100g butter, softened
1 cup (200g) daster sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
3/4 cup (155g) caster sugar
1 egg, lightly whisked
2 teaspoons lemon rind
1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
2. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and lemon rind until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the flour and milk, in alternate batches, and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
3. Spoon mixture evenly among the lined pans and smooth the surface. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire reck to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, to make the lemon curd, combine the egg, butter, lemon rind, lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to cool and thicken.
5. Use a small knife to cut a V-shaped piece out of the top of each cupcake, about 1.5cm deep, leaving a 2m wide edge. Spoon the lemon curd evenly among the cupcakes.
6. Place eggwhites in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric mixer to whisk until firm peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, beating well between each addition. Continue beating for 2-3 minutes or until sugar completely dissolves. Spoon meringue on top of each cupcake, using a round-bladed knife to spake in peaks over the cakes and enclosing the filling. Use a small brulée gun to grill the meringue until lightly golden.
Alternatively, transfer cupcakes to an oven tray, place under a preheated grill until lightly golden.