Airy & light, with just the right amount of tangy to sweet, Lemon Cupcakes makes perfect little treats for summer- and are insanely delicious!
Discovered on a TV show, I’ve made minor tweaks (sometimes I use lime instead of lemon- coz this is Mumbai & lemons aren’t always at hand!) to this perfect little cupcake recipe & am thrilled with the results! Very easy to whip up & totally impressive, these babies have taken over number one position on my favorite-cupcakes-to-obsessively-bake list!
For the Cupcakes:
25g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
Finely grated zest ½ large lemon (keeping the zest of the remaining ½ lemon for the lemon icing) or a couple of large sour limes.
2 eggs, beaten
150g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
For the lemon butter icing:
75g butter, softened
125g icing sugar, sifted
Finely grated zest of ½ large lemon- or 1 lime
1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
All you have to do is:
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream the butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft.
Add the sugar and grated lemon/lime zest and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Gradually add the beaten eggs, then sift in the flour + baking powder and fold into the mixture.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for 20-22 minutes, until risen and golden.
When cooked, the centre of each cake should be slightly springy to the touch.
Remove the cakes from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely before you ice them.
To make the lemon/lime butter icing, cream the butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon until very soft. Gradually add the sifted icing sugar and beat into the butter, along with the lemon/lime zest and enough lemon/lime juice to soften the icing, to a spreadable consistency.
When the cupcakes are cool, spread a generous heaped teaspoon of lemon butter icing over the top of each one. Decorate with fresh mint sprigs!
And, as a friend suggested, you could also add a generous sprinkling of lemony sugar crystals to glam it up completely! Yes, these cupcakes are really gorgeous.