Wimbledon excitement is building as we enter the second week - what an extraordinary first week for tennis fans!
And across the pond July the 4th is just around the corner. C is half American so I half heartily said these were to celebrate his heritage. Of course, for me, it was just an excuse to bake & eat cupcakes!
250g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
250g self-raising flour
Zest & juice of 2 lemons
280g icing sugar
Heat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan & line a muffin tin with 12 cases.
Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, zest of 2 lemons and juice from 1 lemon into a bowl and whisk with an electric whisk.
Whisk until your cake mixture is just combined - don't over whisk. Divide between the muffin cases then bake for 30 minutes, until a skewer poked in comes out clean.
Transfer to a cooling rack. See? Easaay!
Cream the butter & icing sugar together, add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to loosen it & add flavour. Leave the cupcakes to cool completely and pipe the buttercream on.Sprinkle red, white & blue things on top!
Eat them watching Wimbledon, with a Pimm's in hand, punnet of strawberries to your side.
American friends: eat them watching fireworks, after a BBQ worthy of your British friends envy, with a Pabst in hand.