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Cupcakes on a tray topped with meringue

Lemon cupcakes

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These lemon cupcakes are truly scrumptious and even better topped with meringue!

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:12
  • Skill level:easy

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For the cupcakes

  • 100g 3½ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 100g 3½ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 100g 3½ oz Self-raising white flour (we use Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • 1 1 Lemon zest unwaxed
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Lemon curd ready made

For the meringue topping

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, 350°F, gas mark 4). Sit 12 paper cases into a muffin tin.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together in a large mixing bowl until pale and fluffy. This is easier to do with an electric whisk.

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  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated. If the mix starts to curdle add a little of the flour.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range)
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Fold in the flour and lemon zest until well combined.

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  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Spoon into the cupcake cases. Add a teaspoonful of lemon curd to the top of each cupcake.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 50g 1⅞ oz Lemon curd ready made
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and lightly springy. Remove the cakes from the tin and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    For the meringue topping, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Gradually add the sugar, whisking until stiff peaks are formed. The mixture should be thick and glossy.

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  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Preheat the grill.

  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Pipe the meringue over the cupcakes and grill for 2-3 minutes, or until the meringue is golden-brown. Do not turn your back on these little cakes, the meringue can burn very quickly . If you are one who like gadgets, you could also brown the meringue with a blow torch.