Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lemon Blossoms for Thanksgiving

I can't believe it's almost Christmas and I haven't even blogged about Thanksgiving! It was a great Thanksgiving. Lots to eat and lots of time spent with family. My daughter came home for four days for Thanksgiving. Those of you who visit me regularly know that she brought home this sweet little angel.

This little cutie is Chorizo. I call her Precious. Precious is coming back tonight and will be here until Saturday, so I may not get a lot of blogging done as I'll be doing a lot of puppy playing.

But the real point of my post today is to share with you what I did on the last day my daughter was home at Thanksgiving. It was just the two of us and it started out with us sharing a bottle of the bubbly.

I absolutely adore Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante Sparkling Wine Champagne. My daughter bought a couple of bottles as we love to share Mimosas in the morning with French Toast, but due to Black Friday shopping (her) and puppy sitting (me) we never got around to a leisurely morning of Mimosas and French Toast.

So instead we baked. Ok, well I baked she played with the puppy, watched Cake Boss, hung out with me and drank Bubbly. It was fun and it kept the house warm and cozy. I'm not sure if that was due to the bubbly or the oven being on. But it was fun.

We baked Lemon Blossoms. My daughter had made these last Christmas and everyone fell in love with them. She left her mini muffin pan with me so that I could make them and it's almost Christmas again and I had never yet made I did at Thanksgiving.

Voila! Lemon all their glory.

Lemon Blossoms up close and personal!

These little gems are so easy to make and taste sooooooo delicious. I tweaked the recipe a little bit because I love the taste of lemon, so they were so lemony that people's lips puckered when they first bit through the crispy, crunchity, lemony glaze covering.

But they got over it soon enough and everyone loved them. I didn't take step by step photos cause there was a puppy to play with and a daughter to visit with and Bubbly to drink...but here's some photos of a few stages.

Hot out of the oven!

Popped out of the pan...PERFECTION!

A close up of PERFECTION!

Mmmm, the lemony glaze. Pardon the bits and pieces of previously dipped blossoms.
Loving the color of my lime colored bowl with lemon glaze in it!

Voila yet again...Lemon Blossoms!

One minor mistake I made that my daughter didn't point out until I had completely finished is that I didn't dip the whole mini cupcake in the glaze. I just dipped the top and let it run down the side. When she made them, she dipped the whole cake in there.

The recipe for these Lemon Blossoms are from Paula Deen from the Food Network website. Here's a picture of Paula Deen's Lemon Blossoms.

Recipe for Lemon Blossoms


  • 18 1/2-ounce package yellow cake mix
  • 3 1/2-ounce package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray miniature muffin tins with vegetable oil cooking spray. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs and oil and blend well with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour a small amount of batter, filling each muffin tin half way. Bake for 12 minutes. Turn out onto a tea towel

To make the glaze, sift the sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, oil, and 3 tablespoons water. Mix with a spoon until smooth.

With fingers, dip the cupcakes into the glaze while they're still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible, or spoon the glaze over the warm cupcakes, turning them to completely coat. Place on wire racks with waxed paper underneath to catch any drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly, about 1 hour, before storing in containers with tight-fitting lids.

I'm linking up with Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.

The great thing is that Michael, our hostess for Foodie Friday also features a pretty pet in her Foodie Friday post... go see...hurry! WAIT, before you go, please feel free to comment and again if you like what you see and read, please sign up to follow. Have a great weekend all!


  1. Alicia, oh my mouth is puckering just wanting a lemony bite of those blossom cookies! Hope your finger is all better from your smashing of it! My head is feeling better and I only get dizzy when I look up or down now. What an improvement from four weeks ago! Hope you are having fun with your holiday preparations.
    Blessings, Sue

  2. Thanks for sharing. I'll be making these. They look delicious!

  3. Alicia--This looks and sounds like a great recipe and would be great for spring and Easter too! Precious is,... well,... just precious! I am puppysitting a shih tzu baby until Christmas when Santa will deliver her to a friend's children...I hope she doesn't turn up missing :)

  4. I have made orange blossoms but never lemon blossoms. It sounds good and puckery! LOL

  5. Alicia, these look really good. Paula Deen comes up with some amazing recipes. Have a great Foodie Friday.

  6. Lemon blossoms are perfect on these cold, gray winter days--a little bite of sunlight to keep us going. Chorizo is so adorable! I know you will have a great time playing with him.

  7. I love lemon! I like the way the glaze drips down the side and that's just how I'm going to do mine! lol

  8. Sue - My finger is doing much better, thanks for asking. And I'm so glad to hear you're doing better but sad to hear you're still experiencing some dizziness :-(

    Lena - I went a little overboard on the lemon juice, I used way more than what was called for. Let me know what you think.

    susan - MIA shih tzu huh? I think Precious may just go missing too! Have fun puppysitting!

    Jeanette - Oooo, orange blossoms...mmm, those sound good.

    Mary - I love Paula Deen, love the accent and love her boys. Love Food Network period. Especially Bobby Flay *swoon*

    Michael Lee West - Thanks so much for stopping by Michael, and thanks for hosting. I don't usually get to join a Foodie Friday, I'm not a great Foodie, lol. Although I love food.

    Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut - I kind of liked the dripping too. I wonder what it would look like with light blue food color at New Years. I don't know why but blue seems a New Years color to me.

  9. I'm so yearning for these frosted wonders!!! They look fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing and have a happy FOODIE FRIDAY! Coralie

  10. These sound so good--I'm itching to get the store and get some lemon pudding mix so I can make these soon!

  11. My mouth is watering!
    I like when one gets messed up when you pop them out, because I eat the imperfect ones:)
    Looks like fun!

  12. Now these sound amazing! I love lemon flavored deserts! I will definetely have to try these! ...and you mentioned Cake that show! He makes his creations look so easy! :) I love to hear him say "fondant!" We don't exactly saying it the way he does, here in the south! LOL!

    The puppy is just too cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment! :) ~Rhonda

  13. Chorizo is adorable!!! I want one NOW!!! TFS the recipe...friend of mine just gave me bagful of lemons from her tree...and this is just perfect!

  14. Alicia,
    Those lemon blossoms look sooooo good...thanks for sharing the recipe!


  15. Excellent post, sweetie! I can almost smell the lemon...I love lemon! It's refreshing and summery....I'll definitely check these out.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your daughter....ah, mimosas...yummy. And puppy? Adorable!


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