I love these zesty little treats with an afternoon cup of tea.
Recipe courtesy of Rachel Allen
Print
Lemon Cupcakes
Total:
1 hr
Active:
20 min
Yield:
12 cupcakes
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr
Active:
20 min
Yield:
12 cupcakes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 ounces caster sugar (superfine)
  • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon (1/2 the zest for the cupcake batter and 1/2 for the icing) 
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the lemon butter icing
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 6 ounces icing sugar (superfine), sifted
  • Finely grated lemon zest, reserved from above
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 12 crystallized flowers, optional

Directions

Special equipment: 12-cup muffin or cupcake pan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Line a 12-cup muffin or cupcake pan with 12 paper liners. 

In a large bowl, or in an electric food mixer, cream the butter until soft. Add the sugar and 1/2 the grated lemon zest, and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, then sift in the flour, and baking powder, and fold into the butter mixture. Alternatively, you can whiz or pulse all the ingredients together in an electric food mixer. 

Divide the mixture evenly among the paper liners, and bake in the preheated oven, until the cupcakes have risen and are golden, about 7 to 10 minutes. When cooked, the center of each cake should be slightly springy to the touch. Remove the cakes from the pan, and place on a wire rack to cool completely before icing. 

To make the lemon butter icing: In a bowl, using a wooden spoon or hand-held electric beater, cream the butter until very soft. Gradually add the sugar, and beat into the butter, along with the remaining 1/2 of the lemon zest and enough lemon juice to soften the icing to a spreadable consistency. 

When the cupcakes are cool, spread a generous heaping teaspoon of lemon butter icing over the top of each one. Decorate the cupcakes with the crystallized flowers, if using.

Categories:
More from:

Sweet Recipes

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Steak Essentials 03:26

Everything you need to know to select and grill a perfect steak.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of Isaac Carter

Lemon Kiwi Cupcake

Lemon Lavender Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of Jazz Smollett

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet Tea Cupcakes with Lemon Sweet Tea Frosting

Recipe courtesy of Heather McDonnell

Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Sour Cream Semifreddo Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman

Vegan Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Berry Filling and Lemon Buttercream

Recipe courtesy of Amy Loch

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman

On TV

Extra Virgin

7:30am | 6:30c

Extra Virgin

8:30am | 7:30c

Extra Virgin

9:30am | 8:30c

Cupcake Wars

10am | 9c

Cupcake Wars

11am | 10c

Cupcake Wars

12pm | 11c

Cake Hunters

1pm | 12c

Cake Hunters

1:30pm | 12:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

2:30pm | 1:30c

Top 5 Restaurants

3:30pm | 2:30c

Guilty Pleasures

4:30pm | 3:30c

Guilty Pleasures

5:30pm | 4:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Choccywoccydoodah

8pm | 7c

Choccywoccydoodah

8:30pm | 7:30c

Cake Wars

10pm | 9c

Cupcake Wars

11pm | 10c

Choccywoccydoodah

12:30am | 11:30c

Cupcake Wars

1am | 12c

Cake Wars

2am | 1c