Wartime Menu Challenge: May - Lemon Molasses Cupcakes
May didn't turn out like I expected.
Midway through the month, my husband's mom flew in to lend a hand for two weeks, and we ripped out our kitchen! It's been needing it for a long time, and now that we're planning on selling our house we're finally getting around to it. Isn't that always the way? Sigh.
Well, packing up a kitchen to make way for the crowbar doesn't exactly make it easy to do any fancy cooking, or any cooking for that matter. This was really frustrating, but I guess it was to be expected. Last Sunday was a lull in the construction storm, so I took the opportunity to haul out my flour, spices, and muffin tins to make one last recipe from May's menus before June arrived. I am so glad I picked this recipe, because it is the bomb!
The wartime baking method comes into play with using only a 1/2 cup sugar and the other 1/2 cup sweetener coming from the molasses. They don't really scream "try me!" unless you really, really love molasses. I do like molasses, but it's not my most favorite thing in the world. And pairing it with lemon? I'll be honest. I was really skeptical. The batter tasted promising and my kids approved too. So that was a good start. They baked up nice and lovely. I had some store-bought lemon frosting sitting around, so I put that on top of a warm cupcake and took a bite.
The 1940s strike again, people! I just really love how I'm continually surprised by these wartime ration recipes.
I hope you give these special cupcakes a try. They are truly magical!
Lemon Molasses Cupcakes
Meal Planning Guide, May 1943