Well, I just didn’t have a layer cake in me this weekend, and I especially could not reach deep enough to make a buttercream with 3 sticks of butter. Softening an entire pound of butter for cake and frosting is hard to swallow when you have no real occasion for it.

I did consider just making a smaller version of the cake, but my parents came to visit this weekend and we were out and about walking around DC, shopping, and eating. So it was easier and less time consuming to whip up a batch of cupcakes when I had some down time. Besides, I did my fair share of pigging out on delicious food and dessert this weekend, I certainly did not need a cake at home on top of all that.

Follow up:

I had some Reynolds star shaped cupcake molds laying around the house so I decided to use them and make some festive July 4th mini cakes. I split the batter in two bowls and added a generous amount of blue food coloring to one of them. So the cupcakes were blue and white. For the red I topped some of the cakes with strawberry raspberry jam and the rest got a sprinkling of red decorating sugar.

This is an extremely easy cake to make and pretty yummy. I really loved how bright the lemon flavor turned out to be from not only lemon zest, but also lemon extract. (I originally bought this lemon extract for the controversial “eggy” lemon custard cups, but I have been using it a lot and am loving it.) I imagine that this really helps to cut the richness of the buttercream that is supposed to be paired with this cake. In addition, I found that you could actually taste and smell the tang of the buttermilk in this cake.

Overall, my cupcakes were pretty good. I think I over baked them just a tad so they weren’t as moist and tender as I would have liked them to be. However, the next time I do have an occasion and the desire to make a layer cake I will try this one out for sure (like say my July birthday that is quickly approaching). A nice light lemony cake, layered with vanilla buttercream, raspberry jam, and coconut - I can’t wait!

This Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Carol of mix, mix…stir, stir. Great choice Carol! Check out the other TWD ladies to see some awesome layer cakes. I know the cake porn will be in full swing today.

Very festive!

These Reynolds molds are pretty cool. I also bought them in heart shapes.

For some of them I carefully spread the white batter over the blue…

…for others I just plopped the white batter in and let the chips fall where they may.

I tried to swirl the batter together on a few also, I didn’t really achieve the desired effect.

I like the “plopped” cupcakes better than the neater “spread” cupcakes. They blue tipped stars look pretty cool.