Homemade Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Homemade Lemon Curd Cupcakes (2)

Lemons are a healthy source of Vitamin C and fibre along with several plant compounds, minerals and essential oils. Needless to say, they are one of the most popular citrus fruits and are very refreshing when used in any form of cooking.

These homemade lemon curd cupcakes are delicious and they’re so simple to make. Also, to give a more concentrated lemon flavour, they are filled with a bright, tart lemon curd.

Expect a light and fluffy cupcake texture, a rich and fresh lemon flavour, topping it off with a very creamy vanilla frosting! Quick to make, in about 25 minutes, you’ll have a wonderful lemon curd indulgence.

Homemade Lemon Curd Cupcakes

RatingDifficultyBeginner

Prep Time30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr

For the Cupcakes:
 1 ¾ cups Self raising flour
 1 ¼ tsp Baking powder
 ½ tsp Salt
 3 tbsp Unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
 1 cup Granulated sugar
 2 Large eggs (at room temperature)
 2 tsp Vanilla extract
 2 tsp Lemon zest
  cup Cup milk (at room temperature)
For the Filling:
 ½ cup Lemon curd
For the Vanilla Frosting:
 2 ½ Sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
 2 ½ cups Confectioners’ sugar
 2 tsp Lemon extract
 1 Pinch of salt
 1 tsp Cream or whole milk

For the Cupcakes:
1

Preheat the oven to 175°C.

2

Line 12 regular muffin tins with paper liners.

3

In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients by sifting the cake flour, baking powder and salt.

4

In a separate large bowl, mix the wet ingredients - butter and oil, then add in the sugar.

5

Beat in the eggs in sequence and continue until combined.

6

Put together the vanilla and lemon zest and mix it over the large bowl.

7

Add the flour mixture and milk in an alternating manner, (do it with the four mixture being the start and finishing)

8

Gently pour the batter into each cupcake liner about 2/3 full.

9

Bake for about 22 minutes or up until a toothpick placed in the centre comes out clean.

10

Cool the cupcakes in the tin for 15 minutes before taking them out, also letting them completely cool before assembling.

For the Vanilla Frosting:
11

With a stand mixer, whisk together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

12

Put together the lemon extract and salt, mixing it into the bowl until combined.

13

Beat in the cream until fluffy.

Lemon Curd Filling and Vanilla Frosting Method:
14

On top of each cupcake, cut a circle with a paring knife that’s 1-inch in diameter. Do away with the cut piece, and replace the top, filling it with 1-2 tsp. lemon curd.

15

2. Finally, swirl the frosting with a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (such as Wilton 1M or 2D) on top of the 12 cupcakes.

Notes:
16

Although lemon extract can make an intensified lemon flavour, you may also use lemon zest for the frosting.

17

To reduce the strong flavour of the lemon curd in the filling, choose a simple vanilla extract instead of the lemon extract.

18

It is safe to store the cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for 48 hours. It’s advisable to refrigerate or freeze them thereafter.

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Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:
 1 ¾ cups Self raising flour
 1 ¼ tsp Baking powder
 ½ tsp Salt
 3 tbsp Unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
 1 cup Granulated sugar
 2 Large eggs (at room temperature)
 2 tsp Vanilla extract
 2 tsp Lemon zest
  cup Cup milk (at room temperature)
For the Filling:
 ½ cup Lemon curd
For the Vanilla Frosting:
 2 ½ Sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
 2 ½ cups Confectioners’ sugar
 2 tsp Lemon extract
 1 Pinch of salt
 1 tsp Cream or whole milk

Directions

For the Cupcakes:
1

Preheat the oven to 175°C.

2

Line 12 regular muffin tins with paper liners.

3

In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients by sifting the cake flour, baking powder and salt.

4

In a separate large bowl, mix the wet ingredients - butter and oil, then add in the sugar.

5

Beat in the eggs in sequence and continue until combined.

6

Put together the vanilla and lemon zest and mix it over the large bowl.

7

Add the flour mixture and milk in an alternating manner, (do it with the four mixture being the start and finishing)

8

Gently pour the batter into each cupcake liner about 2/3 full.

9

Bake for about 22 minutes or up until a toothpick placed in the centre comes out clean.

10

Cool the cupcakes in the tin for 15 minutes before taking them out, also letting them completely cool before assembling.

For the Vanilla Frosting:
11

With a stand mixer, whisk together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

12

Put together the lemon extract and salt, mixing it into the bowl until combined.

13

Beat in the cream until fluffy.

Lemon Curd Filling and Vanilla Frosting Method:
14

On top of each cupcake, cut a circle with a paring knife that’s 1-inch in diameter. Do away with the cut piece, and replace the top, filling it with 1-2 tsp. lemon curd.

15

2. Finally, swirl the frosting with a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (such as Wilton 1M or 2D) on top of the 12 cupcakes.

Notes:
16

Although lemon extract can make an intensified lemon flavour, you may also use lemon zest for the frosting.

17

To reduce the strong flavour of the lemon curd in the filling, choose a simple vanilla extract instead of the lemon extract.

18

It is safe to store the cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for 48 hours. It’s advisable to refrigerate or freeze them thereafter.

Homemade Lemon Curd Cupcakes

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