Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes

Saturday 20 August 2011

We had a Birthday Dinner here for a good friend of ours yesterday. I love Birthday's and celebrating them. It's always a good excuse to bake a cake, or even better . . . cupcakes!!

Who doesn't love cupcakes???? A tasty little cake, ALL for you! What could be any better than that??

Especially when they are Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes, all moist and lemony and topped with a delicious buttery lemon icing and some tasty candy lemon slices!!! Wowsa Wowsa!!!

These are fabulous. I adapted the recipe from one I found on the BBC GoodFood site. (That's a great site by the way. I love BBC GoodFood, the site . . . the magazine . . . and all of their cookbooks.)

If you are looking for a great cupcake, which is delicious . . . buttery, and with a bit of texture, then I highly recommend these! They were very scrummy indeed! They got High Fives all the way around the table!

*Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes*
Makes 12
Printable Recipe

There is something that is quintessentially delicious about combining lemon and poppyseeds! I'm not sure what it is. I only know it works. Toast the poppyseeds for even more flavour!

225g self raising flour (1 2/3 cups)
175g golden caster sugar (2/3 cup)
the zest of two unwaxed lemons
1 TBS poppyseeds, toasted
3 large free range eggs
100g natural yoghurt (about 1/2 cup)
175g butter, melted and cooled slightly (1/2 cup, plus 1 TBS)

For the Icing:
225g butter, softened (1 cup)
400g icing sugar, sifted (about 3 cups)
the juice of one lemon
few drops yellow food colouring
icing flowers, sprinkles or lemon slice candies to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppyseeds. Beat the eggs into the yoghurt and them tip this mixture into the dry ingredients along with the melted butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon, until lump free. Fill the cake cases about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until a skewer poked in the centre of one comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling completely before icing.

To make the icing, beat the softened butter until really soft. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Add just enough food colouring to give you a pale yellow colour. Spread on top of the cupcakes in a decorative manner. Top with some decorations. Store in an airtight container.

Seeing as it was a birthday, it also gave me the perfect excuse to use this wonderful Cupcake Stand that was sent to me by Jo at Find Me A Gift.com!!

It is completely collapsable and holds up to 23 cupcakes. (This image is of the 3 tier one, I could not find a good one of the 4 tier one to show you, but it is essentially the same, except with an extra tier.) What I did like about it, was that the cupcake holders were graduated so that it held the cupcakes snug into the holder. I also liked that it comes completely apart and stores flat, a big plus in my storage challenged household!!What I didn't like was that the top one was just flat and so the top cupcake fell off every time I moved it. I also found the whole thing, when full, a bit unwieldy, so I do recommend setting it up exactly where you want to place it. Moving it once filled is not a great idea.

It looked fabulous lit up with a variety of thin candles interspersed here and there when it came time to sing Happy Birthday, however I did not get a photo of that! Oh, and if you want to know what those other cupcakes are (in the blue wrappers) you'll just have to tune in tomorrow! (I know! I'm such a tease!)

Many thanks to Jo at Find Me a Gift.com for this handy piece of equipment. I know I will use it often!

Over in A Year From Oak Cottage this morning, some delicious Sour Cream Fruit Drops!


  1. These cupcakes are really delicious! Very beautiful and original tray too for capcakes. Hello, Laura

  2. I saw and bookmarked a greattt recipe for lemon poppyseed cupcakes far too long ago, i have no idea why ive never made them but your recipe gives it some competition for sure! The texture of your little cupcakes looks absolutely perfect and they sound packkkedd full of flavour. Really want to try these out, they are so dainty :)

  3. I love the polka dot liners and tiny lemon jellies on top. It's all about the presentation! These look delicious.

  4. Everything looks great and your stand is so cute too.
    I am lucky enough to have one also..
    Lucky we are:)

  5. ooo,these look so yummy, i had a recipe like this and misplaced it,, now I have it again,, thnakyou for this,, lovely cupcake stand,, so pretty.

  6. Marie these look absolutely beautiful and delicious, love lemon!!! xxxxsend you loads of love¡ gloria

  7. We love your recipes, they're lovely! By the way, those cupcakes look yummy!

  8. What a coincidence...I just bought the same cupcake stand yesterday! Now I'll definitely have to bake the cakes to set it off. They look so scrumptious and appealing.
    Thanks for the tip to set it up in the final position by the way....I can just imagine cupcake confetti landing everywhere and then let me tell you there would be tears =(
    I also have three lemons on my tree just waiting to be picked so lemon and poppyseed cupcakes it is.
    I'm about to post my baking from yesterday which was a chocolate and orange cake...phewph...I can feel the waistband restricting already!
    Have a lovely weekend ;D


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