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  • Easy Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

    filed under: Cupcakes on June 9, 2016

    Baking a delicious Lemon Cupcake doesn’t have to be complicated! Try this easy recipe for a fast treat!

    Lemon Cupcake

    Lemon Cupcakes

    I got a craving for lemon the other day and knew I just had to make a delicious cupcake! These cupcakes are not overpowering in any way. Almost subtle in flavor! You will definitely want to play around with the amount of Lemon extract that you use. I have 2-3 teaspoons written into the recipe but have used as much as a tablespoon! It’s important to test as you go so you can make them according to your tastes.

    To make this cupcake you will need:

    Cupcake recipe (below)

    Lemon buttercream recipe (below)

    Yellow food color

    Cupcake liners

    Cupcake/muffin pan

    8B decorators tip & plastic disposable pastry bags

    Sprinkles (optional)

    Lemon Cupcake Recipe

    Lemon Buttercream

    Just like with the batter, you will want to taste as you go. Start with 2 teaspoons of lemon extract and add more as needed. Remember to taste a cupcake WITH frosting on it… when tasting the batter and buttercream individually you may not get the full blast of lemon flavor. 🙂

    To pipe the frosting on top, just fill your pastry bag fitted with an 8B tip. Starting at the center, apply pressure and then move the bag around the cupcake. If you want a tall frosting swirl, apply pressure and then build it up by going around 3 times.

    Easy peasy!

    Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Oreo Cookies

    I happened to have some lemon oreo’s so crumbled them and added them to the top of the lemon cupcake. And…

    Easy Lemon Cupcakes

    I added them to the batter! If you want to do this too, just fill your cupcake liners with batter as you normally would then drop an Oreo in and press it down. You can also drop the Oreo in first and then pour batter over top.

    These cupcakes are beyond delicious and truly easy to do!

    Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
    Servings: 12 cupcakes
    Author: Amanda
    Lemon Cupcake
    • 3/4 c (170g) granulated sugar
    • 1/2 c (1 stick or 113g) butter room temperature
    • 2 eggs room temperature
    • 2-3 tsp. lemon extract
    • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1 1/2 c (192g) all-purpose flour
    • 2/3 c (163g) whole milk
    • 5 drops yellow food color
    Lemon Buttercream
    • 3 tbsp. butter room temperature
    • 2-3 tsp. lemon extract
    • 1 tsp. whole milk or more as needed
    • 1 c (125g) confectioners' sugar or more as needed
    • 5 drops yellow food color
    Lemon Cupcake
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Grease or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar, 1/2 cup butter, eggs, and 2 or 3 teaspoons lemon extract together until smooth and creamy.
    4. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
    5. Slowly add flour mixture, alternating with cold milk, into butter mixture until batter is just mixed.
    6. Add yellow food color. (optional)
    7. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups. (about 2 tablespoons or 2/3 full)
    8. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out mostly clean (not wet), 15 to 20 minutes.
    Lemon Buttercream
    1. Beat 3 tablespoons butter, 2 teaspoons lemon extract, and milk together until smooth. Add yellow food color- optional.
    2. Beat confectioners sugar into butter mixture until desired consistency is reached. You may want to add more sugar.
    3. Please note! This is not enough frosting to decorate 12 cupcakes like I have in the pictures. You will want to at least double the recipe if using the 8B tip.

    Recipe barely adapted from allrecipes.com.


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    Love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it. Lemon is so refreshing for s summer desert. Thank you. Keep these awesome recipes coming. BTW. Do you ever make anything gluten-free and dairy-free. Have 2 of these folks in our household! 🙂

    Wow, they look so very fresh and pretty. clever girl! I would love to make them ….. but as I live in the UK, would u please, to able to give me the recipe in metric or imperial ?.. thank you v much.

      You can get the metric conversion amounts on the internet. Just ask for what you need to convert.

    Lemon is the perfect summer flavor! I really like adding a surprise oreo inside too 🙂

    Well, most of the time I make all of my desserts from scratch but I have to admit this is not one of them. This is a lemon box mix but instead of using water I used limoncello and a dash of heavy cream. I also added a small box of lemon pudding mix to the cake for moisture.

    I made it substituted orange for the lemon because it’s all had. Great recipe!

    Hey my buttercream always turns out to be really gritty and full of sugar and not that fluffy and smooth. It doesn’t seem as smooth as ur creams in the pictures. I’ve tried it a few times using different recipes but all in vain. Maybe im doing something wrong here? Would you be able to help me? Any kind of tips are welcome!

      Are you using confectioners/icing sugar? Sounds like you might be using regular granulated sugar, which would cause the grittiness.

        Powdered sugar not regular sugar is meant by confectioners sugar. Not sure why no one uses that since when buying it says powdered sugar on most bags.

    Hi there, I made the lemon frosting from this post and the lemon cake from your other recent post. Based on the quantity of each ingredient for the frosting, I didn’t think there was any way the small amounts would pipe onto 12 cupcakes and, unfortunately, I was right. Your lemon cake recipe made 24 (FANTASTIC!!!) cupcakes so I knew I’d need to at least double the frosting recipe. Even with doubling the frosting recipe, it still didn’t look like it would be enough to pipe (as you did in the pictures) so I decided to use the cookie scoop method, which I’ve seen you do before. Using the medium scoop, I was only able to frost 13 cupcakes with the doubled frosting recipe. I loved the frosting but just wanted to let you know that your measurements appear to be quite low. 🙂

    how many eggs do you use?

    I made these tonight as a late night snack for me and my little sister. Le me just say, they were delicious. I added an extra teaspoon of lemon extract to the frosting and i loved the lemony flavor i got. Also, the cupcakes were nice and most and way better than my last baking attempt which were chocolate chip muffins. for some reason my muffins didn’t rise like i expected. The cupcakes are definitely 5 stars. At least that’s what my little sister says.

    How many cupcakes does this make?

      It says to use 12 muffin cups with paper liners , so I guess it is 12 or 1 dozen

    Good but my frosty is so sugary it’s crazy Ringto

    Can we substitute the All Purpose Flour in this Recipe for a Gluten Free flour? I have a Bob’s Red Mill mix. I just want to know if anyone has tried this and it turned out well.

    Hi. In the recipe it says “white sugar”. Is that granulated sugar?

    Hi, what can be used instead of graham crackers?

      Are you making the cupcakes? I don’t see Graham Crackers listed in the ingredients .

    Just made these cupcakes and they are not light and fluffy at all. What did i do wrong??? They are dense and didn’t rise very well.

    If I double or triple the buttercream recipe, do I also double or triple the extract amount?

    Wondering why you use lemon extract for the cupcakes? I would much sooner use fresh lemon juice if possible but don’t know if possible to substitute. I guess that I would have to work with juice to sugar proportions so I get the tartness wanted without being too sour!

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