This is one of my favourite cupcakes to bake and my absolute favourite to eat! It’s the perfect cupcake and they are lovely to enjoy in the springtime sunshine. They are a fresh light cupcake, great for garden parties or summer time birthdays. They are perfect beside a cup of earl grey tea.
When using the piping bag you should push mainly with the palm of your hand, rather than squeezing with your fingers. To get the feel of how hard to squeeze for each technique, practice piping on a sheet of greaseproof paper. The size and shape of the icing depends on how hard you squeeze, as well as on the size of the opening in the tip. The more you practice, the easier the techniques will be when decorating cakes.
Really enjoyed the taste of the lemon in the sponge & the lavender in the icing. I thought the sponge would be too heavy, given the recipe only uses plain flour & no baking powder, but it was a nice sponge. My only gripe is the icing came out quite runny, even though I used half milk as advised. Next time I might use the food processor as advised & chill the icing in the fridge to stiffen up before applying onto cakes. - 27 Jul 2014