Citrus Chick Cupcakes
Citrus cupcakes for spring....groundbreaking right? Well there's more to these than a simple dash of lemon and paired with the cutest little chick decoration these are a perfect bake for Easter.
Servings: 6 cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
- 125 g unsalted butter softened
- 125 g lemon sugar see post for details
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 125 g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp milk
For the Buttercream
- 150 g unsalted butter softened
- 300 g icing sugar
- 2 tsp orange extract
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/8 tsp yellow food colouring
- 12 edible eyes 2 per cupcake
- 6 orange sweets
- orange icing pen or orange buttercream
For the cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a cupcake tray with cupcake cases
Cream the butter and lemon sugar together until soft and fluffy, then add the eggs one by one.
Stir through the lemon zest and vanilla extract, then add the flour all at once and fold through until combined.
Add the milk to loosen the mixture
Spoon the batter evenly between the cupcake cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once baked leave the cupcakes in the tray for 5 minutes then take out and let them cool fully on a wire rack whilst you make the buttercream.
For the buttercream
Cream the butter to soften in a large bowl then gradually add the icing sugar a tbsp at a time until it's all combined.
Add the tsp orange extract and milk and fold through until the mixture is a firm but pliable consistency.
Finally add the yellow food colouring and beat through to create a soft pastel yellow buttercream. Add more if you wish to make it more vibrant.
Fit a piping bag with a closed star piping nozzle and fill the piping bag with the buttercream
To create the chicks pipe a mound for the body, then stop and pipe a smaller mound for the head
Bring them to life by adding edible eyes and an orange sweet for the beak, then finish with some orange icing for the feet.
Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 1234IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg