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Iced lemon and poppy seed cakes

Miranda Gore Browne / 23 June 2016

GBBO finalist Miranda Gore Browne shares her recipe for gluten-free iced lemon and poppy seed cupcakes to support Dream Tea.

Iced lemon and poppy seed cakes
Iced lemon and poppy seed cakes by Miranda Gore Browne

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

20-25 minutes




  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • 180g caster sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder

For the icing

  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 150g icing sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°/Gas 3) and line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.

2. Cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest.

3. Beat in the eggs and then fold in the almonds, poppy seeds and baking powder.

4. Spoon into the prepared cases, smooth the tops with a palette knife and then bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, until golden and springy to the touch.

5. Mix the icing ingredients together in a bowl and spoon over the cakes once they are completely cold.

Cooking tip

To make crystallised lemon zest, use a zester to remove thin strips of rind from the lemon, toss in caster sugar and leave to firm up a little before sprinkling over the top of the cakes.

This recipe has been donated by Miranda Gore Browne to Dream Tea. Host your own Dream Tea to help fulfill the dreams of children living with serious conditions. Find out how to host your own Dream Tea event.

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