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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Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • zest 2 lemons
    Lemon

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    le-mon

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  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds, toasted
  • 3 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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

    Butter

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    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

For the icing

  • 225g butter, softened
    Butter

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  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • juice 1 lemon
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    le-mon

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

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

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.

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ruxandra
4th Jun, 2010
Hi! I was browsing through the site and i was wondering how much does "a serving" (per serving) mean? In this case, a cupcake? Thank you
maverick76
29th May, 2010
5.05
I make these cakes with Doves Gluten Free Flour, with gluten free Baking Powder, and because of a Bovine Dairy intolerance made with Goats yoghurt. Brilliant! I have the pickiest three teenagers in all of Christendom and they never noticed a thing. Scoffed the lot and asked for more. Just remember use different icing if bovine dairy intolerant -try the pistachio cupcake icing with yellow colour instead. Also a spoonful or two of soya milk to avoid the cakes being dry. Gluten Free flour tends to be dry.
parheff
25th May, 2010
4.05
Really lovely cupcakes, nice and simple to make. Would have to agree gdit89 about using two lemons for the icing - I did that and probably could have gone for a bit more (but I love lemon!). Would make them again.
carodarcy
21st May, 2010
5.05
Took some of these to work and so far four people have asked me for the recipe. I also halved the icing, which made enough for twelve large cupcakes, with the added bonus of leaving enough in the bowl for my teenage to eat with a teaspoon!
clairepie
18th May, 2010
4.05
I made these cakes last week and was really pleased with how they turned out, but I think next time I'm going to split the mixture into maybe 20 smaller cakes rather than 12 as they were just a bit too big to manage!
beckysankey
17th May, 2010
4.05
someone asked me, 'do you make these professionaly'? Ha, no but that tells you how good people thought they were!
annelisarkanen
15th May, 2010
5.05
Great recipe! Turned out well - although my mixture made about 18 cakes, rather than 12 - more than enough icing, but that was because my icing bag split half-way! How do make the cakes rise straight up - mine kind of went outwards and upwards so didn't exactly look like the picture...! Oh, and I used large eggs. Not sure it makes much difference, but am new to this baking!
gilengd
13th May, 2010
4.05
Great recipe, would recommend. However i followed the quantities for the buttercream icing, and found it to make far too much for 12 cupcakes. 400g of butter between 12 cupcakes is a lot; the next time i will cut the icing in half which will keep the butter quantity under 300g. I also used the juice of 2 lemons to make the icing a bit zingier. This was lovely though the icing is a lot thinner as a result.
jkarens
10th May, 2010
5.05
Delicious and incredibly easy! Sponge is light and fluffy and the poppy seeds give a great texture!
merylmontague
6th May, 2010
great recipe, easy to make, made some for a church cake stall and sold them in minutes with requests for more. Definately a 5* recipe

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