About this recipe:Here is the recipe I use to make beautifully light and delicious lemon cupcakes. I wanted to use cream for a less buttery icing and they turned out perfect!
Makes: 30 cupcakes
For the lemon cupcakes
375g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
400g caster sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons lemon zest
235ml milk, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
For the lemon icing
475ml double cream
90g icing sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:17min › Ready in:47min
Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Line cupcake tins with paper cases.
Sift self-raising flour and salt together in a bowl. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating each egg until incorporated before adding the next. Mix in vanilla and lemon zest.
Gently beat flour mixture into butter mixture, one third at a time, alternating with half the milk and half the lemon juice after each of the first 2 additions of flour. Beat until just combined; do not over mix. Fill prepared cupcake cases with cake batter, about 3/4 full.
Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre of one cupcake comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in the baking tins for about 10 minutes before removing them to finish cooling on a wire rack.
To make the icing: beat double cream in a chilled bowl with an electric mixer set on Low until cream begins to thicken. Add icing sugar and lemon juice, a little at a time, beating after each addition, until fully incorporated. Increase mixer speed to High, and beat until icing forms soft peaks, about 5 minutes. Spread on cooled cupcakes; keep any leftovers in the fridge.
These cakes were just perfect. I wanted to make a cupcake that was light, fresh and not fussy. I think I found the perfect cupcake here. I followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I would say is to fill less that 3/4 full as they really expand and mushroom if you are not careful!!! Learned the hard way first time around and had ugly looking cakes so had to bake again, putting in far less than the recommended amount of mixture. - 12 Jan 2013