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Lemon and raspberry cupcakes

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Serves 1 - 24 Muffins

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  • Equipment:
  • 2x12-hole muffin trays
  • 24 large brown cupcakes bases
  • piping bags
  • large round piping nozzle
  • For the frosting:
  • 200g full-fat cream cheese
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • For the sponge:
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • punnet of raspberries, plus extra for decoration
  • For the sugar syrup:
  • 150ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 150g caster sugar


    1. Preheat the oven to 175C/ gas 4. Place the cupcake cases inside the holes in the muffin trays.
    2. To make the frosting, place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Place the butter, icing sugar and lemon zest in a separate bowl and cream together until very pale and fluffy. Add the cream cheese, a little at a time, to the butter mixture and mix at medium-high speed until combined. Chill until set.
    3. To make the cupcakes, place the butter, sugar, salt and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and cream together until pale and fluffy. Beat the eggs lightly in another bowl and slowly pour into the butter mixture while whisking quickly. If the mixture starts to separate or curdle, beat in 2-3 tbsp of the flour. Sift in the remaining flour and stir until well combined.
    4. Using a tablespoon, place the batter into the cupcake cases until 2/3 full. Drop 2 or 3 raspberries into each cupcake. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the tops are golden brown and spring back. Remove and rest for 10 minutes.
    5. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the sugar syrup. Place the lemon juice and sugar into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
    6. Using a pastry brush, soak the tops of the cupcakes with sugar syrup while they are still warm. Let them cool a little longer, then remove the cupcakes from the trays and leave to cool on a wire rack.
    7. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round nozzle with the chilled frosting. Pipe a swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake, then finish with a raspberry on top.

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13th Nov, 2014
This is a great recipe. I've just started baking and cooking for myself and I'm finding it more enjoyable than I expected. This is a great recipe for beginners. It's simple and easy to follow with very few steps. My only issue was that I don't have an electric whisk and so doing step 2 by creaming the sugar, salt and butter together was exhausting! I have to admit that I did cheat on the frosting by using a tub of Betty Crocker's but the actual cupcake itself was great. I folded in fresh raspberries (carefully) into the mixture at the very last stage (post flour) and it worked great. A very popular treat in my house.
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