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Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe

Sinking your teeth into these golden, buttery cupcakes with their gooey lemon center and sticky white Italian meringue frosting is a sheer taste of heaven.  Try to find a really good quality jarred lemon curd for the filling to give these little cakes their really intense, lemon flavor.  One simply won’t be enough!


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • grated peel and freshly squeezed juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 3 tablespoons jarred lemon curd

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the lemon peel and juice.

Spoon a good dollop of the mixture into each paper liner and make an indentation in the center with the back of a teaspoon.  Drop in a dollop of lemon curd, then top with the remaining cake mixture.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 17 minutes until risen and golden.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To decorate

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • a 12 cup cupcake pan, lined with paper liners
  • a piping bag, fitted with a star tip (optional)

To decorate, put the sugar and egg whites in a bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water.  Beat constantly for about 5 minutes until the mixture is thick and glossy and stands in peaks.  Use the piping bag fitted with a star tip to pipe a whirl onto the top of each cupcake or swirl the meringue over the cupcakes using a spoon.  The frosting will firm up as the cupcakes sit, so for a soft meringue, let set for at least 30 minutes, and for a firm one, let set for at least 3 hours.

makes 12

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