A perky cupcake with sunny personality is the perfect mid-afternoon bite. This particular lemon meringue treat takes a cue from the classic icebox pie. The zesty cake gets a spring in its step with a vibrant lemon curd filling and a jaunty meringue bouffant with a toasty touch that mirrors the sun-kissed tan of all those pretty girls in tropical bikinis laying out by the crystalline swimming pool.
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Who doesn't love lemon pie (with or without the meringue topping)? It's certainly always been a favorite of mine. But sometimes you just don't want to make the curd. It's not that it's hard, exactly, though it does involve separating a whole lot of eggs. That's why I was excited to try out Durkee's Lemon Pie Filling mix ($1.18). Just two egg yolks and few tablespoons of sugar would yield a smooth-yet-stable curd filling with real citrus flavor. Was it too good to be true?