Green and Purple Aprons & Pistachio & Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

So I woke up this morning (It’s Sunday but I’m lining the post up for later this week) and was craving cake. I don’t know how you feel about Sunday brunch but I crave moist, thick and dense cakes. When looking through my cabinet on what I wanted to surprise people with for brunch I found a fabulous lemon cake batter and was inspired to alter it to make it a fun Lemon and Pistachio cupcake with a lemon butter cream frosting. I also went to one of my favorite apron shops online and found this fabulous green and purple apron to match my mood for the cupcakes.

Green and Purple Apron

Green and Purple Apron

Brunch for me means filling food that are thick and leave you ready for a nap until dinner time. That’s why I love this purple and green apron.  I found these fun purple cupcake holders from mardi gras that were left over and the yellow and green reminded me of the lemons and pistachios that I am using in the batter.  (BTW, you can buy the green and purple apron and find more by clicking on the image or links above).  What you cannot see in this picture, but you can on the site, is that this green and purple apron had extremely long purple straps on the top and the waist straps match the design and pattern of the fabric on the rest of the green and purple apron.  You can use these to tie a purple bow on top or a long elegant one in the back.  It sort of makes cooking and baking more fun when your outfit matches your meals and you can really get a good feeling inside when starting to mix the ingredients which I think helps add love and extra flavor into your dishes.

You always hear Chefs talking about cooking with love.  I completely agree that when you are cooking and feeling the food and putting love into it, it somehow comes out better like your good emotions help make the food more enjoyable, and the people who are eating food made with love can somehow tell and enjoy it more.  Things like this green and purple apron help me to motivate in the kitchen and feel even better about my recipes and put more love into.  I’m sort of tacky in that I always dress and decorate to match my food and themes for the meal, but at the same time it helps me set the mood and really add love into my meals.  I know my friends enjoy it as well and that is one of the reasons I love these apron shops.

Finding these fun designer aprons with the double rows of fringes, extra details and vintage or modern designs really makes it more fun to cook.  When my friends come early to dinner they always love seeing the clothes I’m wearing and these fun styles always get them to want to take pictures and get them in the mood to help.  Everyone loves fun clothing and all of that good energy somehow goes into the food and makes the meal even better.   Anyways, here is what I did to make my lemon and pistachio cupcakes.  I can’t wait for them to come out of the oven.

lemon cupcakes recipe

lemon cupcakes recipe

Lemon and Pistachio Cupcake recipe.

2 or 3 lemons

1 cheese grater

Lemon cake batter – and everything you’ll need for the mix

your favorite butter cream frosting recipe – or a canned version

1/2 cup of shelled pistachio nuts – you can do a full cup if you love them like I do

First mix your lemon cake batter and pour it into the cupcake holders or pan if you are not using holders.  Now drop some of the shelled pistachios in, you may want to chop them first and leave a few whole.  Now place them in the oven for as long as the recipe calls for.  While those are in the oven, make your butter cream or take the canned frosting and squeeze 1 lemon’s juice into it.  (I like to push the lemon against the counter and move it around with pressure before so I can get a ton of juice out).  Now mix the frosting so it all blends in.  (If you want more lemon taste, add more lemon juice).  Now chop 3/4 of the remaining pistachios and leave the rest whole.  You’ll also want to zest the lemons so you get gorgeous yellow zests for decoration.

lemon cupcakes mix

lemon cupcakes mix - my cat loves them too

Now put the icing in an icing bag and when your cupcakes come out and cool off, put the icing on the cupcakes.  (You can also pull out some of the center and pour in some extra pistachios so there is a good fun texture in the middle).  When all of the cupcakes have icing on them, sprinkle the pistachio chunks on them and then lightly drop lemon zests over them.  After you finish with that, take one whole pistachio and lay it on top of the cupcake.  If you really want to be creative, take a lemon wheel and cut 1/4 of it out and let the 3/4 wheel hang from the top to the side of the cupcake.

I absolutely love the smell coming from the oven right now and was inspired by this fun green and purple apron, as well as the ingredients in my cabinet.  If you like this recipe, don’t forget to come back and leave a comment after making it and also to buy the apron above to help keep this blog going.  Thank you for reading and come back soon.

 

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