Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

These lemon meringue cupcakes are filled with tangy lemon curd and topped with lightly toasted meringue – a delicious cupcake twist on a classic dessert!

I have a new found love for developing dessert-inspired cupcake recipes. It’s so much fun experimenting and finding the best way to incorporate the flavours, the textures and appearance of the dessert into the cupcake. So far we’ve had Banoffee Cupcakes and Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, and now these gorgeous lemon meringue cupcakes.

Lemon meringue cupcakes

How to make lemon meringue cupcakes

There are 3 parts to these lemon meringue cupcakes:

  1. Lemon infused cupcakes – the zest of 2 lemons is added to a simple vanilla sponge mixture. Light in texture and buttery in flavour, the sponge melts in your mouth and has a lovely citrus kick.
  2. Lemon curd filling – the middle of the cupcakes is scooped out and filled with sweet and tangy homemade lemon curd. Lemon curd is surprisingly quick and easy to make, and homemade always tastes SO much better! But if you fancy taking a shortcut or want to speed the recipe up, then you can use a jar of shop-bought lemon curd instead.
  3. Toasted meringue topping – a simple two-ingredient meringue is whisked up, swirled on top of the cupcakes and lightly toasted under the grill. You can also return the cupcakes to the oven or use a blow torch to toast the meringue. Just watch them very closely (I literally sat next to the oven!) as they can quickly burn.
Lemon curd

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

For the cupcakes:
200g Stork tub
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons milk
2 lemons, zest only

For the lemon curd:
4 lemons, juice only (you can use the two lemons from the cake ingredients above)
2 lemons, zest only
120g caster sugar
2 large egg yolks
20g unsalted butter

For the meringue topping:
4 large egg whites
200g caster sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a cupcake baking tray with 12 cupcake cases.

Start by making the cupcakes. 

In a large bowl beat together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract until light and creamy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, adding 2 tablespoons of the 200g flour with each egg to stop the mixture from curdling.

Add the remaining flour, baking powder, lemon zest and milk and fold together until smooth and combined. Be careful not to over-mix. The mixture should drop off the spoon but still hold its shape.

Divide the mixture equally between the cupcake cases. Bake for 16-18 minutes until the cupcakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool.

Now make the lemon curd.

In a small saucepan combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and egg yolk. Heat gently for about 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter to make thick, glossy lemon curd. Pour into a jar and leave to cool and thicken up.

Fill the cupcakes.

Make a hole in the middle of each cupcake (you can do this using a cupcake corer, apple corer, piping nozzle or teaspoon). Fill each hole with a teaspoon of lemon curd and press the cut-out piece of sponge back into the hole, trimming to fit if needed.

Now make the meringue topping.

Whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk on a medium-high setting until they are thick, bright white and can hold their shape. Now add the caster sugar a tablespoon at a time, whilst continuing to whisk, until you have a stiff and glossy meringue.

Spread the meringue on the top of each cupcake and put them under the grill to lightly toast the meringue. Watch them like a hawk as they can burn very easily, mine took roughly 30 seconds to brown. Leave to cool completely before serving.

Store the cupcakes in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Mojito Cake

Classic cocktail meets cake. Flavoured with white rum, mint and lots of lime, this mojito cake is light, refreshing and packs a real punch!

I had so much fun developing this recipe, spending an afternoon drinking rum and eating cake. Dreamy. I loved experimenting with the flavours to find the perfect balance between sweet and citrus, and making sure the rum comes through but doesn’t blow your head off!

So what makes this a mojito cake?

Well, first the three layers of sponge are flavoured with lime zest and vanilla. Then whilst the cakes are still warm, a sugar syrup infused with lime juice, fresh mint and white rum is then drizzled over, soaking into the sponge. A simple buttercream with fresh lime juice and white rum is used to sandwich the cakes together, and the final touches are a sprinkle of lime zest and a lime wedge placed on top.

Mojito cake
Mojito cake ingredients
Mojito cake mixture

Ingredients (makes a 3 layer, 8 inch mojito cake / 8 slices)

For the cakes:
300g Stork tub
300g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
300g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons whole milk
3 limes, zest only

For the syrup:
3 limes, juice only
100g caster sugar
Small bunch mint
100ml white rum

For the buttercream:
300g unsalted butter, at room temperature
600g icing sugar
3 tablespoons white rum
1 ½ lime, juice only

For the decoration:
1 lime, zest only
Mint leaves
Lime wedges

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line the base of three 8inch round baking tins with greaseproof paper and lightly grease the sides with a little butter.

Start by making the cake. In a large bowl beat together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract until light and creamy.

Mix in the eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of the 300g flour with each egg to stop the mixture from curdling.

Add the remaining flour, baking powder, lime zest and milk and fold together until smooth and combined. Be careful not to over-mix. The mixture should drop off the spoon but still hold its shape.

Divide the mixture equally between the cake tins. Lightly tap the baking tins on the side to release any air bubbles. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Whilst the cakes are baking, make the mojito syrup. Add the lime juice, sugar and mint to a saucepan and heat on medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved, the liquid is bubbling up and is syrupy. Remove from the heat and stir through the rum. Leave to infuse for 10 mins, then strain into a bowl. 

Take the cakes out of the oven and leave them to cool for 5 minutes. Prick them all over with a toothpick or skewer and spoon over about 3 tablespoons of syrup per cake. Leave to cool completely.

Now make the buttercream. Beat the butter until really soft and pale in colour. Sift in half the icing sugar and beat together until smooth. Sift in the remaining icing sugar, add the rum and lime juice and beat again until smooth. If the buttercream is too soft add a 1-2 tablespoons of icing sugar.

Time to decorate. Put one of the cakes on a pretty plate or cake stand. Spread an even layer of buttercream on top. Top with the second cake and repeat. Put the final cake on top and cover the top with buttercream. Decorate with the lime zest, lime wedges and mint leaves.

White Chocolate and Raspberry No-bake Cheesecake

This white chocolate and raspberry no-bake cheesecake recipe is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s light, refreshing and very moreish!

The base is made using digestive biscuits, it’s buttery and crumbly and because this is a no-bake recipe, it can skip the oven and go straight in the fridge to set. The cheesecake filling is smooth, creamy and perfectly sweet. Fresh raspberries are dotted throughout which adds a lovely sharpness and goes so well with the sweet taste of white chocolate. The final touches are a simple drizzle of white chocolate and fresh raspberries placed around the edge.

White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake slice
Top tips for making a no-bake cheesecake

If making a no-bake cheesecake makes you feel a little nervous, trust me you’re not alone! I think it’s the dreaded fear that the cheesecake doesn’t set properly and you’re left with a lovely biscuit base swimming in a puddle of runny cheesecake mixture (eeek). But fear not! This recipe has gone through a lot of trial and error and I promise it won’t let you down. Just follow the steps carefully and have a read of my top tips below to help you make a perfect cheesecake every time.

Tip #1 – Line the base of the baking tin with greaseproof paper

Lining the base will prevent the cheesecake from getting stuck to the bottom of the baking tin, making it so much easier to lift off and transfer to a serving plate.

Tip #2 – Keep the cream cheese in the fridge until you’re ready to start

In the UK our cream cheese isn’t as thick and it can loosen very quickly when mixing it from room temperature. This is why I only take the cream cheese out of the fridge, along with the cream, at the start of the recipe. By the time you need to use it, it will still be cold enough to hold its shape but not too cold that it won’t mix with the icing sugar.

Tip #3 – Add the white chocolate before the double cream

I’ve learnt this tip the hard way. I’ve found that adding the white chocolate before the cream helps prevent it from seizing and making the mixture lumpy. I’m not sure what the science is behind this but its something to do with ingredient temperature differences. Just trust me on this on

Tip #4 – Don’t skimp on the chill time

Although it can be painful having to wait, make sure you chill the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, or even better overnight. This will give the cheesecake enough time to set and firm up.

Tip #5 – Decorate just before you’re ready to serve

If you’re using fruit, in particular berries, decorate your cheesecake just before you’re ready to serve. This will help prevent the fruit juices from bleeding onto your lovely white cheesecake and make sure they keep fresh.

white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake

Ingredients (makes 8-10 slices)

For the biscuit base:
250g digestive biscuits
125g unsalted butter

For the cheesecake layer:
400g full-fat cream cheese
75g icing sugar
300ml double cream
180g white chocolate
200g fresh raspberries

For the decoration:
20g white chocolate
50-100g fresh raspberries

Method

Line the bottom of an 8inch round loose-bottom baking tin.

First melt the 180g white chocolate for the cheesecake in the microwave in 20 second blasts or on the hob until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Now make the biscuit base. In a separate bowl, melt the unsalted butter until it turns to liquid. Use a rolling pin or food processor to crush the digestive biscuits into fine crumbs. Pour in the melted butter and mix together, coating all the biscuits crumbs in butter. Transfer the biscuit mixture to the baking tin and press into an even layer. Place in the fridge to firm up.

Now move on to the cheesecake layer. Sift the cream cheese into a large mixing bowl and add the cream cheese. Use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whisk together until smooth and free of any lumps. Pour in the white chocolate and use a spoon or spatula to fold into the mixture. Add the double cream and whisk together for a 1-2 minutes until you have a thick, smooth cheesecake mixture that holds its shape.

Take your biscuit base out of the fridge. Spoon half of the cheesecake mixture on top and spread into an even layer. Scatter the raspberries on top. Spoon the remaining cheesecake mixture on top and spread into an even layer, smoothing out the top.

Place the cheesecake in the fridge to set for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight for best results.

Decorate just before you’re ready to serve. Melt the 20g white chocolate and drizzle on top. Place the raspberries around the edge of the cheesecake. Slice into 8-10 slices and serve.

Lime and Pistachio Loaf Cake

Light and refreshing Lime and Pistachio Cake topped with cream cheese frosting and decorated with chopped pistachios and fresh lime zest!

Lime and pistachio cake

Reasons to love this Lime and Pistachio Cake

  • The sponge is buttery, light and fluffy.
  • Fresh lime zest and juice are infused into the sponge.
  • Sweet cream cheese frosting is spread on top and pairs beautifully with the zesty cake.
  • No fancy equipment needed for this recipe and it’s perfect if you’re short on time.
Lime and pistachio cake mixture

Recipe Overview and Top Tips for baking this Lime and Pistachio Cake

  1. Mix the lime and pistachio cake ingredients together. For a fluffy cake texture, I highly recommend using margarine instead of butter, this will also prevent the cake from doming.
  2. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Use the ‘toothpick test’ to check whether the cake is ready, it should come out crumb-free.
  3. Spoon over the lime drizzle. Prick the warm cake all over and let the lime drizzle sink into the sponge.
  4. Make the cream cheese frosting. Use full-fat cream cheese to make sure the frosting is thick and holds its shape.
  5. Decorate the cake. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the cake, scatter chopped pistachios on top and zest a lime over the cake.

Ta-dah, your lime and pistachio cake is ready!

Cream cheese frosting

What size loaf tin to use

For this lime and pistachio cake recipe, you will need a 2lb loaf tin. The dimensions of the tin I used are 15.5cm width x 29cm length x 7.5cm depth. I’ve also shared a link to the exact baking tin below.

The best way to prepare a loaf tin: Unlike square baking tins, loaf tins can be a little tricky to prepare. I’ve found that the best way is to first lightly grease the tin all over with a little butter. Then cut a piece of greaseproof paper that is long enough to line the base and long sides of the tin, with enough hanging over the edges to help you lift the cake out. This way the loaf cake will have straight, neat edges and bake more evenly.

Equipment & ingredients used to make this recipe


Lime and Pistachio Loaf Cake

Light and refreshing Lime and Pistachio Cake topped with cream cheese frosting and decorated with chopped pistachios and fresh lime zest!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

Lime and pistachio cake

  • 250 g Margarine or unsalted butter I use Stork Original
  • 250 g Golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 large Eggs At room temperature
  • 250 g Self-raising flour
  • 1 Lime Zest and juice
  • 50 g Unsalted pistachios Chopped

Lime drizzle

  • 0.5 Lime Juice only
  • 50 g Golden caster sugar

Cream cheese frosting

  • 80 g Icing sugar
  • 40 g Unsalted butter Soft at room temperature
  • 40 g Full-fat Philidephia cream cheese Cold from the fridge

Decoration

  • 10 g Unsalted pistachios Chopped
  • 1 Lime Zest only

Instructions
 

Start by making the lime and pistachio cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Lightly butter a 2lb loaf tin (I used this one by Circulon) and line with greaseproof paper (see notes in the post above). Set aside for now.
  • In a large bowl, beat the margarine, golden caster sugar and vanilla extract together until creamy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Don't worry if the cake mixture curdles.
  • Add the remaining flour, and the zest and juice of the lime. Fold together until fully combined.
  • Fold through the chopped pistachios and spoon the cake mixture into the loaf tin, smoothing it out the top.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes* until risen and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out free of crumbs.

Make the lime drizzle

  • Stir the lime juice and sugar together in a small bowl.
  • Whilst the cake is still warm, prick the top all over with a toothpick or skewer and spoon over the lime drizzle, allowing it to sink into the cake.
  • Leave the lime and pistachio cake to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Make the cream cheese frosting

  • Beat the butter and icing sugar together until smooth and pale in colour.
  • Take the cream cheese out of the fridge and add to the bowl. Gently fold the mixture until smooth and fully combined. Be careful not to over-mix, as the frosting can quickly become runny.

Decorate the cake

  • Spread the cream cheese frosting all over the top of the cake.
  • Bash up the pistachio nuts with a rolling pin and scatter on top. Zest the lime over the cake, slice and serve!

Notes

Store your Lime and Pistachio Cake in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Keyword Cake, Cream cheese frosting, Golden caster sugar, Lime, Pistachio