Birthday cupcakes - recipe

Birthday cupcakes

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  1. 1

    Heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas 4). Line a cup cake tin with 12 paper cupcake cases

  2. 2

    Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time until smooth, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 150g Butter (unsalted) at room temperature
    • 150g Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 3 Egg(s) (free range)
  3. 3

    Stir in the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and vanilla extract until smooth. Place heaped dessertspoon full in each cupcake case and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and just firm to the touch.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 150g Self-raising white flour
    • ½tsp Baking powder
    • ½tsp Vanilla extract
    • 1 Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  4. 4

    Leave in the tins for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool.

  5. 5

    For the decoration mix the fondant icing sugar with water as directed on the pack, then stir in a drop of green food colouring to give the desired colour and spoon a little icing over each cake.

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