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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

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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! 🙂

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