Recipe

Lemon meringue cupcakes

Mix up the classic lemon meringue pie by creating cute cupcakes that are perfect as party food or a gift.

  • Makes 12 Item
  • 1 hr 10 mins preparation
LEMON MERINGUE CUPCAKES

Ingredients

Lemon curd
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) lemon juice
  • 40 gram butter
Cupcakes
  • 125 gram butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (60g) desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/4 cup (185g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
Meringue
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar

Method

Lemon meringue cupcakes
  • 1
    To make lemon curd, combine ingredients in a small heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water; stir constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate until cold.
  • 2
    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line 12-hole (1/3-cup/80ml capacity) muffin pan with paper cases.
  • 3
    Beat butter, rind, sugar and eggs in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in the coconut, then sifted flour and milk. Divide mixture among cases; smooth surface. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked. Cool cupcakes on wire racks. Increase oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).
  • 4
    Cut a 2cm-deep hole in centre of each cake, fill with lemon curd; discard tops.
  • 5
    To make meringue, combine egg whites and sugar in a small bowl, beat with an electric mixer until thick and glossy. Spoon meringue into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain tube. Pipe meringue on cakes; place on oven tray. Bake about 5 minutes or until browned lightly.

Notes

Unfilled cupcakes suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave. Curd is best made a day ahead.