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19.10.2020- Adventures in Baking: Lemon Cupcakes

Another week, another bake! Cake has been a total balm to the soul for me over the last few months, and, as I've said before, the process of following a recipe to create something has been a total tonic. Whilst we're still in the process of having out kitchen renovated, I'm drawing up a list of the bakes which I can't wait to get cracking with as soon as it's all finished, and it'll be so nice to have more space and modern gadgets to get to grips with too. I'll be putting together a blog post all about the process soon, but until then I'm reminiscing about some favourite bakes from the summer, including these lovely lemon cupcakes, a small-scale take on the lemon drizzle recipe which has become a go-to:


225g unsalted butter, softened 
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
225g self-raising flour
1 lemon, zested
Juice of 1 lemon (for the zest)
85g caster sugar (for the zest)
300g icing sugar, sifted (for the butter icing)
150g unsalted butter (for the butter icing)


1) Heat the oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees fan.
2) Mix together the butter and caster sugar and add the eggs one at a time.
3) Add the flour and lemon zest, mixing until well combined. 
4) Pop your cupcake cases onto a baking tray- this recipe will make about 12 cupcakes. 
5) Spoon the mixture into the cases, until each is about half full. 
6) Bake for 45 minutes, or until the sponge is golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when inserted.
7) Once the cakes are cooked, remove from the baking tray and leave to cool on a rack. 
8) Make the drizzle mix by combining the lemon juice and caster sugar.
9) Brush the cooled cupcakes with the drizzle (I use a pastry brush for this). 
10) Mix together the butter icing, adding a little lemon juice if you would like. 
11) Either pipe the icing or spread it onto the cupcakes with a palette knife. Decorate as desired- I used a few edible flowers.
12) Serve and enjoy!

What have you been baking recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


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