Refreshing Lemon and Lime Cupcakes

I do not think that I know of anyone who doesn’t enjoy a cupcake. There’s one for everyone, as well as there being one to suit each season.

During the harsh Winter months, everyone needs comfort food. Food which provides a shoulder to cry on, the warmth of a good cuddle. For me, this comes in the form of a double chocolate cupcake.

Autumn can be welcomed with a red velvet cupcake, representing the leaves which flow in the wind.

For me, Spring means something simple, like a vanilla cupcake which is topped with simple freshly whipped cream.

And in this case, Summer is represented by a refreshing and insanely flavoursome lemon and lime cupcake. This concoction is probably the best cupcake I’ve made to date.

You would be crazy not to try this bad girl. A lemon cupcake with a zingy lime buttercream. What’s not to love?

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Lemon Cupcake

Ingredients (Makes 10):

  • 120g plain flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 40g unsalted butter/margarine, at room temperature
  • 120ml milk
  • 1 egg

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160C/Gas 3/325F and line a standard 12-hole cupcake pan with 10 cases.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and butter in the bowl of your electric mixer. Using a paddle attachment/handheld whisk, beat on a slow speed until a sandy consistency has been achieved. Gradually pour in the milk, beating until just incorporated.
  3. Add the egg, beating until incorporated while scraping down the sides of the bowl. Continue to mix for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Do not overmix.
  4.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases until they are just a little over half full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack, prior to frosting.

 

Lime Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp grated lime zest, plus extra to decorate
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Method:

  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the icing sugar, unsalted butter and lime zest at a medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together.
  2. Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and add the milk and lime juice.
  3. Once incorporated, turn the mixer up to a high speed. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Pipe or frost the cupcakes by hand once they have cooled completely. Sprinkle with the extra lime zest.

 

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