Pot of Gold Cupcakes – Chocolate Cupcakes with Lemon Mousse Filling

I’m all about traditional foods when it comes to holiday’s. I love diving deep into the roots of a culture and pulling up recipes that were used way back when. My family’s cookbooks and recipe boxes are great for that. They’re filled with recipes from parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on. My step dad’s recipe box goes all the way back to the mid 1700’s (allegedly) with recipes from Ireland, Germany and France.

Sometimes, however, you just want to be creative and cute. You want to make something that’s not necessarily traditional but still fitting to the holiday. Take St. Patrick’s Day for instance. I’ve shared a few of my family’s traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day recipes. These are passed down recipes that represent Ireland, but I want to share yummy American derived St. Patrick’s Day goodies too! And, sometimes, you just have to bring the kids in the kitchen and let them decorate the goodies.

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These Pot of Gold Cupcakes stem from my love of lemon & chocolate combinations. They’re like the Sonny & Cher of the food groups. You keep expecting them not to work out. Sometimes 1 will overpower the other, but when you put them together they make great things happen. It was hard to choose how I wanted my lemon filling. I whipped up some lemon curd and was just going to use that but decided to go an extra step and make a lemon mousse.

Lemon-Curd

All I did was add a cup of whipped cream to the lemon curd. It lightened up the mixture and spread it out so I could fill more cupcakes! I also used my favorite Hershey Cake recipe since it’s one of those that doesn’t need improving. I used the same method of filling the cupcakes as I did with my Mounds Cupcakes. We also used canned white frosting and the kids dyed it green – call me lazy (because I am today!) They came out so good and fluffy; if you’re not on the lemon & chocolate bandwagon take my hand and I’ll pull you in!

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Note: The kids had free reign with the decorating of these cupcakes. They mixed icings, played with decorating tips and made a huge mess. They had an incredible amount of fun though – why not let yours do the same?!

4.9 from 13 reviews
Pot of Gold Cupcakes – Chocolate Cupcakes with Lemon Mousse Filling
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ tablespoon lemon zest
Directions
  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a simmer over medium heat in the bottom of a double boiler.
  2. Whisk the yolks, lemon juice and sugar together in the top of the double boiler.
  3. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon for 7 – 10 minutes or until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. It should be the consistency of sour cream.
  4. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the butter, ¼ tablespoon at a time. Continue to stir until the mixture is uniform.
  5. Add in the lemon zest and stir well.
  6. Place a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper on top of mixture and place in the fridge. Cool for 2 – 4 hours or over night.

 

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Gena - February 24, 2013

Hmm…..I’m not usually a lemon fan but this recipe is very intriguing! I might just have to try it!

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Brandy Myers - February 24, 2013

Wow these look delicious. Lemon and chocolate are made for each other. I think lemon is a filling that goes with just about everything though, the contrast of tart and sweet. Yum!

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Cecile - February 25, 2013

I would have never thought to use lemon filling but this looks delicious!

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Darcy - February 25, 2013

I’m not a big lemon fan but they look delicious! And the kids had fun – that’s the most important thing 🙂

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Maria - February 26, 2013

Your recipes are always to die for! I’m trying these out this week!

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Ashley T - February 26, 2013

I’m not so sure about the lemon in the middle but they look delicious so I’ll give them a try soon. Thanks Amber!

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Liza @ Views From the 'Ville - February 26, 2013

You know, I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever had lemon mousse! I think I may need to give them a try!

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twitter_TheNewModernMom - February 26, 2013

my mouth is watering!

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Laura @ Frugal Follies - February 27, 2013

Looks delish – I must try it! Pinned and shared!

— Laura @ Frugal Follies

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Isra {TheFrugalette}That's - February 27, 2013

Are you kidding me? These look so soooo yummy! I also want to see pics of those recipes! That’s a piece of foodie history!

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Nikki - March 1, 2013

Those look so delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had a lemon cream filled cupcake before. I would love to try them!

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Tiffany C. - March 2, 2013

That cupcake looks so yummy. Never though to pair lemon and chocolate but now that I think about I bet it tastes really good together.

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Angela - March 2, 2013

I love cupcakes with a surprise! Yum!

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Tazim - March 3, 2013

The name itself makes me feel like making these! I like recipes with lemon flavour somewhere in it.

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Heather M - March 4, 2013

These look divine! Thanks for sharing.

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manda - March 4, 2013

These look delicious! Also very nice for St. Patty’s day. It would be kind of neat to have a rainbow cupcake with gold coming out too!

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Karen - March 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I think I’m going to try these for the kids school St Patrick’s Day parties!

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Heather - March 5, 2013

Oh my gosh these look delish! Reminds me of an eclair!

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Beth P - March 10, 2013

These look good! I will have to try these with my daughter for St. Patty’s day- she will LOVE them!

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Heather - March 12, 2013

Those look so good! I want one now… especially the filling!

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twitter_PassportFrugal - March 14, 2013

Oh they look wonderful. The grandchildren will be visiting tomorrow so I think we will try to make these for St. Patty’s Day. Thanks!

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Sarah BB @ East9thStreet - March 16, 2013

Yum! I think you need to come over and bake with me! You’re recipes sound (and look) so delicious!

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Marina - March 17, 2013

Oh my. Look at that gooey deliciousness seeping out. Yum! Pinning this to try later.

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twitter_DealinandDishin - March 17, 2013

I have never made a mousse before. Maybe my brain has turned off, but whipped cream? Is this in refrigerated section and already whipped?

I would have never thought of lemon and chocolate, but really doesn’t everything go with chocolate?

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