Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes

Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 22 mins Plus cooling

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Can be frozen un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
529
protein
4g
carbs
66g
fat
30g
saturates
18g
fibre
1g
sugar
51g
salt
0.75g

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • zest 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds, toasted
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g natural yogurt
  • 175g butter, melted and cooled a little

For the icing

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • juice 1 lemon
  • few drops yellow food colouring
  • icing flowers or yellow sprinkles, to decorate

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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allie80's picture
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Good recipe, very tasty and a nice fresh lemony zing.

mrsvlee's picture

Really light lemony cupcakes. Left out the poppy seeds but it still tasted fab. Yummy!

tessaheartluke's picture
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For some reason My icing didn't come out stiff like in the picture a little soft, still nice enough thou. Also I left the cakes for 25mins and found that they seemed a little under done even thou my skewer came out clean. :/ They tasted fine, Not amazing, just OK Not sure if I should attempt these again. But found the base made for a lovely drizzle cake.

helenccm's picture

Loved these cupcakes, made them for my daughter in law's birthday and they went down very well. Only thing I would mention is I had a lot of icing left over, probably enough to do another dozen but then I don't like too much icing on cupcakes.

rachelghostheart's picture
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very nice

tessaheartluke's picture
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Does it have to be "golden" caster sugar? I want to use normal as I hate to purchase something to have the left overs sitting there for ages.

sunset123's picture
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Made Theys cakes last week for summer fair at work.......very nice

leason's picture
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Much easier to make than I thought they'd be. I too didn't toast the poppy seeds. Lots of comments about how lovely they looked and they tasted delicious. Agree that the lemon stops the icing from being too sweet.

belindacaroline's picture
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First time of making these and they worked perfectly. I made two batches for a school event and EVERYONE was really impressed :o) Some additional useful information - these are muffin sized cakes if you are making the 12 quoted on the recipe, using muffin cases, therefore not the usual small cupcake size. Even though I used muffin cases and a muffin tin I think the mixture would be better spread into 14 muffin cases as a couple of them overflowed.

smoothiee's picture
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Lovely cakes, came out just right and looked very pretty. Not a person complained :)

haylie89's picture
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This is honestly my favourite cupcake recipe! So easy to make and never go wrong, I have never had so many compliments even from children who are the hardest critics! I 100% recommend to everyone!

purpleness1974's picture
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These were really lovely

becci242's picture
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Made these for me and my housemates today for study fuel as we're in the middle of 2nd year uni exams and have so far gone down a treat. Also a brilliant study break/procrastination tool as they only took about 10 minutes to prepare, meaning I could clean up whilst they were cooking and get on with some much needed revision while I was waiting for them to cool before icing them during my next study break. They're also pretty cheap to make, as I always have baking essentials in my cupboard. I have a feeling I'll be making these again before our exams are over!

vicarhouse's picture
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I didn't have yoghurt so used milk instead they were delicious!

vicarhouse's picture
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I didn't have yoghurt so used milk instead they were delicious!

margmj's picture
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Really tasty lemony easy cakes - and as I had double the receipe for a Easter family gathering, instead of 24 cakes - my cases where small ones so ended up with 53! So i found out they keep well also freeze well!
A deffo bake again.

jocelyno's picture
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I made these cupcakes for my wedding, was able to make 160 in advance and froze them. I then took them out the freezer and iced them the day before and they were perfect. I also added some more lemon zest and flavouring to the sponge mixture as I liked them very lemony.

bluepoppycat's picture
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Excellent cupcakes, made these for my Dad, who loves cake to cheer him up. My husband, who really doesn't like cake, insisted I make another batch when got home from the visit, he never does this. I halved the frosting recipe, but mainly as I don't do giant frosting swirls.

hollbabe7's picture
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These were delicious although my icing skills are not so good so they looked a bit crazy.

aoachara's picture

Love it! Natural yoghurt makes the cake very moist. Will bake it again and again. Thanks!

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