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Lemon Cupcakes

May 27, 2017 (Last Updated: February 16, 2019)

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Lemon Cupcakes with lemon curd and lemon buttercream frosting!

Lemon Cupcakes cooling on a baking rack.

I’m guessing you knew this was coming! Lemon Cupcakes!!! Okay, this is really a perfect lemon trifecta! Lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon buttercream!

Lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd.

Just imagine each lemony bite! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Lemon Cupcake Batter in muffin tins.

My daughter just turned 16…how does that happen? She was just a toddler! Oh the joys of having a teenager!

For her birthday we made these lemon cupcakes. We also made chocolate confetti filled cupcakes because not everyone loves lemon as much as I do. Both cupcakes were a hit.

I love making homemade cakes and cupcakes for birthdays. Over the years the cake has been a huge focus for each birthday. I always plan what type of cake to make and decorate. She has had a teddy bear cake, a lady bug cake, Raggedy Ann, Barbie cake, a castle, a flip flop cake…..  As she got older she helped me pick the theme and then helped make the cakes.

She has reached the age of just wanting to focus on delicious cakes instead of a themed cake. She still helps me make the cakes, or in this case the cupcakes.

Lemon cupcakes topped with lemon buttercream served on a small white plate.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to do the triple lemon with the curd and buttercream. These cupcakes are equally delicious all by themselves.

Getting ready to fill lemon cupcakes with curd.

How to add a filling to a cupcake

  • Cut a small piece from the top center part of the cupcake
  • Remove cut piece and discard or enjoy for a snack
  • Fill cupcake with filling
  • Frost cupcake as normal covering hole and filling

What type of fillings can I add to a cupcake?

  • lemon curd
  • raspberry jam
  • strawberry jam
  • confetti sprinkles – check out these confetti cupcakes
  • frosting 
  • mini marshmallows
  • mini chocolate chips

Lemon Cupcakes

Other Great Cupcake Recipes:

Lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon buttercream. These lemon cupcakes are perfect for a bridal shower, birthday party or for Mother's Day. #cupcakes #lemoncupcakes

5 from 1 vote
Lemon Cupcakes
Lemon Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Light lemony cupcakes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcakes, dessert, lemon, lemon cupcakes, lemon dessert recipe, lemon recipes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 207 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter.

  2. Mix in sugar until mixture is light and fluffy.

  3. Mix in eggs.

  4. Mix in zest, juice and vanilla

  5. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.

  6. Mix in half the flour mixture into the butter mixture

  7. Mix in milk.

  8. Add remaining flour. Stir just until combined.

  9. Pour into paper lined cupcake pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes. 

  10. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cupcakes continue cooling on a baking rack. 

  1. Cut small amount from top of cupcake. Fill with lemon curd. Top with buttercream frosting. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    5 stars
    Great cupcakes.

  • Reply
    Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)
    June 2, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    These cupcakes are just so perfect!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Thanks, Pamela! 🙂

  • Reply
    June 1, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! And I would definitely fill the cupcakes with lemon curd, such a great idea, I so love lemon curd. 🙂

    • Reply
      June 4, 2017 at 11:52 am

      I do too!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    June 1, 2017 at 12:33 am

    A very happy birthday to your daughter, Kathy. These lemon cupcakes look so delicious and refreshing, Kathy. And that lemon curd filling is a wonderful idea. I wish I grab a few of them through the computer screen. YUM.

  • Reply
    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    May 31, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Wow, I love all the lemony layering you’ve got going on here. I could eat a dozen, well… at least 6 for sure 😉 . Take care.

    • Reply
      June 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Triple lemon!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    May 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Happy HAPPY birthday to your daughter! I’m obsessed with lemon once the warm weather hits, so I’m swooning over these cupcakes! I love that they are really packed with lemon flavor, Kathy! I could eat a dangerous amount of these beauties! Cheers!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      They were a huge hit at her party! I think just about everyone loves lemon!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    May 31, 2017 at 5:35 am

    A big happy birthday to your daughter!!! I’m loving the lemon kick you’ve been on and I think you maaaay have made these just for me? Oh, wait, nope, for your daughter’s birthday 😉 I’ll definitely have to whip up a batch of these beauties! They look so good, Kathy!

  • Reply
    May 30, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Yaaaaas! I love love love lemon, especially in the summertime. And obviously, just about anything in cupcake form is going to steal my heart. These look delicious!

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Right now I am on a huge lemon kick!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    May 30, 2017 at 4:52 am

    What a fun tradition to make all of those birthday cakes together! I can tell by your list that you’ve got great memories of each one. 🙂 I’ll have to do the same with Robbie as he gets older. These Lemon Cupcakes sound so delicious, Kathy! Perfect for summer entertaining!

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      It is a fun tradition! Half the fun is searching for the perfect cake to make. The other half is actually making the cake!

  • Reply
    May 30, 2017 at 3:24 am

    These are pretty as a picture, cute as a button, bright as sunshine…and I bet they taste just as sweet as they look! (with a touch of tasty sour).

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      You’ve got to love that sunny color! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    May 29, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I suspected this was coming Kathy! I love lemon flavored desserts. So refreshing and light. These look yummy!

    • Reply
      May 31, 2017 at 4:34 am

      Thanks, Mary Ann!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    May 28, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Oh my gosh, my lemon-loving Southern husband is in for the BEST treat! 🙂

    • Reply
      May 31, 2017 at 4:39 am

      You could spoil him with these cupcakes!

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