Recipe | Lemon drizzle cupcakes

These lemon drizzle cupcakes are just about perfect.

Baking with kids lemon drizzle cupcakes uk

These lemon drizzle cupcakes are light and fluffy while also moist and tangy. They’re just about perfect and very easy to make.

I adapted the recipe from Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle traybake recipe. So if you want to make a bigger cake, you might want to take a look at Mary’s original recipe.


  • 4 oz / 115 g butter at room temperature or baking margarine straight from the fridge
  • 4 oz / 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Finely-grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 oz / 140 g self-raising flour, sifted

For the glaze

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 oz / 85 g granulated or caster sugar


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Recipe | Easy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing

Delicate, fluffy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing.


Still avoiding chocolate in the post-festive period, this week I’ve made easy lemon cupcakes. These are so simple to make using the most basic of sponge recipes plus some lemon zest. The buttercream swirl helps to make them a little more exciting! Perfect for every occasion from afternoon tea to the school bake sale. Wait! There’s more. Click for the recipe and more lovely pics!

Recipe | Yoghurt cupcakes

One bowl. No scales. No mess. And delicious results!


You can use any flavour yoghurt (or yogurt, depending on how you prefer to spell it) for this recipe. I used strawberry because it’s what I had in the fridge. Large pots of fromage frais also work with this recipe.

This is a reworking of a recipe I previously featured as a loaf cake.

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Chocolate chip cupcakes with coloured buttercream icing: perfect for children’s parties

Simple choc chip cupcakes + fancy cupcake stand = easy kid’s birthday cake solution!


It was my son’s birthday recently and I spent quite a while wondering what cake to make him. Last year I spent hours make a cake in the shape of a car. Like this:

Kid's car birthday party cake

This year I decided to go for a time-saving option. Instead of trying to make some sort of cake sculpture, I searched for a nice cupcake stand and made simple cupcakes to fill it. My son loves rockets and an internet search turned up this set which includes the cupcake stand, 24 rocket cupcake cake toppers and 24 starry cupcake cases.


Putting the stand together is easy. The rigid cardboard pieces just slot together and the finished effect is great.


Now onto the bit where I made cake! This is a basic sponge recipe (which will probably be familiar to many of you) with some milk chocolate chips thrown into the mix.

Ingredients (these amounts will make 12 cupcakes. I doubled up this mix to make 24)

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Recipe | Ice cream cone cakes

Vanilla cake baked into ice cream cones with a swirl of buttercream. Perfect for kids of all ages!

How to make cake inside ice cream cones so cake looks like ice creams with swirl buttercream and sprinkles

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long, long time, ever since I saw them online last year when searching for ideas for my son’s birthday cake. I got the recipe from BBC Good Food (ever reliable!).

I used flat-bottomed ice cream cones, but I have seen other recipes which use pointy-end cones (technical term there)… but they’re a bit trickier to make and I’m all about convenience 🙂

How to make cake inside ice cream cones with swirl icing and sprinkles

I chose a vanilla cake recipe, but there’s nothing to stop you filling your cones with a different flavoured cake mix.

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Recipe | Raspberry ripple cupcakes with raspberry buttercream filling

These raspberry ripple cupcakes are mini versions of one of the nicest sandwich cakes I’ve ever made. This way it’s easier to store and share the deliciousness 🙂

Raspberry ripple cupcakes with raspberry buttercream 3

Last year, as part of my mission to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and SoulI made a large raspberry ripple sponge cake filled with raspberry flavoured buttercream. I surprised myself with just how delicious is was and I’ve made it several times since. This week I didn’t have enough raspberries to make a large cake, so decided to make some cupcakes instead.

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Some favourite recipes: cute, colourful and delicious bakes!

I’ve spent a lot of time in the writing cave this week. The good news is it’s been productive and my latest round of book edits are almost finished. The bad news: I haven’t had time to bake 😦

But then I looked at my Recipe Index page and discovered I’ve already posted 34 recipes on this blog! Who knew?!

So, as I don’t have a new bake to offer you, here are 5 of my favourites from the archives 🙂

Click on the title or the picture to visit the individual recipe post for more photos and baking instructions.

1. Caramel Smiley Face Biscuits (aka cookies)

Caramel biscuits cookies face decoration with crimped piping buttercream hair

So easy to make and they’ll put a smile on everyone’s face!

2. Simple lemon cake with feathered icing

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Recipe | Chocolate Butterfly Cakes

These are cute, delicious and easy to make! Growing up we called them “butterfly buns” but today I guess they’d be “cupcakes”?

Chocolate butterfly buns cupcakes photo

These are a variation on other butterfly cake recipes I’ve featured. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for links to those!

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Mini rosette vanilla cupcakes

Mini rosette vanilla cupcakes with two tone decorative buttercream frosting

Another experiment which went a bit sideways thanks to a lack of colouring (again! just like the red velvet cake fiasco) and one of the hottest days of the year here in the UK!

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Recipe | Cute Butterfly Cupcakes – perfect for kids of all ages

A childhood classic perfect for kids of all ages. Butterfly cupcakes are easy to make and versatile.

Pink and yellow butterfly cupcakes

Butterfly cupcakes before dusting with icing sugar

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes and 1 spare if you’re lucky!)

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