Create your own competition at home by making cupcakes and giving your kids one to decorate. It’s a great idea for a weekend when you’re looking for something to do. Once each child has decorated their cupcake, be the judge and hand out different certificates for awards like ‘best design’, ‘most colourful’ and ‘yummiest looking’, so that each child gets recognition. They’ll love all being winners when you hand out fun stickers too.
Easy Lemon Cupcake Recipe
- 140g unsalted butter, softened
- 100g caster sugar
- Zest of ½ lemon
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 140g self-raising flour
For butter cream icing:
-85g butter, softened
-175g icing sugar
-zest and juice of ½ lemon
-sweets and sprinkles to decorate
1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Line a 12-hole bun tin with fairy cake cases.
Beat the butter and sugar in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until it’s really soft, then add the lemon zest.
Slowly stir in the eggs, then fold the flour until it is all combined.
Use two teaspoons to divide the mixture between the cake cases.
Bake for 18-20 mins until the cakes are golden and springy when you touch them. Cool the cakes on a wire rack.
2. While you wait for the cakes to cool, make the butter cream icing. Beat the butter until it’s really soft. Gradually beat in the icing sugar, lemon zest and juice until it is thick. Spread the butter cream on top of the cakes with the back of a spoon, then decorate with sprinkles or sweets.
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