Sunday sweets – lovely lemon cupcakes

Posted on: November 7th, 2010 by admin 3 Comments

Everyone thinks their recipes are the best, I know- all those food blogs out there testing and recommending all sorts of treats! How to choose? Well, if you want as real classic little treat, like a fluffy lemon cupcake, do try these. They are one of our most tried and true recipes, they always work and people love them, which is exactly how a treat should be right?

Lemon cupcakes

Makes 12 large cupcakes

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • rind of 1 lemon, grated fine
  • 1/2 c milk

Lemon icing

1 1/2 c Icing/powdered sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp butter, softened

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. In another bowl beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until well blended. Mix in lemon rind.

Add flour mixture a bit at a time alternating with milk, beating until combined after each. Divide the batter evenly among your prepared muffin tins. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until tops spring back when lightly touched, just under 20 minutes (I do 18 min). Let cool in tins on wire racks.

For the icing, add the powdered sugar to a bowl and make a little well. Add the lemon juice and butter and whisk with a fork until smooth. You might like to add a little more juice or sugar depending on your desired consistency. Ice the cupcakes when cool.

This is a variation on Martha Stewart’s vanilla cupcakes from her cupcakes book.

Song for this recipe:

“Bitter Lemon” Jeremy Spencer Bitter Lemon - Precious Little

An early member of Fleetwood Mac, Jeremy Spencer had a weird life, disappearing for years at a time and then resurfacing to make some new impressive album.   His solo blues/rock is not as well known as his time spent with Fleetwood Mac, but is well worth a listen, especially on a relaxed Sunday afternoon.

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3 Responses

  1. These look lovely, I adore cupcakes and love lemon also so they’re just my thing. Also love the cute berry on top, looks very retro :)

  2. Cassidy says:

    Yum! Love anything lemon flavored!

  3. admin says:

    Me too Cassidy, I prefer lemon treats to chocolate, which some find insane!

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