Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes

Easy Food Recipes and Cooking - Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes

Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes

Makes 12
225g self raising flour
175g golden caster sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
1 tbsp poppy seeds, toasted
3 eggs
100g natural yogurt
175g butter, melted and cooled a little

225g butter, softened
400g icing sugar, sifted
Juice of 1 lemon
Few drops of yellow food colouring
Icing flowers or yellow sprinkles

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases. Mix the flour,  sugar, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs into the yoghurt, then tip  this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon or whisk until lump- free, then divide between the cases. Bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean – the cakes will be quite pale on top still. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

To ice, beat the softened butter until really soft in a large bowl, then gradually beat in the icing sugar and  lemon juice. Stir in enough food colouring for a pale lemon colour, then spoon the icing into a piping bag with  a large star nozzle.

Ice one cake at a time, holding the piping bag almost upright with the nozzle about 1cm from the surface of the cake. Pipe one spiral of icing around the edge, then pause to break the flow before moving the nozzle towards the centre slightly and piping a second, smaller spiral that continues until there are no gaps in the  centre. Slightly ‘dot’ the nozzle into the icing as you stop squeezing to finish neatly. Repeat to cover all the  cakes, then top with sugar decorations or scatter with sprinkles.