Lemon and poppy seeds are a well-known combination, and these cupcakes add a zesty flair to any tea table or picnic basket. The fresh thyme gives a lovely botanical flavour to the cupcakes, making them a little more sophisticated. The ratio of lemon juice to icing sugar adds just enough acidity to the recipe to balance out the sweetness and rounds the cakes off beautifully.
In my house, lemon curd is an absolute favourite treat. There are so many ways we enjoy it – on a freshly baked scone, with fruit and berries as dessert or like in this recipe, on warm pancakes.