Lemon & Pistachio Cupcakes

October 20, 2015

Author Notes: Light and fluffy cupcakes with a zesty, lemony flavour. They promise Spring happiness with every bite! Teresa Ulyate

Makes: 12 cupcakes


For the cupcakes

  • 12 cupcake cases
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 60 grams butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 70 grams pistachios, shelled
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinches fine salt
  • 50 milliliters lemon juice
  • 100 milliliters milk

For the icing

  • 60 grams butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk
  • 30 grams pistachios, shelled
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and place the cupcake cases in a muffin tray.
  2. Cream the castor sugar and butter together until combined and pale. Add the lemon zest and egg and mix everything together.
  3. Use a food processor to grind the pistachios finely. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the sugar mixture, add the chopped pistachios and mix. Add the lemon juice and milk and mix until just combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and pop the tray in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  5. To make the icing: Place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft and pale. Sift in the icing sugar. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture comes together. Add enough milk to give the icing a spreading consistency.
  6. Pipe or spread the icing onto the cold cupcakes. Chop the pistachios up finely and sprinkle over the cupcakes.

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Nicole P. March 15, 2019
I used this recipe last night--and the cupcakes came out wonderfully! This was my second time EVER baking homemade cupcakes, and it was a success. The balance in pistachio/lemon flavors in the cake itself is amazing. I filled them with a little bit of lemon curd from another recipe I found online (only did this because my fiance wanted green "slime" in them--they're perfect without the curd), and both my fiance AND my family gave them compliments. The icing was very sweet, but much better and well-balanced (butter-sugar) than the last recipe I used, which was way too oily. I will be using this recipe again in the future! Thank you for this!