When life gives you lemons, make lemon (and poppyseed) cupcakes

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakesToday is World Mental Health Day and what is the number one way to raise much needed charitable funds? Have a bake sale of course. I’ve just started my new job at Queen Mary University of London and I was pleased to see the Student Welfare team had organised lots of fundraising and awareness events around the campus so I decided to help out in the best I know how.

Baking cakes.

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes

I’m sad to say these are not an original recipe creation but adapted from the very reliable BBC Good Food. But if it ain’t broke don’t fix it – and these are very, very good. The boyfriend’s sister even went as far as to say these are her favourite cupcakes I’ve ever made, and given that I’ve made a fair few in my time, that is really saying something.

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes

Give these a whirl if you need a sweet, zesty pick-me-up. They are guaranteed to brighten up your day.


For the cakes…

225g self-raising flour
175g golden caster sugar
Zest 2 lemons
1 tablespoon of poppy seeds, toasted
3 eggs
100g natural yogurt
175g butter

For the icing…

225g unsalted butter
400g icing sugar
Juice 1 lemon
A few drops yellow food colouring

Heat oven to 180C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases.

Melt the butter and set aside. Put all the cupcake ingredients except the poppyseeds in a food processor or mixer, adding the melted butter last, and whiz up to combine.

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakesWhen fully mixed, add the poppyseeds and mix briefly.

Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases filling them 2/3 full.

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakesBake for 20 mins until pale golden and springy to the touch.  Leave to cool.

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakesTo ice, beat the softened butter until really soft in a large bowl, then gradually beat in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Stir in enough food colouring for a pale lemon colour, then spoon the icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle and pipe as you like (or feel free to just slap it on if you’re feeling rustic).

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes

Extra info

  • Makes 12-15 cakes (depending on the size of your cupcake liners)
  • These cakes freeze really well

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