Yuzu Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a great choice if you like citrusy flavours in cake.  As you may have seen on Episode 1 of the Great British Bake Off I am not a huge fan of sugar flowers – well I am a fan but I’m just rubbish at making these tiny things! So I use fresh flowers in my decoration and I think they look lovely even if you can’t always eat them!  Read more about yuzu.

You’ll need

For the cupcakes

  • 120g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 40g soft unsalted butter
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 20ml yuzu juice

For the frosting and decoration

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100 soft unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp full fat milk
  • 3 tbsp yuzu juice
  • Yellow food colouring
  • 12 fresh orchid flower heads to decorate


  • A KitchenAid or hand mixer
  • A 12 hole muffin tin
  • 12 white or yellow cupcake cakes

To make them

  1. Preheat your oven to 170C
  2. Layout two 12 hole muffin trays with cupcake cases and put aside
  3. Lightly whisk the milk and egg together and set aside
  4. Put the flour, sugar, butter and baking powder into the KitchenAid with a paddle attachment and mix on low then high speed until everything is combined and it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Slowly add the milk and egg mixture until it is all combined.
  6. Stir in the yuzu juice (you can add more to your taste, its quite strong though).
  7. Divide the mixture between cupcake cases (approx 30-35g per case) and bake on middle shelf for 15-20 minutes or until just brown. A cocktail stick inserted should come out clean.
  8. Take the cakes out of the oven and leave them in the tray to cool then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. To make the frosting put the icing sugar and butter into KitchenAid and blitz on very slow speed until in comes together. I usually cover the whole thing with a damp tea towel to prevent and icing sugar cloud.
  10. Add the milk and blitz at faster speed until it’s light and fluffy.
  11. Stir in the yuzu juice to flavour and a few drops of yellow food colouring to give a very light yellow colour.
  12. Once the cupcakes are fully cool spoon or pipe the frosting on top.

One response to “Yuzu Cupcakes

  1. Pingback: My recipes from The Great British Bake Off | The Botanical Baker

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