Cupcakes are one of the first things I ever baked, I loved them. Perfect pretty cakes in all flavours and colours.

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These cupcakes are perfect for summer, filled with bright lemon curd. Perfect bites filled with the flavour of summer.

These cupcakes are my favourite. I love the contrast between the tangy lemon and the light fluffy vanilla frosting.

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You can make the lemon curd up to 3 days in advance which makes these cupcakes quick to make. They are great for any occasion, even if it’s just because you want to eat cake 🙂

 

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Makes: 12

Ingredients

100g butter, room temperature
120g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 and 3/4 cups self raising flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Lemon Curd
3 lemons, juiced
4 egg yolks
90g caster sugar
40g butter, cubed

Vanilla Frosting
125g butter, room temperature
3 and 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Method

Lemon Curd
Place all ingredients in a heat proof bowl, and place over a pan of simmering water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the water.
Stir continuously with a wooden spoon, over 10-15 minutes the mixture will thicken. Keep stirring until the curd is viscous enough to coat the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat and pour into a clean jam jar.

Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a 12 hole cupcake pan with cases.
Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well combined.
Add the four and milk alternatively until well mixed.
Fill the cupcakes cases 2/3 full and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Remove from the oven allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes then place onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Frosting
Beat the butter until pale and light. Add the icing sugar one cup at a time mixing well, add the milk and the vanilla bean paste and mix until light and fluffy.

Once the cupcakes are cool use a 1 inch round cutter to cut holes in the cupcakes and fill the holes with lemon curd. Once you have filled all of the cupcakes, scoop the vanilla frosting into a piping bag and pipe on top of the cupcakes . Enjoy!

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