27 July 2011

Recipe : The BEST Lemon Cupcakes

This cupcake is perfect for summer. Sometimes chocolate can be a bit heavy when it's warm (maybe not for chocolate lovers like me!). This cupcake will give you a sugar fix whilst being light and refreshing.

I made these for my mums birthday. It's always interesting to see what goes quicker...lemon..or chocolate. I always pressume chocolate but these were gone like hot cakes. The cake is light and lemony. The frosting is mostly creamy but with a slight hint of lemon. I used the zest from the lemons to garnish the cupcake so everyone knew it was lemon flavour (An Ina Garten touch!).

Lemon Cupcakes and Frosting

Ingredients (makes 12)


125g butter 

125g Sugar

1/2 large lemon, finely grated zest only

2 eggs beaten

150g plain/all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder


140g/ 50z butter

200g/7oz icing sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice



Preheat your oven to 180C/gas 4/350f. 

Cream the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add the sugar and 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 mixture.

Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for 7–10 minutes, until risen and golden. When cooked, the centre of each cake should be slightly springy to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and put on a wire rack to cool before you ice them.


The frosting

Beat together the butter, icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth. You can either spread the icing or spoon it into a piping bag and pipe carefully around the cake. Sprinkle lightly with lemon zest to garnish.

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These are definitely a keeper and will be going in my recipe book to make again and again. Go and make these and tell me what you think : )

Happy Wednesday!

Gemma xXx 



  1. they look so yummy!!! i love lemon but i have to admit, chocolate is my all time favorite. i will have to try your recipe for the lemon ones. they are so summery!!!

    hugs, cindy

  2. They sound - and look - delicious!

  3. I didn't believe that these are the best lemon cupcakes! But now I agree with you! They're wonderful!

  4. I just tried this one yesterday and it taste so good. My kids and their friends love this so much. They really ask for more so I bake a 2nd batch of cupcakes. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  5. Thank you for giving it a go! They are SO GOOD!

    Gemma x

  6. Oh these Lemon cupcakes really do look too pretty to eat! They are totally gorgeous!I will surely try your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.


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