I started my last post talking about how time seems to slip me by and it looks like I’m starting this one off the same way, at least I’m consistent! This post almost didn’t happen, because I did not realise how late into the week we are – it’s Friday apparently?! Did everybody realise this?! Has somebody alerted the PM? (On second thoughts don’t, he’ll probably impose a time tax) It’s actually currently Thursday as I write this, 11:30pm on Thursday – oops! I’ve been baking all evening in the kitchen (where else would you be baking, Michelle?!) and I finally sat down, ready to catch up on some blog reading before I go to bed when it hit me that tomorrow (now today) would be Friday and I hadn’t even started on a post! Luckily I had at least edited the photos, so it’s just the actual writing I have to do. Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds themselves this unorganised on a frequent basis? Lie to me if you have to!
This may be a last minute post, but it’s a great recipe – I wouldn’t sell you short on that front! It was my mum’s birthday in April and I made her 3 batches of cupcakes to take into work, I’ve already shared the recipe for the Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes and I’ll be sharing some really yummy Chocolate Cupcakes with you soon – but today it’s the Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes! I usually make her lemon cupcakes on her birthday and they always go down really well, but this time I decided to mix things up and add a bit of raspberry into the mix. Lemon is still the primary flavour, but the raspberry addition really takes these cupcakes to another level of tastiness.
These Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes use my go to lemon cupcake recipe that I’ve used for years – it never needs changing because it’s delicious and everybody always loves it. It’s moist, tart and full of lemony goodness – what makes this lemon cupcake recipe better than any other recipe I’ve tried is the buttermilk. Don’t you just love buttermilk? It seems to be able to take any recipe and just make it that much better – it definitely does the trick for these cupcakes. These Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes are filled with my absolute favourite lemon curd, I really do recommend making your own lemon curd (particularly my recipe ;)) – it’s easy and the results are so much better. But, of course, you can use store bought if you like 🙂
The frosting is a creamy lemon buttercream with raspberry preserves folded into half of it. Simple, yes, but oh so good! You could go all raspberry or all lemon if you prefer, but I really love the combination of the two and swirled two-tone look is always so pretty. It’s an easy effect to get too, all you need is a piping bag fitted with your chosen tip (I used an large open star tip) then you spoon the lemon buttercream into one side of the piping bag and the raspberry into the other side so your frostings are side by side vertically through the bag like this– there’s no need to get this perfect, it’s definitely a messy job and no doubt you’ll end up with one reaching the tip first but it’s all good – just pipe into a bowl until you start seeing two tone. Then pipe the buttercream in swirls on top of your cupcake, and you have pretty two tone frosting! Some people achieve this effect by putting each frosting in a separate bag and then putting them both in another bag, and then there are special double bags/tips you can buy – and while that’d certainly be a little less messy it just seems like a waste of money and bags to me when you can get an equally good result with just one regular piping bag! Or maybe I’m just too cheap for my own good!
With the added raspberry preserves the frosting can be a bit on the thinner side, which isn’t a bad thing at all and it still pipes pretty well as you can see. But you will want to store them in the fridge – and you definitely don’t want to leave them sitting in your conservatory after a photo shoot on a sunny day for an hour, as you may return to your frosting starting to fall off the cupcakes – that’s definitely not something I did, no ma’am (spoiler: I totally did, oops!).
Since my mum had requested lemon cupcakes I made lemon the star of the show, but if you want to up the raspberry a bit you could fill the cupcakes with raspberry preserves instead of the lemon curd – how yummy does that sound? I might have to try that next! Or maybe you’re a lemon lover and want to skip the raspberry all together – hey, I wouldn’t judge, in fact I encourage it! Whatever way you decide to make these Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes, they’re gonna be delicious so go wild!
yield 12 cupcakes
Moist, tart lemon cupcakes filled with smooth lemon curdand covered in Lemon Raspberry Swirl Buttercream Frosting