Sunday, June 16

Lemon and Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Last week the mother and I journeyed to Cambridge for a bit of a lazy Sunday shopping spree. After weeks of wistful thinking and student budgeting, this time I could finally hit the shops and treat myself after all that horrific exam stress.

After an epic Bills brunch, we thought that a rummage in the market might be fun before melting the credit cards. Snuggled amongst the bulgarian chimney cake and silverware stalls, I found a lady selling individual vintage plates. You simply chose your own mix-match of designs, the lady would drill a few holes here and there, and voila, a cake stand is created in front of your eyes!

After gently carrying this fragile package around all day, I could not wait to use my cake stand for something. It is the perfect way to showcase your latest little bakes and add a touch of vintage charm to afternoon tea.

So what sort of creation did I decide to whip up in order to christen my newly bought china?
Just a simple, scrummy, sweet batch of Lemon and Passion Fruit cupcakes!
I'm addicted to lemon cake as it has such a light but powerful flavour that hits that summer, sweet spot perfectly.
I've recently fallen in love with passion fruits, their sweet, tropical juice compliments any crunchy granola and helps your imagination dream of a Caribbean adventure!
The combination is utterly epic. The passion fruit butter cream works in sweet harmony with the light, lemon sponge and is a match made in heaven for any summers picnic.

To make your own heavenly sponges, you will need:

- 110g softened butter

- 225g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 150g self-raising flour
- 125g plain flour
- 120ml milk
- Zest of one lemon
- Good squeeze 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 2 passion fruits

- 500g icing sugar
- 115g butter
- 25ml milk

Pre heat your oven to 180C (160 fan) and fill a cupcake tin with cases. Instead of making twelve large cupcakes, I made 24 smaller ones for a lighter nibble.
Weigh out the butter and sugar before creaming together until light and fluffy.

In a jug, add the milk and vanilla extract.
In another bowl, combine both flours together.
Once the sugar and butter are fully creamed, add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides in between and mixing each time after for a few minutes.

Finely grate the zest of one lemon.

Add 1/3 of the flours to the bowl, mix well, and scrape down the sides.

Add 1/3 of the milk and vanilla, mix well, and scrape down the sides.

Repeat this with the flour and milk until everything has been used.

Tip in the lemon zest and add a good squeeze of juice.
Use a spatula to do a final scrape down of the sides and stir in the lustful, lemon flavour.

Fill each cupcake case until it is 3/4 full using a tea spoon and slide into the oven for about 25 minutes.

The sponges should be springy to touch and a delicious honey gold.

Now, I got a little bit bored of the standard cupcake style, so I thought I would revisit some childhood memories by turning a few into cute butterfly cakes.
To give this a go, use a knife to cut a circle out of the cupcake which deepens in the centre. Half the cone of cake cut out and place inside until you are ready to pipe in the cream.

For the passion fruit butter cream, cream the butter, milk, and half the icing sugar with a mixer until soft and combined.
Slowly add the icing sugar to the butter cream, mixing as you go, but save a tablespoon or two for later.

Scrape out the inside of one passion fruit and stir through with a spatula.
Then using a tea strainer, sieve the juice of the second passion fruit straight into the butter cream.

Add the saved icing sugar to help the butter cream firm up as the juice can make it quite loose and runny. It needs to be able to hold its shape for piping, so if needs be, add a sprinkle more.
Spoon the butter cream into the piping bag with a nozzle of choice, and get swirling!

For the butterfly cakes, add the cream to the inside before placing the cut out cake on top as spongy, soft wings.

As a final touch to the cupcakes, dry the sieved out seeds by rubbing them on some kitchen roll, and gently apply to the tops of the cupcakes using a tea spoon.

Pile these little beauties high on a cake stand, smuggle one to school, or like me, devour them before your flatmates/parents return home.
You can't beat a bit of summer fruit baking!



  1. Woaaah I am so popping into cambridge to find this lady! She sounds fab!
    These cakes look like little works of art, I'm so jealous of your kitchen aid! Xxx

    1. She was a babe and really helpful when picking out matching designs!
      Aww thanks Lottie! Tell me about it, it is my Mum's so when I'm at uni I seriously miss it! Lucky, lucky mum! xx

  2. Divine! Need some of these asap!


  3. Emily you are such a neat baker - those cupcakes look so uniform and perfect! I haven't ever tried piping, I'm hoping it's easier than I imagine it to be... These look really delicious, well done!


    1. Thanks Flora! I owe it all to the beauty of a piping bag! I used to use a palette knife, but when making a big batch, piping bags win hands down! xx

  4. These look so delicious and unique! I definitely want to give them a try - I'm sure that they won't disappoint!

  5. They look so nice and pretty too!

    And because they have fruit in, they are officially 100% healthy! ;)

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

    1. Of course, the passion fruit and lemon mean that they are 100% diet friendly!
      Core essential of the beach body diet ;) x

  6. Wow, I'm totally in love with that cake stand seems a perf idea for a DIY Dad to use up some mismatched crockery.
    Those cupcakes look so cute, great idea to revisit butterfly ones, kids baking styles are so under rated :)
    x x x

    The Lobster & Me

    1. Exactly! The lady in Cambridge gave me a quick breakdown of how she makes them so I'm going to five it a go myself if I can find the right crockery!
      You can't beat childhood baking can you!? Rice crispy cakes are also a winner! xx

  7. Oooo these look so beautiful! I love the passionfruit, makes all the difference!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


    1. I couldn't agree more! Such an unusual but tropical flavour for that extra summers lift! xx

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    1. Thanks Cate! Haha perfect excuse to make a batch then! xx

  9. This post has made me so hungry, i will be baking these soon!


    1. Glad you like them Grey! Let me know how they go :) xx


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