New baby cupcakes recipe

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serves: 12
Skill: easy
Prep: 25 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • These tasty lemon cupcakes are perfect treats to celebrate the birth of a baby – decorate with a lemon buttercream and either pink or blue decorations for a boy or a girl


    • For the zesty lemon cupcakes:
    • 175g unsalted butter, softened
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • Zest of 1 large lemon
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • 2tbsp milk
    • For the lemon buttercream:
    • 125g unsalted butter, softened
    • 250g icing sugar, sieved
    • Juice of 1 large lemon
    • To decorate:
    • 6 ready-made blue or pink feet sugar decorations
    • 9 ready-made blue or pink baby sugar decorations
    • Edible silver balls
    • Edible cream or lemon glitter
    • You will also need:
    • Disposable piping bag small star nozzle


    • For the zesty lemon cupcakes:

      1. Preheat the oven to 190oC/376oF/Gas Mark 5.
      2. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases
      3. Whisk the butter and sugar together using an electric hand whisk or beat with a wooden spoon until pale and creamy
      4. Gradually whisk in the eggs until just combined. Then add the flour, lemon zest, baking powder and milk.
      5. Whisk until combined and fluffy.
      6. Divide equally between the paper cases, filling them about two-thirds full, and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden and risen.
      7. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to go cold.

      For the lemon buttercream:

      1. Whisk the butter in a bowl until fluffy.
      2. Gradually add the icing sugar and whisk until it comes together
      3. Add the lemon juice and whisk until light and fluffy.
      4. Use as required

      To decorate:

      1. Spread a little of the buttercream over the tops of six cupcakes using a small palette knife.
      2. Put the remaining buttercream into a piping bag with a small star nozzle and pipe a star border around the edge of the six iced cupcakes.
      3. Decorate the remaining cupcakes with small rosettes, starting on the outside edge and working your way into the centre to cover the tops.
      4. Decorate each cupcake with a baby decoration or pair of feet. Sprinkle the piped cupcakes with silver balls and all the cakes a dusting of glitter.
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