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Lemon Cupcakes

May 27, 2017 (Last Updated: April 27, 2020)

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Lemon Cupcakes with lemon curd and lemon buttercream frosting! These soft cupcakes are bursting with lemon flavor. Add the lemon curd filling and buttercream or eat plain. 

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!

Cupcakes filled with lemon filling and lemon buttercream.

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

Cake batter in cupcake 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.

Cutting out the center of a cupcake.

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

A cupcake with the center of the cupcake removed.

Other Great Cupcake Recipes:

A row of lemon cupcakes topped with a swirled frosting.

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Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Light lemony cupcakes
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 207 kcal


  • 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



  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter.
  • Mix in sugar until mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Mix in eggs.
  • Mix in zest, juice and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix in half the flour mixture into the butter mixture
  • Mix in milk.
  • Add remaining flour. Stir just until combined.
  • Pour into paper lined cupcake pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes. 
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cupcakes continue cooling on a baking rack. 


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


Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 149mgPotassium: 72mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 1.2mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword cupcakes, dessert, lemon, lemon cupcakes, lemon dessert recipe, lemon recipes
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  • Reply
    September 4, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    5 stars
    These cupcakes are absolutely delicious.

    • Reply
      September 5, 2020 at 5:35 am

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    April 30, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    5 stars
    Love these cupcakes! They are so moist and full of lemon. Perfect with the lemon buttercream too!

  • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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