Lemon Cupcake with Cheesecake Frosting

My Be Well Story: Katrine Gahol, OHEA Cupcake Contest Winner

Katrine Gahol - OHEA Cupcake Contest WinnerFollowing the success of last year’s cookie contest at the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) conference, the Manitoba Canola Growers hosted a cupcake contest for OHEA’s annual conference this past March.

The contest was blind judged by Pay Chen, former Winnipeg TV host who now calls Toronto home, and Ellen Pruden, Education and Promotion Manager at MCGA. The winning cupcake was a decadent Lemon Cupcake with Cheesecake Frosting submitted by Katrine Gahol. It beat out the other 20 entries for first place.

Katrine, a second year student in the Nutrition and Food program at Ryerson University entered the contest on a whim.  She didn’t know about the contest until some friends suggested she enter it.

The creation

The cupcake recipe was based off Katrine’s favourite vanilla cake recipe. She experimented to get its density just right and enjoyed coming up with the perfect flavour. Two flavours that didn’t make the cut were chocolate and green tea. “The green tea one was too bitter,” Katrine laughs. She decided with lemon and got really creative with the frosting. Cream cheese frostings are popular, but she had never seen a frosting that was cheesecake-flavoured, so she decided to go for it.  The result was the luscious combination of lemon and cheesecake that resulted in first place.

Professional Development

This was Katrine’s first time attending the OHEA conference. She is always looking for learning opportunities and went to the conference because she wanted to learn more about home economics, an area that is not very familiar to her.

She entered the Nutrition and Food program with the goal of becoming a dietitian. After almost two years in the program she has learned there are many more options and has discovered other areas she enjoys. “Product development is an area that interests me,” Katrine admits. “I like the food science it involves.” However, she hasn’t dismissed anything yet, “I am still considering becoming a dietitian.”

In the meantime, she is enjoying taking in the program and all it has to offer. Learning more and more about food everyday is her favourite part of the program. “Being able to meet people who have the same interests,” is a close second she says.

Be Well…Wendy

Lemon Cupcake with Cheesecake Frosting

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Ingredients for Lemon Cupcakes:

3 eggs (3 )
1 1/2 cup sugar (375 mL)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (2 mL)
1 cup 2% milk (250 mL)
1/2 cup canola oil (125 mL)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (560 mL)
3 1/2 tsp baking powder (17 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
2 Tbsp lemon juice (30 mL)

Directions for Lemon Cupcakes:

1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl a couple of times.
2. Continue to beat ingredients on high for 3 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, line 2 muffin pans with paper cups.
4. Divide batter into 24 paper cups.
5. Bake cupcakes at 350F for approximately 18-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of cupcakes comes out clean.

Ingredients for Cheesecake Frosting:

8 oz cream cheese (250 g)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (15 mL)
1/2 cup sugar (125 mL)
2 eggs (2 )

Directions for Cheesecake Frosting:

1. Beat together cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar.
2. Continue beating, adding the eggs one by one.
3. Heat the mixture over medium heat, continuously stirring until the mixture reaches a very thick consistency.
4. Refrigerate the mixture for about an hour. The mixture will continue to thicken in the fridge.