Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The Long Awaited Return of Master Chef.........and Lemon Diva Cupcakes

Well I have to say I am very excited, the long anticipated return of Master Chef Australia has begun and it is living up to it's expectations. I have fond memories of last years series and many of it's recipes have become a staple in my cooking repertoire. From George's lesson on the perfect steak (my husband's favourite) to the winning Lemon Diva Cupcakes made by Julie (All my friends favourite) I had a ball and learnt a few things along the way.

This year I am also pleased to say that I am in the possession of a Tivo and so there will be no missed episodes for me, no logging onto the website to find the bit my old PVR failed to record.

So in memory of last years successful series and the release of Julie's cookbook Our Family Table, here is the Lemon Diva Cupcake recipe enjoyed by one and all of my nearest and dearest friends!


100gm unsalted butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
finely grated zest of 3 lemons
1 1/3 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup milk

125gm unsalted butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsiuis
  • Beat butter,sugar and extract until thick and creamy
  • Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition
  • Add the lemon zest and mix through
  • Add half the flour and half the milk and stir to combine, repeat until mix is just combined
  • Pour into patty pans filling to 2/3 full
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes
  • While cakes cool make icing
  • Beat butter and lemon juice until smooth
  • Gradually add the icing sugar until mixture is thick
  • Pour into a piping bag and ice the cakes
Eat and enjoy! These are a sure winner in my house! She also sometimes substitutes orange or lime for lemon.

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