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Sultana and lemon syrup fairy cakes

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Sultana and lemon cupcakes
Sultana and lemon cupcakes
  • Makes: 12

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These fruity, citrus fairy cakes are a deliciously light treat. The sugar topping goes crispy as it cools - irresistible!

Ingredients

  • 175g (6oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) golden caster sugar
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • 5ml (1tsp) baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 30ml (2tbsp) lemon curd
  • 100g (4oz) sultanas

For the topping:

  • 100g (4oz) granulated sugar
  • Juice and grated rind from 1 lemon

For an extra zesty flavour, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice into the cake mixture.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 (180C, 350F). Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cake cases.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until thoroughly blended, pale and creamy. Fold in the lemon curd and sultanas.
  3. 3 Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 mins until risen and golden brown. While the cakes are baking, mix the topping ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. 4 Remove the cakes from the oven and leave for 1-2 mins, then spoon some of the topping over each cupcake. Leave to cool in the tray. The sugar topping will go crisp on cooling.

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  • 4
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Marie Claire Whitelaw

The easiest baking i have ever done and they taste so good!

Laura

Definitely makes more than 12! I got 23 out of my mix lol. Good recipe tho

Louise

Liz, you're right - I made 22 and they came out perfectly. I used icing sugar instead of granulated sugar and juice of 1.5 lemons. Basically the syrup you make for Nigella's lemon drizzle loaf cake but I didn't put holes in the fairy cakes, just spooned it over.

Liz

I think the quantities on this recipe are wrong - it says 12, but I've just made 18 and they rose too much and ended up waaaay too big and stuck together. So I think maybe this quantity makes 24 of the right size. (Tricky to do the topping like in the picture, wen the cakes have risen above the sizes of the cases)

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