Sultana and lemon syrup fairy cakes

(18 ratings)
Sultana and lemon cupcakes
Sultana and lemon cupcakes
  • Makes: 12

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

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


  • 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.


  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.

Your rating

Average rating

  • 4
(18 ratings)

Your comments

Marie Claire Whitelaw

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


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


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.


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)

comments powered by Disqus

FREE Newsletter