Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Place the Baking Cases into a cupcake tin.
Step 2: Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and the Sicilian Lemon Extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour with a spoon.
Step 3: Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.
Step 4: To make the meringues place the egg whites into a large bowl and whisk on a slow speed for 2 minutes or until the egg whites are foamy. Whisk on medium speed for a further 2 minutes and finally on high speed for a further minute.
Step 5: Gradually add the sugar into the egg whites, continually whisking on high speed until the mixture is stiff and glossy.
Step 6: Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Place a teaspoon of mixture per mini meringue onto the baking sheet. Place in the centre of a pre-heated oven (140°C, 275°F, Gas Mark 1) for 25 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues in the oven until completely cool.
Step 7: Now make the butter icing by placing the butter in a bowl and beating until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar until soft and spreadable.
Step 8: Spread the cupcakes with a layer of butter icing and top with a teaspoon of lemon curd and finish with a mini meringue.
Step 9: Sprinkle with lemon zest and icing sugar for the perfect finish.
|Per Serving||Per 100 g / ml|
|Fat||14.67 g||21.26 g|
|Carbohydrate||37.43 g||54.25 g|
|Protein||2.30 g||3.34 g|
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