Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on January 1, 2018

I feel like I crave the flavors of summer all year long.  There is something so magical about these Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream! The flavors, the light, warm, refreshing flavors of summer that tastes amazing any time of year! Try my Strawberry Muffins for another summertime favorite! Looking for more cupcake recipes? I’ve got you covered.

Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream!

Lemon Cupcakes

As much as I love the comforting aroma’s of pumpkin and spice, or the biting coolness of mint, or even the rich decadence of all things red velvet… I can’t help but crave the light citrusy tang of lemon. I slightly adapted my Cherry Limeade Cupcakes to make them lemon and boy was that a good idea!

These cupcakes are infused with lemon before AND after baking! Lemon juice goes into the batter, you bake, and then brush each cupcake with more lemon juice hot out of the oven. It’s magical I tell you! 

Lemon Cupcakes!!

Strawberry Buttercream

Strawberries go for about $5 a container at my local grocery store and lemons are $1 each!  Since I didn’t win the lottery recently,  I splurged and got just one lemon.

As far as the strawberry, I compromised and made a recipe utilizing strawberry jam instead of fresh.  This worked beautifully!  I was able to get the sweet hint of strawberries and not break the bank.

Lemon Cupcake Recipe

I stumbled upon a recipe using jam for the buttercream.  This is quite a genius way to add a specific flavor to the buttercream, as I noticed that the first ingredient in jam is sugar!


Boob Cupcakes (Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream)

Now don’t look too closely at this picture or you might start seeing things. Ha! I can’t tell you how many people have told me these look like boobs. (Also, sorry for saying boobs on my blog.) But they do. I can’t deny it! They would be perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Easy Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream!

5 from 9 votes
Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

There is something so magical about these Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream! The flavors, the light, warm, refreshing flavors of summer that tastes amazing any time of year!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cupcakes, strawberry buttercream
Servings: 15 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
Lemon Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups (192g) all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 113g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (123g) whole milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice divided
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
Strawberry Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 113g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam or preserves
  • 3 cups (384g) confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
Lemon Cupcakes
  1. Heat oven to 350ยฐF. Prepare cupcake tins. (This recipe yielded 15 cupcakes for me.)

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment (starting on low), cream together room temperature butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.
  4. Add in vanilla, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Remove from mixer then fold in lemon zest with spatula.
  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Use a pastry brush to brush remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over the top of the cupcake while they are still warm.
  8. Let cupcakes cool completely and dry before topping with strawberry frosting.
Strawberry Buttercream
  1. Place butter, vanilla and jam in stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high for 1-2 minutes, or until fully incorporated.
  2. With mixer on low, add in sugar, one cup at a time. When mixer starts to struggle, drizzle in milk one tablespoon at a time.
  3. After all milk as been added whisk buttercream on high for 1-2 minutes.
  4. To make cupcakes, put buttercream in a pastry bag with a large open tip. (or no tip at all, just the opening of the bag) and pipe out dollops on top of cooled cupcake.
  5. OPTIONAL: Sprinkle with gold Star Dust.

Recipe Video

Recipe adapted from Cherry Limeade Cupcakes.  

I hope you will make these today and enjoy a little summer-time flavor journey just like I did!

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  • Sally Anne says:

    I am so glad I have found your website… It is amazing!! I was hoping to use this recipe for my daughters birthday cake..however I was hoping to decorate her cake similar to your rose cake but I was wondering if it’s possible to do this using this very yummy sounding strawberry icing recipe!

    Thanks x

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Sally! I am not sure the recipe will hold the roses as well. You could always try added more powered sugar… maybe as much as a cup or 2… more to get a stiffer consistency! I would add a 1/4 cup at a time and test as you go. Happy Birthday early to your girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mila furman says:

    Amanda sitting her catching up on all my blogs and I stumbled upon these bright beauties, You are the master of cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    Your post about these on Instagram made me smile. They are a beautiful color and I am sure that they taste amazing!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I am so excited that a friend of mine has a lemon tree. SCORE! These are the prettiest cupcakes ever!

  • Jes Lahay says:

    Super cute! The pink is so refreshing this time of year and would be perfect for Valentine’s Day! Thanks Amanda for the awesome recipe inspiration!

  • Erika says:

    Ooh so gorgeous lady!! That swirl of frosting on top is just perfection. I wish I could send you some lemons from our backyard tree! Strawberry lemon is one of my favorite combinations ever!!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    These cupcakes are so so pretty! Lemon treats are my favorite and I love that you combined them with strawberry frosting! Sounds amazing!

  • Liz says:

    I just made these and I can’t stop licking the strawberry icing.. I’m an amateur baker that is gluten-free (eek!), so the cake was not as pretty as yours but still really tasty.
    That icing though…thank goodness I didn’t have to substitute anything so I can eat it in all it’s glory!

    If you ever have to venture in the gluten-free world or already have, I’m eager for your advice. Thanks!!

  • leslie king says:

    These cupcakes are absolutely stunning! I’m sure they taste as good as they look! For those of us who don’t have your talent, can you tell us how you managed to get that frosting piped on so beautifully?

  • Pearse says:

    wondering what the texture of cake is? Crumbly ,light or dense?thanks

    • Amanda says:

      a bit dense and a lot light. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sarah says:

      it’s very light but a tight crumb. very very addictive ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Ashley says:

    I made these and love them! I’m going to try them again (just to perfect) before making them for my daughter’s first birthday party. My cupcakes came out a little denser than I’d like though. Do you have an tips on how I can make them a little lighter? I hate to skimp on the lemon juice, but could it be too much juice? Thank you! Oh… and can you tell me how you iced them? They are darling!

  • Nicole riccinto says:

    I just made these the other day and they were delicious! I want to make it as a cake for Easter…any suggestions how to adapt the recipe for a bundt cake?

    • Sarah says:

      I made a six inch cake with the mix. Turned out perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure a bundt would work well too

  • amster dam says:

    Ive tried to use this recipe to make a cake in a pan but both times it seems to come out fairly dense instead of fluffy. Any tips for converting this into a cake ?

  • Jackie says:


    What brand of strawberry jam did you use in this recipe.

  • Sarah says:

    Hi, love your recipes. How would i use fresh strawberries instead of jam without buttercream becoming runny please?

  • Megan says:

    We just moved to Arizona and much to my pleasant surprise, we have a producing Lemon tree in our back yard. I made these cupcakes tonight with a big fresh lemon and they were amazing! Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely be making these again.

  • Tasha says:

    I’m just curious how much cream you put in and is it heavy cream? I apparently missed that in the recipe. I see the milk, is that what you’re talking about?these look delicious and I would love to make them for a fundraiser for my job.

  • Tally says:

    Pretty and yummy

  • Alice Zich says:

    You are so clever, I really love your cupcakes!

  • alison says:

    hi there
    tried this recipe and it did not raise at all i had 1/2 cupcakes
    any ideas what happened?

    • Amanda says:

      Oh no! So sorry. There are a number of factor.. but I would look to the leavening ingredient first, egg freshness next, how the batter was mixed, and oven temps.

  • Paige says:

    Do these need to be stored in fridge?

  • Ana-Lilia says:

    Thinking to use them for a surprise in promptu bridal lunch. What do you think?

  • Jenn says:

    Can I make the icing ahead and freeze it until ready to use?

  • Casey says:

    Can I use cake flour to make them a little lighter?