Lemon Cupcakes

Makes 12.

Lemon cupcakes with lemon icing.


For the cupcakes

  • 100g soft margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Grated rind of one lemon

For the topping

  • 200g butter, softened
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 480g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. Place 12 silicone cupcake cases in bun tins.
  3. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat well until smooth (about 2-3 mins).
  4. Half-fill each case with mixture.
  5. Bake for 15-20 mins until risen and golden brown. Cool the cakes in their cases on a wire rack.
  6. To make the icing: cream the butter and lemon extract together in a large bowl. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Beat in the milk and continue mixing until light and fluffy.
  8. Pipe onto the top of the cooled cakes and decorate.