Lemon cup cakes

Lemon cup cakes


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About this recipe: Lemon cupcakes which are very moist, quick and easy to make, topped with an easy lemon buttercream icing.


Makes: 12 cakes

  • 113g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 113g (4oz) butter
  • 60ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 113g (4oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 drops lemon flavouring
  • For the icing
  • 140g (6oz) icing sugar
  • 85g (3 oz) butter
  • 1 drop lemon flavouring
  • 1 tablespoon milk or water, or more as needed

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:22min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Put the 113g sugar and 113g butter in a bowl and cream together well.
  2. Put 60ml milk into a measuring jug and then add 1 egg and give a quick whisk with a fork.
  3. Add the flour and 2 drops lemon flavouring to the butter and sugar mix then pour in the milk and egg and mix together well.
  4. Do a quick taste of the mix to ensure you are happy with the taste before putting the mix into paper cup cake holders.
  5. Bake in oven until a sharp knife inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Leave to cool completely.
  6. To make buttercream icing, Put the icing sugar in a bowl, add the 85g softened butter, 1 drop lemon flavouring and 1 tablespoon milk or water and mix together well. If the icing is too thick, add a very small amount of milk or water.


Don't add icing until cakes are cool or you will end up with a runny mess.


Why not let the kids help make these and decorate with various toppings? They love it. It's also great to let them break out their artistic flair and let them add some colouring. HAVE FUN!

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Reviews (2)


this is a lovely we cake that goes well with a cup of tea and will be making again. - 18 Oct 2010


Very easy to make, however I only managed to get 8 cakes from the batch, I probably used larger cases. The lemon icing tasted wonderful and I will be making these again - 30 Dec 2013

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