Lemon fairy cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting


I baked these cupcakes for a friend’s inter-college quidditch bake sale – yes, it is a sport and no, they fly with a broom between a stick their legs.


For the cupcakes

  • 100g unsalted butter softened
  • 100g self-raising flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g golden caster sugar 
  • lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
  • 2 eggs

For the frosting

  • 200g unsalted butter softened
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the decoration

  • Fondant
  • Yellow edible sprinkles

METHOD (inspired by Nigella Lawson)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  2. Whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. Gradually add the eggs, and whisk them one by one.
  4. Carefully fold in the flour and baking powder
  5. Fill cupcake cases with 1 tbsp of batter
  6. Bake in the oven for 14 – 18 minutes.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool
  8. For the frosting, whisk the butter until pale yellow and fluffy. Fold in the icing sugar batch by batch, and add in the milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  9. Pipe the buttercream frosting on the cupcakes and sprinkle some sprinkles on the frosting.
  10. For the snitch wings, carefully trace out a picture of the wings and cut the shape out. Roll out the fondant and cut according to the shape that you have drawn out.
  11. Insert a party pick into each wing. Using the blunt end of a knife, make some lines across the fondant wings, such that they look like feathers. Let the fondant harden overnight.
  12. Insert a wing on each side of the cupcake, and you’re done!



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