How to Eat a Cupcake

When reading Meg Donohue’s debut novel, How to Eat a Cupcake, the descriptions of cupcakes made my mouth water.   I’ve always been something of a baked goods aficionado, so I swooned over her descriptions of organic pear and chai tea cupcakes, or vanilla-ginger buttercream cupcakes, or pink lemonade cupcakes, or…you get the idea.  So when I heard that Meg’s friend Alyce Shields, pastry chef at San Francisco’s acclaimed Bar Bambino, had developed a Meyer lemon cupcake recipe inspired by the ones mentioned in the book, I knew I had to try it.

And let me tell you: these were some of the best—and simplest—cupcakes I’ve ever made.  The lemon flavor came from fresh zest, as well as a quick and easy lemon syrup that I brushed over the top of the cupcakes as soon as they came out of the oven.   The recipe was straightforward, too – I was pulling my finished cupcakes out of the oven less than an hour after I started mixing together the ingredients.  And even though my grocery store didn’t carry Meyer lemons, I used regular lemons instead and the cupcakes tasted amazing.   The mascarpone frosting was divine—rich and creamy, but lighter than a traditional cream cheese frosting (and so much easier to make).

You won’t be able to find this recipe online anywhere, but if you pre-order How to Eat a Cupcake before the on sale date of March 13th, Meg will email it to you!  Just email hellomegdonohue AT gmail DOT com with “I Pre-ordered” in the subject line, and she’ll email you the recipe for Meyer lemon cupcakes with mascarpone frosting, developed exclusively for How to Eat a Cupcake readers by Alyce Shields of Bar Bambino.

For more with Meg Donohue, visit her website, become a fan on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.  Make sure to check out the reading group guide for How to Eat a Cupcake and Meg’s tour schedule.

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3 Responses to “How to Eat a Cupcake”
  1. Cahaya says:

    Ohoho, dva nova njami bloga v mojem arhivu. Pravlepahvala.Hvaležna za namig za loinimn-ginger kolač (obožujem ginger in moja nesestra zna narediti thebestoff zvrnjeni jabolčno-gingerni kolač ever).A veš kaj bi mene čirapalo??? Kakšna nova denarnička v tvojem virtualnem šopu;) jaaaa, saj vem da bo.

    • Naomi says:

      i just discovered your blog via fokweadogr. I clicked the link because your cupcake sounded amazing (which I still believe to be true) however now that I’m here, I’m more impressed by your photos! You have a very unique and artistic approach to food photography!

  2. Just made lemon cupcakes with yellow tinted lemon buttercream frosting. It was my birthday and I craved one. Thank goodness I have grandchildren who ate all but a couple of them! 🙂

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