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Lemon Curd Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

By Chelsea Sugar
Lemon Curd Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream
12 servings
  • 20 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cooking time 20 mins
  • Serves

    1½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
    ¾ cup Chelsea Caster Sugar
    125g butter, softened
    2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
    2 eggs, beaten
    ½ cup milk
    1 cup lemon curd
    Grated white chocolate, candied lemon zest to decorate

    Lemon Buttercream
    150g butter, softened
    2 cups Chelsea Icing Sugar
    1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
    1-2 Tbsp hot water

    Candied Lemon Zest (optional)
    Zest 1 lemon
    ½ cup Chelsea White Sugar
    ½ cup water


    Preheat the oven to 175°C on fan-bake. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with cupcake cases. 

    In the bowl of an electric beater, place the sifted flour, Chelsea Caster Sugar, softened butter, lemon zest, eggs and milk and beat on a low speed for 2 minutes until combined. Increase the speed and beat for a further 2 minutes until fluffy and smooth.

    Quarter-fill each case with the mixture and make a small well in the centre. Fill the well with a teaspoonful of the lemon curd and cover with more of the cupcake mixture so the cases are three-quarters full.
    Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden, puffed and spongy to the touch.

    To make the lemon buttercream, beat the butter until smooth and pale. Add the Chelsea Icing Sugar half a cup at a time, with the lemon juice and enough of the hot water to make a creamy mixture, beating well between each addition. Beat until the buttercream is fluffy and lemon-scented.

    To make the candied lemon zest, use a zester to cut thin strips of skin from the lemon or peel with a knife. Scrape any remaining white pith from the zest, then cut it into thin strips. In a small pan, combine the sugar and water. Add the lemon peel and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced and is syrupy. Set aside to cool.

    Cool the cupcakes before topping with the lemon buttercream and decorating with the grated white chocolate and candied lemon zest, if using.

    Did you know?
    If you want to make your own lemon curd, use the following recipe.

    Lemon Curd
    ¼ cup each: lemon juice, Chelsea Caster Sugar, ½ cup water, 1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with 1 tablespoon water, 1 egg yolk
    Place the lemon juice, sugar and water in a small pan and gently heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a simmer and add the combined cornflour and water and cook for a further 2 minutes until the mixture is thick and bubbling. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the egg yolk. Chill until the curd has cooled and thickened.

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Average Rating
(20 reviews)

It was so AMAZING!

These cupcakes are amazing with homemade lemon curd

It was really really nice. My favourite part about the lemon curd cupcake was inside like when I bit into it was like a lemon heaven. Your recipe is so so good the texture is perfect everything about it is so amazing. My family loves it.


Love this recipe and my family

Made these today for a school holiday snack and the children and husband LOVED them, I will be making them again!

Wonderful recipe. Family loved them. Made the buttercream with 2/3 the sugar and it was fantastic.

I need to make several batches of these for an upcoming event can anyone tell me if they freeze well. Mine don't usually get that far: CHELSEA: You can freeze cupcake but in this particular recipe without the Lemon Curd on it. Freezing Lemon Curd can develop crystallisation.

Make these all the time and they are great!

Love lemon curd these cupcakes are yummy and meant for me

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Absolutely amazing!

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I made these yummy treats for easter and everyone loved it! Super easy to make...

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another alternative to the lemon curd is using the Barkers Lemon & Passionfruit Curd as the filling. its a huge hit with my children for tea parties.

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AWESOME!!! Will definitely make again! :)

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These were awesome cupcakes, nice and easy to make and my work mates loved them, especially the surprise of the lemon curd in the middle, delicious!!!!

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Easy as to make and great taste too

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Loved this one and very easy.

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Nice but too sweet butter cream. Try on next time for best.

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