Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes


Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
25 minutes
Serves 16
Sunshine in a cupcake! These delicious cupcakes are the perfect addition to a picnic or party.
125g butter, softened
200g Whitworths caster sugar
2 large Free Range Eggs
1Tsp vanilla extract
225g plain flour
2Tsp baking powder
120ml milk
Zest of 1 lemon
100ml pink lemonade (For the syrup)
2Tbsp caster sugar (For the syrup)
1 Jar Cottage Delight Strawberry Jam
For the buttercream: 100g Strawberries
Juice of half a lemon
150g unsalted butter, softened
450g Whitworths icing sugar
Fresh strawberries, to decorate
1 lemon to decorate

Cooking Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, gas mark 4 and line two 8-hole muffin tins with 16 cupcake cases

  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes, using an electric whisk. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add this gradually into the butter and egg mixture until a thick batter forms. Finally, stir in the milk and lemon zest

  4. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cakes are risen, golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean

  5. While the cakes are cooking, make the lemonade syrup. Stir together the lemonade and caster sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat for 5-10 minutes, or until reduced and beginning to thicken in consistency

  6. Once the cakes have baked, use a pastry brush to coat the top of each cupcake with the syrup, and then allow them to cool

  7. To make the strawberry buttercream, place the strawberries and lemon juice into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Use a fork to crush the berries until they become soft. Keep simmering the mixture for 5 minutes. Remove the puree from the heat and allow to cool completely before using

  8. Cream together the butter and icing sugar using an electric whisk until light and fluffy. It will be quite thick at this stage. Gradually add in the cooled purée, a tablespoon at a time, until it is all incorporated. If the mixture looks slightly split, add a few tablespoons more icing sugar until it comes back together and is smooth

  9. Once the cupcakes have cooled, cut a small hole in each cupcake, and add a small amount of jam before piping the strawberry buttercream onto the top of each cupcake using a piping bag fitted with a closed star nozzle. Top each cupcake with a fresh strawberry and quarter slice of lemon and enjoy!

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