Zingy lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting

24 Mar

I must admit, this is the best cupcake recipe I have come across – based on an American recipe book my lovely cousins gave me for Christmas (I usually find American recipes waaaayy too sugary for my liking) these were super refreshing, light and zingy. And not too sweet! Plus the cream cheese frosting is just my fave (not only for carrot cakes!)

The batter only takes ten minutes to make so g’wan, have your cake (12 of them) and eat it (sorry…THEM.)

Ingredients:
160g self raising flour
160g sugar
115g butter
1tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
120ml whole milk
pinch of salt

For the frosting:
100g cream cheese
2tbsp icing sugar
1tsp lemon juice (you can add more if you want it more zingy – just make sure you frosting is still stiff enough to spread!)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Beat together the sugar and butter until the colour has lightened and it has increased in volume. Add the eggs one by one, beating after each addition (make sure they are at room temp otherwise the mixture may curdle.)
2. Add the lemon juice and zest to the egg mixture.
3. In three additions, mix the milk and flour together. All these additional mixing may seem too much but trust me – it is worth the light, fluffy cupcakes you get!
4. Slowly incorporate the flour/milk mix with the egg mix. 
5. Fill cupcake liners so that the mixture is about half way up.
6. Bake for 23 mins! (specific I know…)

When the cupcakes are cooled, use a piping bag or simply spoon the combined cheese/sugar/lemon mixture over the cupcakes.
Decorate with some candid lemon peel if feeling fancy

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4 Responses to “Zingy lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting”

  1. debbie March 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Sound good — possibly to compete with my banana breakfast bread just out of the oven x

  2. catherine thomas March 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Ooh lovely . Just love any thing lemon /lime .

  3. Food,Photography & France April 18, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    That’s such a tempting recipe – so tempting that I’m going to make them today:)

  4. Mama's Gotta Bake April 19, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    I love anything zingy! These look delicious!

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