Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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These gorgeous little cupcakes are inspired by the classic lemon meringue pie.

Filled with tangy lemon curd and topped with fluffy meringue they are a great way to transform the cupcake into a mini dessert to impress your friends and put a smile on your face.

(To turn these into an impressive dessert, replace the lemon curd with ice cream and make Baked Alaskan Cupcakes)
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Step 1: Ingredients & Equipment

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For the cupcakes:
  • 215 g self raising flour
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 170 ml milk
  • 90 unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling:

For the meringue topping:
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 2 egg whites

Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F / Gas 4)

For the Americans or those without scales, here is a good guide for conversion of weight to cups.

You'll also need bowls, spoons, and general kitchen equipment, a 12 cup cupcake tin, and an electric whisk will really save your arm when it comes to making the meringue. A piping bag will also come in handy.

Step 2: Making the cupcakes

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To make the cupcakes, first stir together the flour, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.

Put the egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla into a medium bowl and pour in the melted butter. Mix together and then pour the liquid into the flour well.

Fold the wet ingredients through the dry ingredients until just combined.

Step 3: Baking the cupcakes

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Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases. Put the tin in the oven (180 C / 350 F / Gas 4) and bake for around fifteen minutes, until risen and golden.

Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes. Leave the oven on for the meringue topping later.
goomy3 years ago
I just finished making these (I'm still in the kitchen!) and they are wonderful! Sadly, my merengue didn't come out as stiff as they should have (my hair is still sticky) although I _thought_ it was hard enough. When I put it on the cupcakes they kind of melded into something shapeless. Delicious nonetheless. Thank you!
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suayres3 years ago
Just from curiosity, what is the "Vitalite Dairy Free" in the photo? And I agree, the re ipe looks delicious!
cluracon (author)  suayres3 years ago
Vitalite is just a dairy free spread. I have a lactose intolerant housemate so tend to substitute for butter and milk when I can. Thank you.
Thank you! I'm lactose intolerant myself. I use Lactaid milk as well as the tablets ( if you're not familiar with these products, they incorporate lactase enzyme, which neutralizes lactose, making it completely digestible). Great products! Anyway, I plan to make your recipe--when it cools down! We're in the midst of a heatwave-- it got to 88+ (F) today, which is miserably hot. The last thing I want to do tonight is turn on the oven. We had fresh fruit and cottage cheese for dinner tonight, it was just too darn hot to cook anything.
cluracon (author)  suayres3 years ago
Ah, I've never heard of Lactaid, I just tend to use substitutes and thank god she's not vegan anymore, baking without eggs is tricky. Good luck with the recipe when it finally cools down. I'm very jealous of your heatwave, though it's definitely not good for baking. We've got the typical British summer here in London, with plenty of rain.
suayres3 years ago
I thought you would bake the meringues separately and then plop them on top when ready to serve (which, of course, you could do--it would make for a crispy meringue, but I see the way you make it will mean a closer texture to that of the pie. Good one!
pinkmochi3 years ago
Could we have an American version of this recipe, please? I have no idea what 90g of unsalted butter looks like. :)
cluracon (author)  pinkmochi3 years ago
There is a great conversion guide here. A cup of butter is apparently 225 g, so 90 g is just under half a cup. x
Thanks! :)
Lindie3 years ago
Biggsy3 years ago
These look fantastic! I will certainly give these a go!

One of my coveted high fives for you!

anniemagz3 years ago
*om nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom*

if i could eat gluten i'd be gobbling these up ;)
cluracon (author)  anniemagz3 years ago
Well, I hate for anyone to be without cake! This would work just as well substituting the cupcake recipe for your best gluten free one. This is the one I use at work, and depsite not being coeliac I'll happily scarf down the scraps. Give it a try x