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)

pinkfluffychic's picture

Absolutely delicious cupcake recipe. I added a squeeze of lemon juice into the cake mix (I like my cakes lemony!) and they turned out light and yummy.
I only made half the quantity of icing but with one whole lemon. Mixture was a bit too runny so had to keep adding icing sugar to get it the right consistency.
All in all, a very good cupcake recipe and I am making some more today!

suephil's picture

Lovely light cakes with a nutty texture ( I did not toast my poppy seeds). I used stork margarine for the cakes and I cant believe its not butter for the icing with the juice of both lemons as mentioned by other keen cooks. My mixture made 14 cakes but I think you could get 16 out of it. I used an icecream scoop to divide my mixture into the cases and decorated the finished cupcakes with wafer daisies or dark chocolate hearts ( especially for Valentines Day!!) Would be nice topped with lemon drizzle ( caster sugar and lemon juice poured on to the cupcakes when they come out of the oven) Going to make them for Mothers Day too.

debris30's picture

We tried this recipe and they turned out beautiful, my children only eat chocolate based cakes so thought these were different and they really enjoyed them! Am making another batch soon these went down a treat!

fluffysammy's picture

have just finished icing these and so eatting one now, yummy is all i can say :-) i made mine using gluten free as always do and i sprinkled some toasted coconut on the top to make them prettier :-)

fawsiyam's picture

the cupcake was so very moist and light. the icing i halved as suggested by previous reviewers, i also halved the batter to make 12 standard cupcakes instead of 12 large cupcakes, i'm now using the batter to make chocolate chip cupcakes instead.

Hana banana's picture

Yummy! needed to use more icing sugar in the butter icing though!

jaded_femme's picture

Marvellous! We loved these little cakes, doubled up on the poppy seeds though :)

jaded_femme's picture

Marvellous! We loved these little cakes, doubled up on the poppy seeds though :)

jogazelleark's picture

made these for cake day at work recieving comments such as awesome, immense and wonderful. just doing a batch for husband to take to work and also my daughter. sprinkled edible glitter on top for a festive feel.

sarahni's picture

So easy to make and absoloutely gorgeous! I added the yoghurt/egg mix and melted butter seperately to prevent it curdling. Yum yum yum!

guziaquilina's picture

Moist and Delicious

allielovetocook's picture

My 13 year old daughter has just made a batch of these using Muffin cases .. result? .. 12 perfect lemon cup cakes. Even before the icing they look gorgeous. She made them without using the Poppyseeds .. Not only do these cakes look good, they taste amazing!! We all think that the actual cake mixture itself is good enough to eat without the topping - it creates a beautiful light, airy cakes.Really good!!

mrspg01's picture

Excellent .... What else is there to say

michaelasimpson's picture

These cakes were fantastic, really easy to make and totally delicious. The only down side was I had to make two batches as the first lot were eaten before I had chance to ice them.

joyzaphine's picture

makes slightly too much mixture, if you distribute it evenly between cases you end up overflowing. One tbsp in each would do.
Also makes too much buttercream in my opinion used half and it was fine.
Taste very yummy and lemony though mmmm.

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parbooo's picture

I dont understand, cup cakes needs baking powder or not?

bonniej's picture

I made these aswell as others for a Wedding and they were wonderful. They are light, moist and very delicate, ideal for a display and they freeze great which takes away the stress. I added the zest of 3 lemons just to give it more of a hit which was perfect.

dthom3uk's picture

This recipe is easy to make. Made 36 for the school fare and went down a treat. Made my own larger daisies and put holographic glitter on the top - they looked and tasted great - if I do say so myself...he, he


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