Wow – this is a fantastic recipe for some of the most unusual but delicious cakes I have made so far…
For the sponge:
120 g self-raising flour, sifted
145 g golden caster sugar
40 g butter, at room temperature
2 lemons, zest only
120 ml whole milk
1 large egg
For the frosting:
225 g butter
400 g icing sugar, sifted
1 lemon, juice only
few drops yellow food colouring
3 packets sherbet dip dab sweets, sherbet only
Dip dab lollies, or coloured sherbet
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole tin with cupcake paper cases. Tip the flour, sugar, butter and lemon zest into a food processor and blitz on a slow speed for one minute, until you achieve a sandy consistency.
- Gradually pour in half of the milk and beat until just incorporated. Don’t worry if it looks a little messy at this stage – it will come together! In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining milk together with the egg. Pour into the batter and beat for a couple of minutes until smooth, scraping down the side of the bowl to catch any unmixed ingredients as you go.
- Divide the mixture between the 12 paper cases, filling each one up two-thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the golden sponge bounces back when prodded with a finger. Leave to cool on a wire rack while you make the frosting.
- For the frosting: Tip the butter and icing sugar into a food processor and beat until well combined. Add the lemon juice, colouring and sherbet, and then beat again for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy.
- When the sponges have cooled completely, carefully spoon a third of the frosting into a piping bag and use it to decorate the first four cupcakes. Repeat until you have finished them all. Alternatively, just use a palette knife to spread about 2 tbsp of frosting onto each cupcake.
- Decorate with the dip dab lolly, or a sprinkling of colourful sherbet.