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Bake Sale for Kids a Sweet Success (and Lemon Cupcakes)

April 22nd, 2010 · 10 Comments

The DC Food Blogger Bake Sale for Share our Strength, held this past Saturday at Eastern Market, was a great success. We got off to a slow and chilly morning, but business picked up as the crowds grew throughout the morning. I’m pleased to report that we raised $612 to fight child hunger right here in DC — plus a sizable donation of leftover goodies to The Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria. And overall, the National Food Blogger Bake Sales raised … over $16,500!

We had about a dozen bakers providing tasty treats that included cookies, cake balls, biscotti, pound cake, whoopie pies, lemon bars, pretzels, cupcakes, granola and even dog biscuits. Here are some of our volunteers as we set up in the morning:

Ken of Indoor Garden(er), Colleen of FoodieTots, Sally of Come to the Table, Cathy of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen, Martha of A Measured Memory, Amber of Live Love to Bake

My contribution was lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting. I had a hard time finding a simple lemon cupcake recipe, but the Barefoot Contessa came through with a cake recipe that was easily adapted to make yummy, moist, pound cake-like cupcakes. I got too late a start baking to put the Foodie Tot to work in the kitchen, but he contributed his artistry on our signs.

Recipe: Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from Ina Garten/Food Network


  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • zest and juice of 1 large lemon (1/4 cup juice)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare cupcake liners in lightly greased muffin tin. In bowl of mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and lemon zest and mix until combined. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon extracts. Gradually add flour and buttermilk mixtures to the mixer bowl, mixing until batter is just combined. Bake 17-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Cool thoroughly before frosting. Makes 2 dozen.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting (Organic)


  • 2 8-ounce boxes of organic cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons organic unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Instructions: Cream butter and cream cheese in bowl of mixer until smooth. Add sugar, mixing at medium speed until smooth, then add vanilla and lemon extracts and mix another minute. Add additional sugar if needed to reach desired consistency. Frosting will be soft, so you may want to refrigerate for 30 minutes before frosting cupcakes. Makes enough to frost 2 dozen cupcakes, and then some.

Here are some of the other treats shared on Saturday: Cathy from Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen’s Fregolatta and Nutty Fruity Granola; Martha of A Measured Memory’s Oatmeal Cherry Pecan Cookies; Dskco of Lunching in the DMVs Pound Cake; lemon bars and whoopie pies from Sally of Come to the Table; and the strawberry rhubarb jam that filled Jenna of The Modern Domestic’s oatmeal cookie sandwiches. Thanks everyone who baked, shopped and helped spread the word!

Tags: baked goods · baking · cooking with kids · food benefits · recipes

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction // Apr 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Glad to hear that the DC sale went so well… Great job!
    .-= Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction┬┤s last blog post ..Smokey Black Bean Soup =-.

  • 2 Kenneth Moore // Apr 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Colleen, it was a wonderful time baking (burning) and setting up with you and everyone else! I’m glad we raised a good chunk of money, and next time, I’m not going to worry about buying organic. ­čśŤ

    I (finally) posted about the bake sale. It has been a hectic few weeks. I just linked to previous mention of the recipes, but the brittle hadn’t been posted before, so I noted how to make it if anyone wants to try!
    .-= Kenneth Moore┬┤s last blog post ..Bake Sale =-.

  • 3 The Little Foodie // Apr 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    AH! I wish I had done this. I’m so bad at marketing. :) Those cupcakes sound awesome.
    .-= The Little Foodie┬┤s last blog post ..Keeping Your Kid Occupied While You Cook: Straw Necklace =-.

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