Raspberry and lemon cupcakes recipe

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Raspberry and lemon cupcakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories370 Kcal19%
Sugar37 g41%
Fat17.5 g25%
Saturated Fat4.7 g24%
Protein3.6 g7%
Carbohydrates50 g19%

These delicious raspberry and lemon cupcakes have a lemon zest-infused sponge and a sweet, raspberry jam icing. 

The citrus flavour of the lemon and the tangy flavour of the raspberries pair well together. These refreshing cupcakes take just 15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake. Each cupcake is hiding a single raspberry in the center of the sponge. This recipe would work just as well with fresh strawberries and strawberry jam too.


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g softened butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 10 to 12 raspberries

For the frosting:

  • 50g softened butter
  • 1tbsp seedless raspberry jam
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 10 to 12 raspberries for decoration, shop-bought fondant flowers (optional)
  • Shop-bought fondant flowers (optional)




  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Line a muffin tin with 10 to 12 cupcake cases.
  3. Place all the ingredients except the raspberries in a bowl and mix with an electric beater.
  4. Fill each cupcake case until two thirds full.
  5. Push a raspberry into the middle of each cake, making sure the top of the raspberry is completely covered.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. When cool prepare the frosting by beating the jam and butter until smooth.
  9. Add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  10. Pipe or spread over the cakes and top with a raspberry.

Top tips for making raspberry and lemon cupcakes

To make the raspberry and lemon flavour more intense in this cupcake recipe, add lemon zest to the raspberry buttercream. Store these cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies