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Lemon cupcakes

Cupcakes are the perfect excuse for a touch of prettiness. There are mountains of beautiful cases available, and what better time to practice your icing skills? The icing, or in this case frosting, is as important as the cupcake itself.


  • 1/2 cup (110g) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour


  • 2 cups (250g) icing sugar
  • 75g butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  1. Place 12 paper cases in a muffin tin or grease the muffin tin with oil.
  2. Beat sugar and egg until pale and creamy. Mix in oil, salt, yoghurt, and lemon rind and juice.
  3. Gently fold in flour, then spoon mixture into cupcake cases or muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and springy to touch. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting, beat icing sugar and butter in a bowl for 5 minutes - this is easiest in an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Add the milk and vanilla extract and continue to whip until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  6. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.


Recipe courtesy of Helen Jackson's Kitchen


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  • I adore cup cakes & could eat them for breakfast, lunch & tea. These look especially nice. I will be make them Thanks Diane

    Diane Jones

  • Enjoy Diane! :) Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • lovely to see how cupcakes have made a come back - have always cooked them for over 40 mumble years - many cake recipes are easy to do as cupcakes - one of my faves is when i use the coffee and chicory syrup in the cake mix and icing topped with a chocolate coated coffee bean - mmmmmmmmm - drool - but will try these as well as i have never done lemon - ever

    liz ellis

  • Just made these, had some trouble with the icing, is it meant to be melted butter?


  • Hi Kelly, we suggest softening the butter first. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • This recipe is absolutely delicious. Light, and melt in mouth. Be one of the nicest cupcake recipes I have made!!


  • Hi Jen, that's fantastic to hear! Thank you for your feedback. Enjoy! Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • These are my favourite cupcakes ,everyone raves about them and how light and moist they are ,I use a pineapple and coconut yoghurt ,makes them great with the combo of lemon


  • Hi Carole, that's wonderful to hear. Thanks for sharing this feedback :) - Tui Team


  • Wow those lemon cupcakes look delishes will try them this weekend thanks Tui Team for sharing all of these recipes.

    Valerie Shearman Broughan

  • Hi Valerie, you're welcome! We hope you enjoy this recipe. Happy gardening and cooking from the Tui Team.


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