Cupcakes & Small Cakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Hi, hi. I’ve made cupcakes.

How they came into being was a little accidental.

I was perusing Twitter at the weekend, trying to keep myself entertained during a moment of tediousness, when I came across a tweet for a recipe for National Cupcake Week. Bugger, I thought, as someone who blogs about food, I should really be all over this. I know it is impossible to keep tabs on all the special days relating to food. I am sure that somewhere in the world it is National Cauliflower Day or some such, but National Cupcake Week seemed like an obvious one to know about.

lemon cupcakes 3 - the pink rose bakery

Frantic plans were made to make cupcakes that afternoon. They needed to be quick and easy, so lemon seemed the most obvious flavour. Plus there were a lot of lemons in the house, so no shopping was required.

I made them, photographed them, tried not to eat the whole batch in one go, pleased that I would be able to partake in cupcake week.

lemon cupcakes 1 - the pink rose bakery

Only, well, I failed. Because as it turned out, National Cupcake Week was last week. Poo bums.

One of the things (one of many, I should really say) that drives me nuts about Facebook is the fact that they don’t show my news feed in chronological order. Things from 3 days ago are intermingled with things from 1 hour ago. Why is this? If anyone knows how to correct it, please tell me. I almost feel as if it happens as punishment for only checking it once every blue moon. It’s as if they are taunting me – “see, if you looked at Facebook every 5 seconds you would see things in the order that they have happened”. Sorry, Facebook, I have better things to do with my time than waste it reading about people complaining about how ill they are (again) or how crappy their day has been. Maybe if it was more positive I would visit more.

Anyway, I digress, because what I am trying to say is that, maybe only for a moment, Twitter appeared to be doing the same thing. I swear that cupcake tweet I saw wasn’t recent. And that my friends, is how it fooled me.

Please could someone make a list of all the special food days and weeks and send it to me? Thanks.

lemon cupcakes 5 - the pink rose bakery

On the plus side, I know for next year now. And I made these cupcakes, which quite frankly were some of the best damn cupcakes I have made in a while. I would even go so far as to say that these are the best thing I have made in a while. They were so good.

You get an initial punch of lemon which then mellows into a hint of vanilla. The sponge is, well, spongy, just like a wheat based cake. You. Would. Not. Know. These. Are. Gluten. Free. Honest.

I so rarely urge you to go and make something instantly, but please go and make these. Please, please.

lemon cupcakes 2 - the pink rose bakery

Lemon Cupcakes


For the cakes:

  • Ā 140g butter, melted and cooled a little
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 110g rice flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the syrup:

  • 30ml lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)
  • 30g icing sugar

For the icing:

  • 50ml lemon juice (approximately 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 300g royal icing sugar


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 Celsius / 160 fan / 350 Fahrenheit and line a 12 hole muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
  3. Sift in the rice flour, almonds, baking powder and salt. Stir until combined.
  4. Stir in the vanilla and zest, followed by the milk.
  5. Distribute between the liners and bake for 20 – 25 mins, until golden brown and firm to the touch.
  6. As soon as the cupcakes have come out of the oven, make the syrup by placing the lemon juice and icing sugar in a small pan. Heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has come to the boil. Carefully spoon some of the syrup over the hot cupcakes. It is important that this is done whilst both the cakes and the syrup are hot as this will help the sponge absorb the syrup. You can skip this step if you wish, but it only takes 5 minutes and makes all the difference to the taste and texture. Leave the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once the cakes are cold, prepare the icing by mixing together the royal icing sugar and the lemon juice. This makes a very runny icing that will drip over the edges of the cakes (I placed the cooling rack over a large baking sheet lined with foil in order to catch the drips). If you would prefer a firmer icing, use less lemon juice. I used royal icing sugar as it contains egg white and dries to a firmer finish than water icing or buttercream.
  8. Keep in an air-tight container for 3 days.

Ā© The Pink Rose Bakery


13 thoughts on “Lemon Cupcakes”

  1. These are ALMOST too pretty to eat. Almost. I would be all over them whether it is National Cupcake week or not! I personally can’t keep up with the food ‘days’ or ‘weeks’ although I do believe there is a calendar online somewhere.

    You could try ‘pinning’ your Facebook post to top of page? Said as someone who doesn’t really get Facebook…

    Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare with another gorgeous recipe : )


  2. Cupcakes look delicious, as for FB the way around it is to go on the feed page, on the left there is a line that says “news feed”, which has a little triangle next to it, it needs to be on most recent… If its on top stories it will mix it all up and FB is cheeky it likes to auto change it some times. Steph x


    1. Hi, thanks for the advice. I do change it to most recent, but it always changes back. Also I have noticed that even if I select most recent it still mixes things up and I will find old mingled in with new. Think it is just sent to try me!!! šŸ™‚


  3. Omg, I HATE that about the Facebook Newsfeed too! It’s especially bad on my phone- I’ll have statuses from up to two days ago at the top of my feed. It’s so irritating…

    But anyway, back to your cupcakes. They.look.GREAT. So dainty and delicate and lovely. I’ll take two please šŸ˜‰


  4. If I knew where anything was (mixer, cupcake pan, ingredients: all Somewhere), I would indeed instantly go and make these. But sadly it will have to wait. We have a made bed, we know where the kettle, tea and coffee are, and have tested the shower. That will have to do as my achievement for today. I might even try posting tomorrow! Moving house is such a hard job. And I could really do with some lovely little lemony cupcakes, too….


    1. It’s horrid moving house – you feel as if your life is on hold from the moment you start packing, even if it is only the stuff you don’t use very much. If I wasn’t on the other side of the world I would pop round with a plate of these. Sadly you will have to make do with a virtual plate. Better for the hips, anyway šŸ™‚


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