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Mini lemon meringue cupcakes recipe

Mini lemon meringue cupcakes recipe

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Combining all of the zesty deliciousness of lemon meringue pie with soft spongey cupcakes, these little beauties make a gloriously indulgent afternoon treat. See method

  • Serves 12 (makes 12 cupcakes)
  • 30 mins to prepare and 16-18 mins to cook, plus cooling
  • 309 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ tsp Sicilian lemon extract
  • 200ml double cream
  • 25g icing sugar, sifted
  • 150g lemon curd
  • 12 mini meringues

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 27%
  • Saturates

    11g 55%
  • Sugars

    25g 27%
  • Salt

    0.2g 4%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 33.4g Protein 2.9g Fibre 0.4g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Line a muffin tin with 12 mini silicone cupcake cases.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the lemon zest, juice and extract; fold to combine.
  3. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cupcake cases. Bake for 16-18 mins, until risen and springy when pressed. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the icing, whisk the cream to soft peaks in a bowl before combining with the icing sugar. To serve, spoon a heaped teaspoon onto each cupcake, then top with a little lemon curd and a mini meringue to finish.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze the un-iced sponge cakes only. Wrap well in clingfilm and tin foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze for up to 3 months.

Loosen the tin foil and clingfilm but leave to defrost in packaging at room temperature for several hours before icing and serving.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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