Erica is part of the WOBM Hometown Crew. She’s young and she has dreams.  And in some way, we think we’re helping her get closer to her dream.  She wants a bakery/sweet shop and you know what, she’ll have one someday!  But for now she bakes for The Ocean County Breakfast Show every Friday morning and shares her everything home-made goodies!

This week's sweet is a play on the "refreshing" sweet treat Strawberry Lemonade.

It's a lemon cupcake with buttercream frosting and strawberry jam on top.  This tasty sweet is perfect for a Summertime picnic or party.  Very tasty!

Frosting:

3 - 4 cups confectionary sugar

1 cup softened salted butter

1 tsp. vanilla

3 - 4 tsp.  half & half (or milk)

Erica's Baking Tip Of The Week:

It's simple to take a classic recipe and give it a new twist.  For the lemon cupcakes I used my vanilla cake recipe but incorporated some new flavors.  I used the juice of 1 1/2 medium lemons which is roughly 3 tbls. of lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon.  You can use more or less for tartness.  This will work with almost any flavoring.