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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 175 g Butter
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 2 Lemons zested
  • 3 Eggs
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 1 jar of Lemon curd

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter or Baking spread
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Lemon extract

For decoration

  • Yellow 100s and 1000s optional
  • Lemon jelly slices optional

Instructions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin tin with 12 yellow cupcake cases (if you can't find yellow ones any colour will do)

  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy

  3. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk them in throughly, then gently whisk in the self raising flour


  4. Separate the batter between the cupcake cases


  5. Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean, leave them on a cooling rack to fully cool

  6. Use a cupcake corer or a knife to make a hole in the middle of each cupcake

  7. Fill the holes with lemon curd. You can do this using a spoon or put the lemon curd into a small piping bag, snip the end off and pipe it in

  8. To make the buttercream mix together the icing sugar and butter using an electric hand whisk or food mixer until they start to come together, then add the lemon extract and mix until smooth

  9. Put the buttercream into a large piping bag fitted with a Wilton 2D nozzle, or other nozzle of your choice and pipe it onto the cupcakes

  10. Decorate with jelly lemon slices and yellow hundred and thousands, or any sprinkles of your choice