Lemon and white chocolate cupcakes recipe

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serves: 12
Skill: medium
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 18 min
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  • Zesty lemon cupcakes with creamy, sweet white chocolate buttercream piped on top in an ice cream-style swirl. Switch up your usual cupcake recipe for these delicious lemon and white chocolate cupcakes to really impress the family.


    • For the
    • cupcakes:
    • 120g butter, softened
    • 150g caster sugar

    • Grated zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature (we used Ella Valentine eggs)
    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 1tsp baking powder

    • 125ml milk
    • For the
    • white chocolate buttercream:
    • 120g butter, softened
    • 200g icing sugar, sifted
    • 50g white chocolate, melted
    • You'll also need:
    • 12-hole muffin tin
    • 12 cupcake cases


    • For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases.

    • Sift the flour and baking powder together in a large, clean bowl and set aside.

    • In a separate large, clean bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add in the lemon zest.

    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

    • Add half the flour, then half the milk and fold in. Repeat with adding the remaining flour and milk, then fold in again.

    • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases filling ¾ of the way and bake for 18 mins or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and place on wire racks to cool completely.

    • For the white chocolate buttercream: In a large, clean bowl cream the butter, then gradually add and stir in the sugar until smooth and creamy.

    • Add the cooled, melted chocolate and continue creaming until fully combined.

    • Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and then, garnish with lemon zest and grated white chocolate.

    Top tip for making Lemon and white chocolate cupcakes

    Learn how to pipe your buttercream icing on in an ice cream-style swirl like the ones pictured, with our easy-to-follow video.

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