Summer Cupcakes

This past week the UK has experienced actual, proper summer – can you believe it!? We’ve had blue skies, sunshine and heat for pretty much a full 7 days! Obviously in typical British style we started off completely unprepared for it, trying to concentrate in my boiling office was a nightmare and my bedroom was so hot at night that I could barely sleep, however after a bit of getting used to… We’ve managed to embrace it! 2 BBQs, sitting in the garden most evenings and having cocktails in beer gardens has been a welcome change from the dull weather we’re used to.

For a family BBQs that I went to I decided to bake some cupcakes to take with me to share out. However, instead of my usual trusty chocolate flavour I wanted something summery and fresh, and lemon sounded perfect. I also decided to make some vanilla flavour for anyone not keen on lemon!

These cupcakes are perfect for a summery picnic, BBQ or to eat with a cool drink in the garden. Or even with an afternoon coffee or tea when the weather inevitably cools down again, just as a reminder of this glorious sunshine! They take very little time and few ingredients, so are easy to throw together for a spontaneous event.

3 eggs
250g self-raising flour
250g butter (softened)
250g caster sugar
1 lemon
2 tsps vanilla extract
125g icing sugar
1 tbsp warm water
Decorative edible flowers (optional!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C
  2. Add the butter and sugar together and whisk
  3. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking after each
  4. Add in flour in a ¼ at a time and whisk after each part
  5. Split the mixture into 2 bowls to make the 2 flavours (I did 2/3 into 1 bowl for the lemon cupcakes and 1/3 into the other for the vanilla cupcakes)
  6. Into one bowl add in the zest and juice of 1 lemon and mix it in
  7. In the second bowl add in 2 tsps of vanilla extract and mix it in
  8. Spoon the mixtures into cupcake cases – try and put them in an order so that you can remember which cupcakes are which flavour!
  9. Put into the oven for 20 mins or until a knife can be put in and come out clean
  10. Allow to completely cool
  11. Mix together the icing sugar and water, adding a little more of each to create your desired consistency, and spoon onto cakes
  12. Add the flowers onto the cakes as the icing is drying, I put yellow flowers on the lemon cakes and blue or pink flowers on the vanilla


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49 thoughts on “Summer Cupcakes

  1. The weather has been fantastic for sure. You certainly have to make the most of it whilst it lasts! I love lemon cupcakes, I may try these out with the kids at the weekend!


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  2. [Hopped here from Table for 9] Well…highly visual me had to read this post, because those cupcakes made my mouth water. Yum! I also enjoyed reading how you are spending your summer. Personally, I’m glad you got to sit out in the back garden without getting drizzled on. I realize it rains a bit in the UK [ever been to Scotland], and there’s not much air flowing through the houses and flats. Yet, it’s such a lush part of the world…wet and sometimes brilliantly wild!

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  4. Yeah! I’m sure that I absolutely must try this recipe! I just need lemon and decorating flower…But I’m sure that the market would have one for it! I won’t leave this amazing recipe away! Thank you!

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  5. Beautiful cupcake recipe. Here in south Brazil the winter is almost over and the weather is starting to get hot also. Well, I liked your comment on my blog so please let me know if you manage to find some brazilian wine in England. It will be very helpful for me. Enjoy it!

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