ready-powdered. Brilliant :)

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  69. I adore the purpleness! how fabulous. I love using freeze-dried fruit, I get it ready-powdered. Brilliant :)

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  70. I followed you on Pinterest!

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  71. Thanks for sharing your cooking knowledge, it looks yummy!

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  72. I did liked you on FB! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  73. I am now following you on Pinterest.
    Thanks!

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  74. Oh My this recipe is heaven for the lemon lover! I am not making this as a cupcake, but as a cake instead. I doubled the recipe and will put the curd in the center and than frost the cake with a lemon frosting. I tasted the batter and OH MY is it delicious!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  76. I'm now following you on pintrest. I found you by "accident" and immediately put you on Favorites on my bookmarks on my Mac. Love your stuff. Thanks for sharing

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  77. Hi, I love lemon curd and lemon poppy seed muffins but I am not a huge fan of blueberries. Do you think I could substitute frozen strawberries for the blueberries?

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  78. Great cupcakes,very interesting combo.I've featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.

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  79. These cupcakes are beautiful! Just made them for a baby shower tomorrow - have only tasted the batter, which was great, and the frosting (amazing - my mom says it tastes like ice cream) which has the most gorgeous color ever. Only complaint so far is the way you've worded the recipe. Was following along and mixed all the dry ingredients except poppy seeds, and assumed that this included sugar, only to find later that I needed to cream the sugar and butter separately (I expect this with cookies, not necessarily with cakes). Every recipe I've seen that has called for creaming butter and sugar has that as step #1 so I've never had to read ahead to see whether or not sugar is a "dry" ingredient. I doubled the recipe and now have 2x the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt waiting in a tupperware for me to make something else with them after starting over with the butter and sugar...

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    1. I am so sorry! I will remedy that in the recipe asap.

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  80. Eva, Wonderful treat! I like your pictures too.

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  81. Gorgeous! Can't wait to try these for my daughter's birthday!

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  82. Mmmmm, am having such a poppy seed thing going on just now, and these with their purple icing and hidden lemon yumminess just look amazing!!

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  83. I follow you on Pinterest.

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  84. Good morning. I just started following you on Pinterest, Jamie Petry and am in the process of moving also. My husband and I have been discussing where to plant out garden at the new house. Your poppy seed cupcakes look so good. Just made poppyseed muffins for the first time last week for my hubby, I always thought I didn't like them. Boy was I wrong!
    Good luck with all your unpacking!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Moving is always a strange mix of stress and excitement. Garden planning is always the most fun part, I think :) Good luck with yoru move as well!

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  85. love your photos. Liked you on Facebook!

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    1. Thank you so much Helen! I'm glad you like them :)

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  86. Your blog is so well organized. Love the photos! Followed on Twitter.

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  87. would love to make this as a big cake! glad to have a summer birthday..

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    1. Yes, summer birthdays are wonderful! You get to take advantage of the nice warm weather :)

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  88. Tested this recipe tonight and it is amazing! Great balance with the lemon tang and the blueberry frosting. Freeze dried blueberries were very difficult for me to find. Persistence paid off in the end. Almost resorted to ordering online. Thank you for the recipe!!

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    1. So glad you were able to get a hold of those freeze dried blueberries and try it! Thank you for your kind words, I am so happy you liked them :D

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    2. Eva, just wanted to let you know that I was so pleased with these that i posted the recipe on my blog and gave you some love!!! I can't wait to try other recipes on your blog!!! Check out my blog at

      http://choppedcroppedclipped.blogspot.com/2013/05/lemon-poppyseed-surprise-center.html

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    3. Awwww awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing it Melissa!

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  89. Do you think I could substitute lemon juice and lemon zest for lime juice and zest?

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    1. Yes, I actually just did that this weekend with this recipe and it came out great! The lime curd is very tasty spread on English muffins :)

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  90. I am really late to this party, but wow do these look amazing! Does anyone know approximately how many lemons this recipe requires for the zest?

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  91. Following you on Pinterest and Like your FaceBook Page. Love your blog!

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