We had to make cupcakes for Malachi's boy scout banquet, and he requested lemon. We made the lemon cake yesterday, which is good but only a subtle lemon flavor. Today, Lydia and I made lemon icing, which I made up on the fly and absolutely loved. I don't like most icings, but this was really so good. This recipe frosted 18 cupcakes. It's easy, too:
6 T room temp butter
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
lemon zest, optional
juice of 1 lemon, added slowly
Actually, I think next time I would just replace the milk with all lemon juice. This has a very lemony flavor, and I added the zest so people could guess the flavor by looking at it, and not think it was vanilla or regular white icing. I think I'll try this recipe with orange sometime, since I also have orange extract. I bought the extracts a long time ago, when the bulk store went out of business, and I've decided that they were a good buy. They are usually pretty expensive, but a tiny bit goes a long way. I've also wondered if I could just make more myself, when I run out...
Also, I made Malachi his chicken apron:
He learned how to fry eggs by himself, and has eagerly cooked eggs three times now. So I rewarded him with the apron, and he promptly decided not to help make the cupcakes. Oh, well. At least he's willing to cook sometimes.