Lily’s lemon cupcakes

Lily’s lemon cupcakes

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12

Make lots, these will disappear fast says Good Food reader Lily, aged 5

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal289
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.24g
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  • 140g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • zest ½ lemon



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

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten



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

  • 140g self-raising flour

For the butter cream icing

  • 85g butter, softened



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

  • 175g icing sugar
  • zest and juice ½ lemon



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

  • sprinkles or sweets, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole bun tin with fairy cake cases. Beat the butter and sugar in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until it is really soft, then add the lemon zest. slowly stir in the eggs, then fold in the flour until it is all combined. Use two teaspoons to divide the mixture between the cake cases. Bake for 18-20 mins until the cakes are golden and springy when you touch them. Cool the cakes on a wire rack.

  2. While you wait for the cakes to cool, make the butter cream icing. Beat the butter until it is really soft. Gradually beat in the icing sugar, lemon zest and juice until it is thick and yummy. Spread the butter cream on top of the cakes with the back of a spoon, then decorate with sprinkles or sweeties.

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libby0's picture
29th Mar, 2012
Best cupcake recipe ever!!! I normally don't like icing but this was delicious (as well as pretty) lovely refreshing lemon taste. I stuck eggs on top, bringing them to school Easter bake sale.
24th Mar, 2012
Simple and delicious - barely had time to cool before they were all eaten!
17th Feb, 2012
Awesome! Easy recipe, great results. Yummy! :)
15th Feb, 2012
My daughter Lilly wants to make these at the weekend...we will report back ;0)
30th Dec, 2011
Delicious cakes. Did add extra zest to the butter icing and it is delicious. Tastes like sherbert lemons! Definitely worth baking :-) Made for a New Years Eve party to keep the children happy!
23rd Nov, 2011
My 8 year old daughter made these by herself. She thinks they're really easy to make, look lovely and taste yummy!
7th Aug, 2011
Based on Devine22*'s comment I added a little bit of lemon juice to the cake mixture too. I would also suggest slightly less butter or more icing sugar in the icing, although the soft stuff was yummy I'd prefer it a little bit thicker.
10th Jul, 2011
This is a lovely light cake recipe me and my 7 year old son made these on a Sunday afternoon he was more interested in licking the wooden spoon afterwards than making them lol the icing was a lovely taste just needs a little more lemon flavour in the cake mixture well done lily!


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