Valentines Cupcakes

Even if you are not a fan of Valentines Day…these cup cakes are not to be missed!

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Valentines Cupcakes

Ingredients: (makes 24 cupcakes)

225g soft butter, 225g sugar, 1 pinch salt, 2 grated lemon rinds, 4 medium sized eggs, 225g flour, 8g baking powder, 250 g raspberries, 60ml lemon syrup (recipe below)

Recipe:

  • Pre heat oven to 175°C
  • Prepare cupcake tins with paper cases
  • Cream the butter sugar and lemon rind
  • Slowly add eggs one at a time, continuing to beat the mixture as you do so.
  • Should the mixture start to curdle as you add the eggs, add a little of the flour in between
  • Sive the flour and then add to mixture, folding it through until well combined
  • Fill the paper cases with the mixture (approx. 2/3 full)
  • Add 2 – 3 raspberries to the top of each cupcake
  • Bake in oven for 20-22 minutes
  • Brush the top of each cupcake with lemon syrup whilst they are still warm, but wait until they have fully cooled before icing.

Icing

Ingredients:

250g cream cheese, 250 g soft butter, 625g Icing Sugar

Recipe:

  • Beat cream cheese until smooth
  • Add butter
  • Then add sugar slowly and beating continuously until a thick smooth paste
  • Cool down for at least half an hour
  • Use piping bag to pipe on top.

Lemon Syrup

  • Put 60ml sugar and 60ml lemon juice in a small pot over medium heat until sugar melts and it just about reaches boiling point
  • Then remove and cool.

 

 

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Enjoy, either with your favourite tea or a nice glass of champagne to celebrate Valentines Day – smile!

(original recipe from Peggy Porschen – bless her cotton socks!)

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