Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes

Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 22 mins Plus cooling

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Makes 12

These zesty cupcakes look so gorgeous you won't want to eat them, but once you start you won't be able to stop

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal529
  • fat30g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars51g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.75g
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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • zest 2 lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds, toasted
  • 3 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g natural yogurt
  • 175g butter, melted and cooled a little



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

For the icing

  • 225g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • few drops yellow food colouring
  • icing flowers or yellow sprinkles, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases. Mix the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs into the yogurt, then tip this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon or whisk until lump-free, then divide between the cases. Bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean – the cakes will be quite pale on top still. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

  2. To ice, beat the softened butter until really soft in a large bowl, then gradually beat in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Stir in enough food colouring for a pale lemon colour, then spoon the icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle.

  3. Ice one cake at a time, holding the piping bag almost upright with the nozzle about 1cm from the surface of the cake. Pipe one spiral of icing around the edge, then pause to break the flow before moving the nozzle towards the centre slightly and piping a second, smaller spiral that continues until there are no gaps in the centre. Slightly ‘dot’ the nozzle into the icing as you stop squeezing to finish neatly. Repeat to cover all the cakes, then top with sugar decorations or scatter with sprinkles.

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Comments (300)

janetmiddleton's picture

Fabulous! Replaced lemon with Rose Water and made them pink! And so easy to make!

gemmaford27's picture

Amazing cakes i have been putting lemon curd in the middle of them taste even more fab.

maddy_cox's picture

Absolutely gorgeous. Made these for work and they went down a storm. I used Greek Yoghurt, didn't toast the poppy seeds and didn't ice them (halved the calories). The best looking muffins I've made! I will defintiely be making them again!!!

Gayle777's picture

Great recipe. Cupcakes kept well for 4 days. Used zest from a very large lemon - perfect!

perrettg's picture

These turned out beautifully and were yummy! I used little chicks and mini eggs to decorate for easter and they looked so cute!

tinyclanger's picture

delicious cupcakes and very easy to make!

bevtabor's picture

Was delighted with how these turned out, even tho' I had to make without poppy seeds because I couldn't find them in my local supermarkets! Made them for a friend's birthday and everyone loved them. They kept well. Will definitely make again. Anyone know where I can buy poppy seeds?

tokyo15's picture

Sounds beautiful!! I'm making these for Easter, I hope they turn out like everyone else's.

aticavo's picture

Probably the best cupcakes I ever had. Lovely!

joanneeland's picture

Made these last night and they were soooo good. I took a bit out of the centre and put in some lemon curd to add to the flavour. Lovely and light. Thought the amount of frosting was fine, what's a cupcake without a mountain of icing!! My very fussy boyfriend gave his seal of approval.

anasanchez05's picture

great easy cupcakes to make. i put 2 spoons of poppy seeds as i love the nutty taste...

damson's picture

I think this qty makes enough for 18 fairy cake cases or 12 muffin size cases.
I can't fault the cake mixture with the poppy seeds, however the icing was all wrong. I didn't think I had particularly large lemons, but once I added the lemon juice it went all sloppy. I'd used an organic icing sugar so when I added the yellow colouring it turned a shade of mustard.
I made half the qty stipulated in the recipe and it was still too much, so I'd advise making an icing of sugar and lemon juice instead of the buttercream

odelle's picture

Beautiful, light, tasty cup cakes.
Makes a great sandwich cake too for a change & looks very impressive.

angelsb's picture

Great as mini muffins too... makes about 48!

wellikin's picture

Made these today with my girls - we used orgran gluten free SR flour, and alpro custard instead of the yoghurt, as i had no dairy free yoghurt. They were lovely but maybe a bit sweet with the addition of the custard.
Mind you the girls said they prefered them without the icing though, so we'll miss that out next time and dust with icing sugar instead.

sunako89's picture

Best cupcakes I've ever made! They have a unique, not too sweet, taste and are wonderfully light and moist. A true winner, with or without the icing.

lucypittey's picture

I made these for my colleagues at work with chocolate mini eggs on top, and they went down a storm. Really quick and easy to make but look and taste yummy!

lindseya123's picture

Amazing, so easy to make and delicious, I cut the top off as if I were going to make butterfly cakes and spread some lemon curd in, replaced the top and iced, so moreish!!

gothgirl123's picture

Good recipe, easy to follow. Although like some other comments said, the icing ingredients are far too high. I made just over half the amount. Will be entering them in a baking competition for Red Nose Day tomorrow!

elena82's picture

oopps forgot to rate the recipe, 5 star!!!


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