This is one of the rare recipes I didn’t tweak the first time I made it. After all, who is going to mess with Paula Dean?? Not this little chickadee!
I followed the recipe exactly. She said it yielded 60 blossoms but I came up with exactly 48. The yield may depend on the size of your tart/mini muffin pans. I used a teaspoon to fill each cup half full so when the cake rise they don’t come over the top of the cup. The batter is quite thick. Be sure to generously spray the muffin tins. Or you could find yourself washing stuck on muffins out of them so you can do the next batch – just sayin’. Of course if you own pans that will let you make four dozen at once, just disregard – or better not. Everything comes out better with generosity.
One batch was cool when I dipped it into the glaze (thanks insurance company for your fourth call on the same issue. Please look at all the records before you call! Whew – all better now.). The second batch was right out of the oven – didn’t seem to make a difference. Or at least not as much as I expected because I thought the warm cakes would absorb more glaze. I tried several different way of glazing. The one that worked best for me was to put the cake in the bowl of glaze and spoon the glaze over it, then transfer to a fork in my left hand. I held the dripping cake over the broad bowl of glaze while I put in a second cake and repeated the process with my right hand. When the second cake was glazed, the left hand cake had stopped dripping and I transferred it to the rack with the finger of my right hand. Put the second cake on the fork and continue with the process until all were done. I ended up with about a fourth cup of glaze (probably for the last dozen I didn’t have) left over so I drizzled it over the top of all the cakes.
A lemony treat just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth. Perfect for a tea party, buffet table . . . or Easter dinner.
- 1yellow cake mix, 18.25 oz
- 1 instant lemon flavored pudding mix, 3.4 oz.
- 4 large eggs
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 lemon)
- ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray miniature muffin or tart pans with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, and ¾ cup oil and beat for 2 minutes. Batter will be very thick.
- Spoon batter into each muffin cup using a teaspoon to fill them no more than half full.
- Bake for 12 minutes until just turning golden. Turn cakes out of the pan while warm.
- In a medium bowl, sift confectioners' sugar.
- Add lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, and water, stirring until smooth.
- Dip the cakes into the glaze while warm, taking care to thoroughly cover each cake.
- Place the cakes on a wire rack with wax paper underneath to catch the drips.
- Let glaze set firmly before storing in an airtight container.
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These are going to be on my Easter brunch menu! They look heavenly!
Krista Low says
These sound fabulous. I love citrus and anything sweet!
Countrified Hicks says
Wow! These look like they would just simply melt in your mouth. I would love for you to come share these on my weekly link up that just went live for the week. http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/02/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-4.html
These look so delicate, yet flavorful! I’d love to try them without the cake mix, but it’s hard to get the same moisture level when you do that. Definitely something for me to try out! Thanks for the inspiration and recipe. 🙂
Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com says
These sound yummy! I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party. 😀