Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon meringue pie is a classic dessert, with such a delicious zingy flavour, so I thought why not make a cupcake version! I’ve flavoured the sponge of these Lemon Meringue Cupcakes with tangy lemon zest, hidden a lemon curd centre inside that oozes out when you bite into it and topped them with sweet meringue. If you love lemon or anything citrus, you will dive right into these yummy Lemon Meringue Cupcakes!

Step by step…

I started by mixing together the caster sugar and butter, I then added the eggs and lemon zest and whisked them in.

Finally I folded in the self raising flour and then separated the batter into cupcake cases. I baked them for about 20 minutes until they were golden brown. Then I left them to cool fully.

Using a cupcake corer, I made holes in each cupcake and filled with lemon curd.ย I made an Italian meringue to pipe on top of the cupcakes, then browned it with a kitchen blow torch.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Tips for making the Lemon Meringue Cupcakes:

  • For the perfect meringue, make sure your mixing bowl is grease-free. You can ensure this by wiping it with some lemon juice or vinegar, then rinsing it.
  • Making sure your egg whites are at room temperature will also help your meringue turn out well too.
  • If you can’t get hold of cream of tartar, you can use 1 tsp lemon juice or 1 tsp white vinegar instead.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Cupcake tin Electric hand mixer Piping bags
Cupcake corer Yellow cupcake cases Wilton 2D Piping nozzle
Zester Lemon Curd Jem 1E Piping nozzle
Cream of tartar Kitchen blowtorch

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lovely lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with meringue

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 175 g Butter
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 2 Lemons zest only
  • 175 g Self raising flour

For the filling

  • 200 g Lemon curd good quality shop bought or homemade

For the italian meringue

  • 2 Egg whites large
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 115 g Caster sugar
  • 65 ml Water


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a cupcake tin with paper cases

  2. Mix together the caster sugar and butter until smooth and fluffy, for best results use an electric mixer

  3. Add the eggs and lemon zest and whisk them in, again using an electric mixer if you can

  4. Mix in the self raising flour, this time gently and with a hand whisk, and then divide the batter between the paper cases

  5. Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave them to cool completely on a cooling rack

  6. Using a cupcake corer or a knife, make holes in each cupcake and fill with the lemon curd

  7. To make the Italian meringue put the caster sugar and water in a pan and let it come to the boil with the lid on. If you notice any sugar around the edges of the pan brush them away with a wet pastry brush. When the mixture boils, take it off the heat and pour the sugar syrup into a jug

  8. Meanwhile, in a stand mixer or using an electric whisk, whisk up the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they reach soft peak stage (foamy and they are just starting to holding their shape on the whisk but not quite)

  9. Then, keeping the mixer running on a low-medium speed, pour in the sugar syrup slowly. Be careful not to let the sugar syrup hit the side of the bowl. Turn the mixer speed up to high and mix until the meringue is white and shiny, and holds its shape

  10. Put the meringue in a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe it on top of the cupcakes. Or spread on with a spoon. Use a kitchen blowtorch to brown the meringue all over

  11. Serve immediately, store leftovers in the fridge and and eat within 2 days

If you like this, check out more of my Cupcake recipes!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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9 comments / Add your comment below

  1. They sound yummy…I love lemony bakes. I'm the same with wasting and i look around for others recipes to use up what ingredients were leftover from other bakes. I like to pipe filling in with those thin nozzels.
    My Cupcake Habit

    ….well we all have to test our bakes….an advantages that comes with baking and if that means we eats extras then so be it ๐Ÿ™‚

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