Super easy lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling and lemon cream cheese frosting

22 October 2010, 02:19

Mmm innards shot baby yeah! So who’s been watching Junior Masterchef? I have to admit I’m not a regular watcher partly because their cooking skills puts mine to shame! But I do love how the show is positive and upbeat and it is refreshing to not hear the kids say how much they hate their job!

Anywhos so a while ago they had a mystery box challenge and Isabella mentioned that her cupcake recipe (found on Masterchef website here ) used cream instead of butter and immediately I was like woah dude that’s awesome! No creaming of butter equals win! So I set off to make the cupcakes with a lemon curd filling and lemon cream cheese frosting instead of lemon meringue. The components themselves are pretty easy but the amount of washing up will make you sad. But the cupcakes are awesome trust me!

Ingredients for the lemon cupcakes- (ignore the butter!)
1 cup thickened cream
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon + juice

Preheat oven to 180’C. Place 1 cup cream, 1 cup sugar and 2 beaten eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.

Grate lemon rind and add juice to the mixture.

Sift 1 1/2 cups of self raising flour into mixture and whisk until batter is thick and smooth. Divide mixture into cupcake patty cases and bake for 15-20mins.

While the cupcakes are baking it’s time to start the lemon curd! (I tweaked Isabella’s recipe a tad.) Ingredients:
1/2 cup lemon juice (approx 3 lemons)
120g butter
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons caster sugar
1 egg
3 egg yolks

Heat lemon juice and butter in a saucepan and simmer until butter has melted. Add sugar and whisk until dissolved then turn off the heat.

Lightly beat the 1 whole egg plus the 3 egg yolks in a bowl. Pour a bit into the lemon butter mixture and whisk continuously. If the egg starts to cook, leave the mixture to cool for about 2mins before continuing and slowly add more egg and whisking continuously until mixture becomes thick and glossy.

Leave the mixture to cool in the saucepan before pouring through a sieve and transferring to an airtight container.

Dig some holes into your cooled cupcakes. Taste test mmm nom. If your lemon curd is cooled down enough go ahead and fill the holes.

Forgot to take an ingredients pic for the frosting oops my bad! Ingredients:
250g cream cheese, room temp
125g salted butter, room temp
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon + juice
Icing sugar (use your judgment)
The trick with frosting to make it easier to pipe is to make sure the butter and cream cheese are nice and melty! Not microwave melty but you know, soft. With the icing sugar I always taste as I go so I’m not too sure about measurements but I reckon maybe 1 cup? Beat everything together till it’s super light and airy.

And tadah! Beautiful babies!

Mmm lemon threesome… Oi get your mind out of the gutter! Lemon cupcake + lemon curd + lemon cream cheese frosting! If you want you can top with candied lemon slices. I cbb and just sliced normal uncandied lemon lol

Innards shot again!

Of course whenever I made cupcakes I tend to always double the recipe cos I give the cupcakes away and then I can have an extra big cake for myself heh heh have an awesome weekend dudes!



  1. Wow, these look fantastic and using cream instead of butter just makes me think of soft light fluffy creamy cupcakes…nom nom nom…shame I just got to work coz I am dying to make these now…I wonder if I start coughing they will send me home??

    Emily    Oct 22, 08:11 AM    #

  2. Holy smokes. These look awesome. I especially like the shot of the cut open one, oozing its tasty goodies everywhere. Nice work

    Matthew (Masterchef)    Oct 22, 08:17 AM    #

  3. Oh my – these are seriously HEAVEN on a plate!!!!!

    Lisa    Oct 22, 09:03 AM    #

  4. MMmm lovely! I adore lemony cupcakes, and the method for making these is something different!

    Ladybird    Oct 22, 09:04 AM    #

  5. well done suze! looks really pretty… i love stuff that just ooozes like that!

    kewpie    Oct 22, 10:32 AM    #

  6. Mmmm, lemony! You know you could’ve said trio, or triad (a la Ninja) but you had to go there…tsk tsk =p

    I think I have the same handheld grater!

    mademoiselle delicieuse    Oct 22, 10:35 AM    #

  7. oh WOW! that looks totally and utterly amazing! TOTALLY!
    where can i pick some up?

    sporbo    Oct 22, 10:45 AM    #

  8. I love lemon curd!! those cuppies look uber yummy.. rock on with the gooey inards!

    Rhonda (TheDaintyBaker)    Oct 22, 10:47 AM    #

  9. Ooooo… so pretty! Love the innards shot with the curd oozing. So going to give this a go!

    Phuoc'n Delicious    Oct 22, 11:06 AM    #

  10. Mmmmm so much lemony goodness. Love the innards lol!!

    Shanks    Oct 22, 11:48 AM    #

  11. innards shot! and does this mean your cake stand got replaced? :)

    Helen (grabyourfork)    Oct 22, 12:09 PM    #

  12. Yay you used the shot! Told you it was sexiiiiiii mmmmm show me more

    FFichiban    Oct 22, 12:33 PM    #

  13. Yummmmmm!!
    The innards was definitely the money shot LOL

    Brenda    Oct 22, 12:37 PM    #

  14. Just look at that oozing lemon curd money shot!! Yummo!!

    Sara @ Belly Rumbles    Oct 22, 01:02 PM    #

  15. Yum! I love the thought of not creaming butter and sugar too and I love your lemon cream cheese frosting! Will definitely try this now that I have found a lemon curd I can make without eggs! :D

    gummi baby    Oct 22, 02:04 PM    #

  16. funny because whenever i make full-size cakes, i always end up with extra for making cupcakes. either way it’s a win.

    justcooknyc    Oct 22, 02:17 PM    #

  17. yum! they look divine! I will have to give these a go!

    Ali    Oct 22, 02:29 PM    #

  18. So very much wanting right now. I adore lemon-flavoured desserts! I doubt I’d be able to make these cupcakes in totality without eating all the lemon curd on its own, though. Sigh! :P

    Hannah    Oct 22, 03:17 PM    #

  19. These looks SOOO good. I love the sound of the lemon cream cheese frosting. Maybe I’ll just try making that and save on some washing up!

    MelbaToast    Oct 22, 03:42 PM    #

  20. Yum! I have a little party to take something to this weekend and this looks perfect!

    Shann    Oct 22, 03:51 PM    #

  21. yum yum….this looks soooooo good so gonna try this recipe!! thanks for sharing! :)

    chiamay    Oct 22, 06:14 PM    #

  22. The cup cake look sooo good. I want one too !

    angela    Oct 22, 08:07 PM    #

  23. They look so pretty!

    Melissa    Oct 22, 08:07 PM    #

  24. Wow – that is gorgeous and enticing. Do want!

    leaf @ theindolentcook    Oct 22, 08:35 PM    #

  25. Lemon lemon lemon!!!

    Fiona    Oct 22, 08:42 PM    #

  26. Suze – you need to keep baking – you’ve really got lots of talent in this department. I love the way you added the curd to the cupcakes – what a nice gooey surprise in the middle and I love the pics too.

    Trissa    Oct 22, 10:16 PM    #

  27. They look gorgeous! There is nothing better than lemon curd, is there? I think it’s like the Doris Day of dairy- sweet, not too cloying. Just right….

    Tori    Oct 22, 11:11 PM    #

  28. Weee! One of the prettiest, most summery cupcakes I’ve seen this year!!! And yanno what, you can name them Lemon Threesome and they’ll still be gorgeous!

    Trisha    Oct 22, 11:17 PM    #

  29. Those cupcakes look so yummy! Lemon cheesecake anything is the best!

    Do you think lime would work in this recipe as well?

    Tammi    Oct 22, 11:50 PM    #

  30. Those cakes are beautiful and look like they belong on the cover of the current donna hay mag!

    OohLookBel    Oct 23, 12:37 AM    #

  31. LOL… the very last sentence made me giggle… biggest mofo cupcake for yourself FTW!

    catty    Oct 23, 01:55 AM    #

  32. All your recipes turn out looking delicious Suze. I got to ask you a question aimed to a professional. I was taught to always use the most high quality ingredients when baking no matter how basic the ingredient is (eg flour, butter etc) In your recipes you mostly use generic brands. Do you personally thinks it makes a difference?

    — Lyf    Oct 23, 03:30 AM    #

  33. OHH so refreshing! I want one of these now. Awesome recipe going to save this one.

    Delishhh    Oct 23, 02:24 PM    #

  34. whoa that innards shot is just too tempting!

    A+ for your strategy of doubling the recipe and making a cake, that’s so smart! I love making cupcakes for friends but then in the end when i’m left nothing i just feel so alone..and hungry!

    Gianna    Oct 23, 05:39 PM    #

  35. I only just finished making lemon curd and was wondering what Im going to do with it all!!! Now I know what im baking tomorrow! thanks!

    — Carly    Oct 23, 07:25 PM    #

  36. Mmm lemon curd! Looks awesome

    missklicious    Oct 24, 09:11 AM    #

  37. They look so enticing!! Just got to try those soon!

    Cate    Oct 24, 04:26 PM    #

  38. Mmmm innards shots look so damn good and it’s making me so hungry.


    I think making this would be a good procrastination from studying for exams >:)

    Melody    Oct 24, 06:23 PM    #

  39. love cake innards! and agree, junior masterchef does put my cooking skills to shame :(

    panda    Oct 24, 09:50 PM    #

  40. Wheeee, look at the frosting and the glorious insides of that thing! I think a lemon baking binge is on the cards soon. These babies and limoncello, he he he.

    Emma @cakeMistress    Oct 24, 11:54 PM    #

  41. Gorgeous first photo – looks like that cupcake is bathed in heavenly light!

    forager @ The Gourmet Forager    Oct 25, 08:04 AM    #

  42. Ohh cake with no butter or oil? So what’s better for you, butter or cream? =D

    angie    Oct 25, 11:49 AM    #

  43. I am so going to make this…so lemony and refreshing and heavenly ! Thanks for sharing such delectable cuppies :)

    Elin    Oct 25, 03:00 PM    #

  44. OH MAH GAH……. lemon curd is my weakness for sure!!

    Definitely bookmarking this to give this recipe a try!

    crunchytiger    Oct 26, 12:27 AM    #

  45. Oh wow! They look amazing :)
    Did you just do a layer of curd for the cake or scoop out a bit of the middle?

    Nic@diningwithastud    Oct 26, 07:30 AM    #

  46. oh my gosh they look amazing! I love anything lemon flavoured, and I love the idea of using cream in the cupcake! Will have to give these a try :)

    Lisa    Oct 26, 10:44 AM    #

  47. Another idea for lemons! Great… I have a tree full of lemons.

    penny aka jeroxie    Oct 26, 11:00 AM    #

  48. Oh I wish I’d seen this last weekend when I had to bake something for a baby shower – they would have been perfect!! x

    Georgia    Oct 29, 09:32 AM    #

  49. cannot.resist.anything.lemon.hearts.

    amy    Nov 3, 09:07 PM    #

  50. made a batch for my MIL’s bday tonite. it looks great so far… easy to make. the cupcake’s texture is amazing for something that doesn’t have butter… i just need to learn to pipe properly… outside in and not centre (inside out)….stupid me

    kewpie    Nov 29, 09:15 AM    #

  51. I’ve made these twice now and they really are amazing. I cheat though and use bought lemon curd or lemon butter. YUM!!!

    — Cat    Aug 1, 01:30 PM    #

  52. Just made these. They have to be the lightest cupcakes I have ever eaten! Wow!!!

    — Ali    May 15, 04:31 PM    #

  53. Made these yesterday they were so yummy!!! Going to make again and again. Excellent recipe x

    — Laura wc    Jun 4, 10:20 PM    #

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  55. They look amazing! How many do they normally make?

    — Rebecca    Oct 29, 11:30 PM    #

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