Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

These lemon cupcakes have a fresh, light taste of lemon and are topped with a hint of lemon flavored buttercream frosting. Great tasting and simple to make.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 18
Author beckysbakingdelights


Lemon Cupcakes:

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 - 3 lemons)
  • 2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, whole or 2%, room temp
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Lemon Buttercream Frosting:

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 - 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extrct


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

    2. In medium sized bowl, combine sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

    3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.

    4. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending on medium speed until well-blended.

    5. Add in the vanilla extract and lemon juice to the batter.

    6. Alternate adding a third of dry ingredients followed by a third of the milk to batter, mixing on medium-low speed. Repeat until all ingredients used and batter is combined.

    7. Use large cookie scoop to fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.

    8. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.

    9. Remove pan to wire rack to cool for 3 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and continue to cool on wire rack.

    7. Store cupcakes in airtight container.

For the Lemon Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In large bowl, blend together butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

    2. Add in powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream (or milk) and blend on medium-low speed until ingredients until ingredients are combined.

    3. Add in vanilla extract and lemon juice and blend until smooth and creamy.