Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

These cupcakes are inspired by one of my favourite desserts, lemon meringue pie. They have a light and fluffy sponge with a creamy, but zingy lemon curd centre and a crispy meringue top.


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Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe

Makes: 16 cupcakes
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the cupcakes:

  • 215 g plain flour
  • 190 g caster sugar
  • 0.25 tsp baking soda
  • 1.25 tsp baking powder
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • 170 g unsalted butter melted
  • 3 egg whites from large eggs
  • 120 ml sour cream
  • 120 ml whole milk
  • 8 tsp lemon curd

For the meringue:

  • 3 large free range egg whites
  • 155 g caster sugar
  • 0.25 tsp vanilla essence
  • 0.75 g tbsp cornflour

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C fan (or 200 °C conventional oven) and line two muffin trays with 16 cup cake cases.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and lemon zest) and mix well.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the wet ingredients apart from the lemon curd (butter, egg whites, sour cream and milk).
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients – add the liquid into the dry ingredients little by little whisking well after each addition until a smooth batter is formed.
  5. Half fill the cup cake cases with batter, add half a teaspoon of lemon curd to each case and then fill the case with additional batter such that the cases are three quarters full.
  6. Bake the cupcakes for 18 minutes until a cocktail stick pierced into the cupcake comes out clean and when the cakes spring back up once you press down lightly on them.
  7. In the meantime make the meringue. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff. Use the fastest setting.
  8. Add the sugar to the egg white one spoon at a time whisking well after each spoonful.
  9. Add in the vanilla essence and cornflour and whisk until the egg white is glossy and it stays in the bowl when you tip it upside down.
  10. Once the cupcakes have baked, allow them to cool for around 10-15 minutes.
  11. Add a generous spoonful of meringue to the top of each cupcake. Use the spoon to create a peak at the top of the meringue.
  12. Add the cupcakes back to the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 180 °C until the meringue starts to go slightly brown. Then reduce the temperature of the oven to 100 °C and bake for a further 15 minutes.

NOTES

  • Ensure that all ingredients, especially the eggs, butter and sour cream at room temperature to prevent the cake batter from curdling.

Blackened Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter

I always feel a little bit fancy when I eat salmon, so this dish is great for a date night or special occasion. It’s perfect for when you want a bit of “wow” factor at the dinner table, but you don’t want spend the whole day and evening in the kitchen. The seasoning in this salmon recipe has a creole influence, and the salmon is pan fried on a high heat. This allows the seasoning to go a nice deep brown colour producing that “blackened” crust. The garlic lemon butter adds a complimentary tangy-ness to the fish.

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Blackened Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 17 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the salmon:

  • 520 g salmon slices with the skin on (around 4 slices)
  • 0.5 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 0.5 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 0.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp light olive oil

For the garlic lemon butter:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon sliced (discard the ends)

METHOD

  1. Mix the dried spices (cumin, paprika, chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper) together.
  2. Sprinkle the seasoning over the flesh side of the salmon.
  3. Heat the olive oil in heavy-based frying pan over a medium high heat.
  4. Place the salmon slices flesh side down in the pan cook for 5 minutes. Be careful not to over crowd the salmon slices, fry them in two batches if there is not enough space in the pan. I find that my 28 cm Anolon Sauté Pan is ideal for this as it has a big enough area to cook all four slices of salmon at the same time. It’s a really versatile high quality pan – honestly the most used pan I have in my kitchen. Click here for more details.
  5. Carefully flip the salmon onto the skin side. Cook for and additional 7 minutes.
  6. Remove the salmon from the pan and place the fillets on a plate and set aside.
  7. Add the butter to the pan, once it is melted add the garlic cloves and stir for 2 minutes.
  8. Slowly add in the lemon slices, be careful as they will sizzle in the pan. Cook the lemon in the butter for a further 1 minute on each side.
  9. Pour the butter sauce over the salmon fillets and top each one with a slice of lemon and serve with the garlic cloves.

NOTES

  • Serve with wild rice or sweet potato mash, and steamed asparagus spears.