Servings: 12

Weight Watcher Smart Points: 17

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 50 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (3 lemons)
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners spray with baking spray.In mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  3. Add in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.Fill the muffin cups with batter
  5. Bake for about 19 - 20 minutes
  6. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, cut a deep hole in the center of each cupcake, using a melon baller or small pairing knife.While cupcakes are bakingIn a glass or stainless steel bowl place eggs, sugar and lemon juice and whisk to blend
  7. Place bowl over simmering water
  8. Cook, stirring constantly (to prevent it from curdling), until the mixture becomes thick like yogurt
  9. This will take approximately 10 minutes.Remove from heat and immediately pour through a fine strainer to remove any lumps
  10. Cut the butter into small pieces and whisk into the mixture until the butter has melted
  11. Add the lemon zest and let cool.The lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools
  12. Cover immediately with plastic wrap
  13. Place wrap directly on curd so a skin doesn't form and refrigerate until cold at least 30 minutes
  14. The lemon curd can be made several days (up to a week) in advance.After curd is completely cool take a spoon and fill each hole in cupcake.In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine
  15. Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form
  16. Spread or pipe frosting on each cupcake
  17. You can store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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