Depending on the kind of oven you have, the baking may need to be adjusted. I used the convection setting for this batch, hence the slightly more than golden top even though I baked these for 18 minutes only.
The top of your cupcakes may look like they’re burnt. It’s because of the cheese toppings sprinkled just before baking (unless of course they really are burnt). The toppings may also cause the tops of the cupcakes to be a little bit crunchy.
Lemon essence is optional; I used 1/2 tsp lemon juice before but the smell and taste aren’t as strong as when using essence.
The cupcakes can keep for around 3-5 days when kept in a tightly covered container.