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• Sugarflair yellow food colouring - egg yellow or melon yellow • Sugarflair dark brown food colouring • Brown muffin cases • Extra large gerbera / daisy sugarpaste cutter • Non-stick mat • Non-stick rolling pin • Foam pad - this small mat is to dry your sunflower decorations on overnight


To make the lemon cupcakes 1) Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C / gas mark 4. 2) Beat 175g butter with the caster sugar until fluffy. 3) Beat in the 3 eggs, one at a time. 4) Sift in the flour and stir into the mixture. 5) Finely grate the zest of 2 lemons and stir into the mixture. 6) Juice 2 lemons and stir 2 tbsp into the mixture. 7) Place the brown muffin cases in a muffin tin. 8) Divide the mixture between the cake cases, filling 2/3 full.


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9) Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 18 - 20 minutes. 10) Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack. 11) Once cool, use a knife to cut out a small circle in the top of each cake, scooping out some of the cake from the centre of each cupcake. 12) Add a tsp of lemon curd to the centre of each cake, then replace the circular lids you cut out, pressing them into the top of each cake to create a firm surface.


To make the lemon icing 1) Beat 150g butter until fluffy. 2) Add 350g icing sugar and beat. 3)


very thinly on the non-stick mat and leave it to dry out slightly for a few minutes, otherwise it will be too sticky to cut. 3) Use the large flower cutter to stamp out 12 sunflowers and let them dry on the foam pad overnight. 4) Colour roughly 50g of flowerpaste with dark brown food colouring. 5)


Then form small balls from the


Juice the remaining lemon and add 1 - 2 tbsp. 4) Beat well for a few minutes until light and fluffy. 5) Fill the piping bag with the icing and pipe a swirl onto each cupcake.


To make the sunflower decorations 1) Colour roughly 100g of flowerpaste with yellow food colouring. 2) Roll out the yellow flowerpaste


brown sugar paste and press down with your thumb to flatten each one. 6) Use a cocktail stick or fork to poke small holes across the top of each brown centre. 7) Attach the centres to the flowers with a dab of water. 8) Carefully place a sunflower on top of each cake. 9) Place on a decorative plate or cake stand and serve!


Images courtesy of Gill Smith


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