Lemonade Cupcakes

These sunny lemonade cupcakes are made with real lemonade and lemon zest. To make them even more bright and happy they’re topped with a multicoloured swirl of lemon and cream cheese frosting. This lemonade cupcake recipe was so easy to whip up. They mix together in just one bowl! It’s the perfect way to use up all those lemons.

You will need: 

  • 12 hole muffin tray
  • cupcake wrappers
  • piping bag with a large star nozzle

Lemonade Cupcakes

Lemonade Cupcakes
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These sunny lemonade cupcakes are made with real lemonade and lemon zest. To make them even more bright and happy they’re topped with a multicoloured swirl of lemon and cream cheese frosting. This lemonade cupcake recipe was so easy to whip up. They mix together in just one bowl! Perfect way to use up all those lemons.
Servings: cupcakes
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Ingredients

Lemonade Cupcakes
Lemon Swirl Frosting

Instructions

Lemonade Cupcakes
  1. Preheat over to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan-forced; 350F). Line the muffin tray with cupcake cases.
  2. Add the softened butter, caster sugar and lemon zest to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat together on medium speed until the mixture becomes pale, light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the eggs. Whisk until the batter is smooth.
  3. Add half of the flour and half of the lemonade. Fold them in gently, then add the remaining flour and lemonade. Fold everything together until just combined.
  4. Fill each cupcake case until 3/4 full. Check the oven has reached the right temperature, then place the tray on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The cupcakes are done when the tops become golden brown, they spring back when lightly touched, and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Remove cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Lemon Swirl Frosting
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer add 300g of icing sugar mixture, 50g of butter, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Beat together until the mixture has a sandy texture. Beat in 125g of the cream cheese a cube at a time. The frosting will appear too thick at first but will loosen and fluff up the more you beat it. Whisk the frosting for about 5 minutes. Whisk in a few drops of yellow food colouring. Set aside.
  2. Make another batch of cream cheese frosting using the remaining icing sugar, butter and cream cheese. Do not add any lemon flavour or colouring to this batch.
  3. Fit a piping bag with the nozzle of your choice (a large star tip works well). Carefully fill the piping bag so that the yellow lemon frosting fills one side of the bag and the cream cheese frosting fills the other side. Twist the top of the bag closed tightly. Do a test strip of frosting until you see both colours come through together.
  4. Pipe a swirl or rosette onto each cupcake. The frosting should come out with a stripe of yellow and white.

Baking Tips

  • Don’t overmix the cupcake batter otherwise, they will turn rubbery.
  • If the swirl is all too hard, just make one large batch of sunny yellow cream cheese frosting and pipe that onto the cakes instead.
  • I used Bundaberg Traditional Lemonade in my cupcakes. I like this variety because it’s full of flavour and you can see bits of lemon floating in the drink.

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