This is another recipe inspired by ‘MasterChef Australia’. The lemon cupcakes are based on the ‘Lemon Diva’ cupcakes made by contestant Julie Goodwin. She had used a lemon butter frosting on her cupcakes, but the lemon butter frosting recipe she used was not available, so I incorporated the Lemon Curd recipe from judge Gary Mehigan instead to make them into butterfly cakes.
The lemon curd filling is not the only filling you can use here. There are many other choices for filling to your taste, such as Crème Pâtissière, or Crème Chantilly, or just spoon a little jam of your choice into the base of the hollow and top with whipped cream.
Makes 12 cupcakes
100g unsalted butter, softened
185g caster sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
finely grated rind of 3 lemons
200g self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
250g Lemon Curd, or store-bought
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line a 12-hole standard muffin tray with paper cases.
2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat in well after each addition. Mix in grated lemon rind. Add the flour and milk in alternate batches and fold in with a spatula until just combined.
3. Spoon batter evenly into paper cases. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove cupcakes from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Use a small sharp knife to cut small circles from centre of each cupcake (pic #1). Cut circle about 5mm in from edge of cupcake, and slant-cut down 1cm into cupcake. Lift out the small rounds of cake (pic #2). Cut each round in half (pic #3), to represent wings of butterfly. Spoon about 20g (about 2-3 teaspoons) of lemon curd into the hollow (pic #4).
5. Place wings in position on top of lemon curd (pic #5).
Taste: Sweet delicious cupcakes with a tangy lemon curd filling
Consume: Best served on the same day after filling
Storage: Unfilled cupcakes may be stored in airtight container for up to 3-4 days
Recipe Reference(s): ‘Basic Cupcakes’ recipe from ‘MasterChef Australia’ 2009