Very Easy Lemony Cupcakes

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I am not a girly-girl.

I don’t like pink, wear lipstick or high heels. Now, don’t go getting an image of a dungaree wearing, rucksack toting, Doctor Martins stomping woman. I just happen to prefer a bold lick of eyeliner, a graphic print and a comfy ballet pump.

So what the heckin’s has come over me with these super girlie, pink flowery cupcakes!

A friend at work gave me these ditsy printed cupcake cases and rose decorations and I decided to go with the romantic styling in an ‘If you cant beat them, join them’ kind of attitude.

Dear readers, if the mood strikes and you find yourself with a spare hour or two, embrace your inner girl (might be worrying if you are a big butch fella – don’t worry, I wont judge) and get baking these ‘stand on your head easy’ zingy sponged, creamy topped beauties.

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Very Easy Lemony Cupcakes – (Adapted from Nigella Lawson H.T.B.A.D.G)

125g self-raising flour
125g unsalted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
2 large eggs
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon baking powder
Few tablespoons milk


140g butter, at room temperature
280g icing sugar sifted
zest of a lemon
a splash of milk

Preheat oven to 200C. Line a 12-bun baking with cupcake cases of your choice.

You can chuck all the ingredients into a mixer and whizz ’til just combined. If you wish you can make the batter the old fashioned way by creaming the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then adding the lemon zest and eggs. Sift in the flour and the baking powder and bind together with milk so that the mix is a soft dropping consistency.
Divide mixture evenly between the cases. Cook for 15-20 minutes and leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the butter icing whip the butter until very light in colour and super creamy. Add the icing sugar and the lemon zest plus a splash of milk ( 1 – 2 tspn ) and keep whipping for around 3-5 minutes.

Scoop into an icing bag and pipe soft serve style swirls onto your cooled cupcake. decorate with whatever sprinkles, flowers and sparkles you have to hand.

Love Lemony x


  1. fourtopper says:

    Love the way the icing looks with the little beads and I LOVE lemon!

    • lemo9809 says:

      Thanks! I’m still picking those little beads up from the kitchen floor – they went everywhere!

  2. Sometimes you can’t beat a classic cupcake – these look beautiful!


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