Lemon Meringue Surprise Cupcakes

  • Prep Time25-30 minutes
  • Cook Time25-30 minutes
  • Serving 4


1 package lemon cake mix

1-1/3 cups water

1/3 cup canola oil

1 tbsp grated lemon zest

1 cup lemon creme pie filling

3 large egg whites

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup sugar


Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and lemon zest; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 2

Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a very small tip. Fill with pie filling. Push the tip into the top of each cupcake to fill.

Step 3

In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Pipe over tops of cupcakes.

Step 4

Bake at 400° for 5-8 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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