Lily’s lemon cupcakes

Make lots, these will disappear fast says Good Food reader Lily, aged 5

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 289
  • fat 17g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 34g
  • sugars 25g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 2g
  • salt 0.24g


  • 140g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • zest ½ lemon
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g butter, softened
  • 175g icing sugar
  • zest and juice ½ lemon
  • sprinkles or sweets, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole bun tin with fairy cake cases. Beat the butter and sugar in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until it is really soft, then add the lemon zest. slowly stir in the eggs, then fold in the flour until it is all combined. Use two teaspoons to divide the mixture between the cake cases. Bake for 18-20 mins until the cakes are golden and springy when you touch them. Cool the cakes on a wire rack.

  2. While you wait for the cakes to cool, make the butter cream icing. Beat the butter until it is really soft. Gradually beat in the icing sugar, lemon zest and juice until it is thick and yummy. Spread the butter cream on top of the cakes with the back of a spoon, then decorate with sprinkles or sweeties.

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