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Lemon Cupcakes

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Lemon Cupcakes are a lemon lovers dream! Perfectly sweet, light, and fluffy, they’re a dessert that everyone goes ga-ga over!


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These lemon cupcakes are where it’s at. They’re so bright and happy. Perfect for any summer or spring get together.

I love that this lemon cupcakes recipe is such a light and refreshing dessert.

You’ll use lemon curd in the cupcakes, frosting, and filling! It gives the cupcakes a light fresh lemon flavor instead of an overpowering tangy lemon taste.

Plus Lemon curd cupcakes are made with simple ingredients! You’ll even get to start with a boxed cake mix. Score!

And a lemon cupcake is fun to decorate too! It’s super easy to pipe on some delicious frosting and the lemon drop on top is the perfect touch!

We’ve been making these fluffy lemon cupcakes for years. And they are a huge family favorite!

Not only that but we’ve sold them, given them as gifts, and taken them to parties. And they’ve always gotten rave reviews!


lemon curd added to cupcake batter


What Ingredients are in Lemon Cupcakes?

Starting with a cake box will make things go quicker but don’t worry. It doesn’t taste like boxed cake!

  • White Cake Mix: Pick this up at any local grocery store. It creates the basic cupcake recipe.
  • All-Purpose Flour: The flour gives some much needed structure to the cake mix.
  • White Sugar: For added sweetness! You’ll want this to pair with the lemon taste.
  • Salt: Salt is necessary even in desserts to bring out the yummy flavor of everything else.
  • Water: The liquid will keep your cupcakes from being too dense.
  • Vegetable Oil: You can use another oil if desired here. Be sure to use one that doesn’t have too strong of flavor.
  • Lemon Curd Recipe : Lemon curd is really the secret to getting perfect lemon cupcakes. 
  • Eggs: Eggs help the cupcakes to rise and also hold them together.
  • Lemon Drops: Don’t forget the lemon drop candies! They’re a sweet and delicious cupcake topping.

Pro Tips:

  • Store bought lemon curd has nothing on homemade lemon curd! Try it and see what I mean.
  • Too much flour is not a good thing! Be sure to measure accurately.
  • Use room temperature eggs. When everything is the same temperature, it combines better.


batter poured into 12 cupcake liners


How to Make Lemon Cupcakes

The best lemon cupcakes are just a few easy steps away.

  1. Combine Dry Ingredients: Mix together the cake mix, flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Add Wet Ingredients: Add water, oil, eggs, and lemon curd to the flour mixture.
  3. Bake Cupcakes: When a toothpick comes out clean, your cupcakes are ready!

Pro Tips:

  • Be careful not to overfill the cupcake batter. ¾ full will keep them from flowing all over.
  • Use cupcake liners to make an easy clean up and help you get the cupcakes out of the cupcake pan.
  • Use a stand electric mixer or hand mixer to save your arm work.
  • Don’t add any filling or frosting until your cupcakes have cooled to room temperature.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure you don’t miss any ingredients.
  • A cooling rack or wire rack will help cool the cupcakes faster.


cupcakes baked in pan


How to Make Filling for Lemon Cupcakes

The perfect filling for lemon cupcakes is Lemon Whipped Cream.

It’s a delicious and light filling that you can easily put into your tender cupcakes.

All you’ll need are some heavy whipping cream and lemon curd to make that delicious filling.

Follow this lemon whipped cream recipe here for all the delicious details.


filling each cupcake with lemon whipped cream


How to Fill Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Filling

No need to scoop any of the homemade lemon cupcakes out or use any sort of special tools.

All you need is a piping bag and a tip. Believe me, it’s the best way to fill your lemon cupcakes.

If you don’t have a piping bag available you can just use a zip lock bag. Simply snip the end off and use as you would any other piping bag.

Put your lemon filling into the piping bag being careful not to overfill as it’ll squeeze out the back of the bag.

Then put the large round tip right into the center of each cupcake and fill until the cupcake begins to bulge. Remove and frost!

Because you’ll be covering the top of the cupcakes with frosting you don’t need to cover up your hole or worry about that. No one will see anything!


frosting each cupcake with lemon frosting


What Frosting Goes Well with Lemon Cupcakes?

The best frosting for a homemade lemon cupcake recipe is hands down this Lemon Curd Buttercream.

It’s a creamy lemon frosting that combines all of your favorite flavors.

When using all things lemon but flavored with lemon curd, it isn’t overwhelming but a perfect balance of citrus flavor, just like a lemon cupcake should be.

For that recipe you’ll need to grab butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, and more lemon curd. Find all the details of how to make it here.

If you want to try a different frosting, try Homemade Buttercream Frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting.

They’re both neutral in flavor and perfect for pairing with the bright lemon flavor of the cupcakes.

Don’t forget the lemon drop candies either!

And if your personal preference is extra lemony flavor, shave a little lemon zest on top right before serving.


8 cupcakes on a serving plate ready to enjoy


Can Dogs Eat Lemon Cupcakes?

There’s nothing in lemon cupcakes that’s particularly toxic for dogs. So if your dog eats small pieces, there’s no reason to panic.

However, sugar, butter, and flour are all hard on a dog’s digestive system.

They have a hard time processing sweets and really shouldn’t be fed them on a regular basis. 

So try your hardest to keep your dogs away from your lemon cupcakes.


side view of single cupcake ready to eat


Can You Freeze Lemon Curd Cupcakes?

Absolutely! Lemon curd cupcakes freeze well and taste great when thawed.

I recommend freezing before frosting. That way you can wrap each cupcake tightly in plastic wrap.

Then place the wrapped cupcakes into an airtight bag and label with the recipe name and date.

You can keep the lemon cupcakes in the freezer for up to three months before they’ll start to lose their delicious flavor.

When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw overnight on the counter and then frost before eating.


side view of cupcake with wrapper peeled off


Can You Make Lemon Cupcakes with Cake Mix?

Yes! While cake mix requires some additional ingredients to help bring it up to amazing status, it’s totally doable.

I like to use cake mix because it cuts down on my work and honestly is just such a nice starter.


cupcakes on a cake stand ready to serve


More Awesome Cupcakes You’ll Love…

Lemon Cupcakes are a delicious and easy cupcake that are sure to bring a smile to your face. Enjoy them all spring and summer and let me know what you think in the comments!


Yield: 30 Cupcakes

Lemon Lover’s Cupcakes

cupcakes on a cake stand ready to serve

These Lemon Lover's Cupcakes are naturally flavored with Lemon Curd giving them an amazing fresh flavor! Easy to make and packed with flavor!

Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes


  1. Prepare Lemon Curd ahead of time and allow to cool to room temperature or chilled.
  2. Preheat oven to 325*F
  3. Line cupcake pan with liners and set aside.
  4. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Mix to incorporate.
  5. Add water, oil, and eggs. Mix well until mixture is smooth.
  6. Add 1 cup of lemon curd. This is what will give your cupcakes a light lemon flavor.
  7. Using a large 3 Tablespoon cookie scoop, fill each liner 3/4 full with cake batter.
  8. Bake for 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  9. While cupcakes are cooling, make lemon whipped cream and fill a piping bag. If you don't have a piping bag you can use a large ziploc bag.
  10. Then make Lemon Buttercream Frosting and set aside.
  11. Piping Tip Instructions: With piping tip, stab it in the top middle of the cupcake and gently squeeze your piping bag. fill center until the cupcake bulges a bit. Remove tip and repeat for all other cupcakes.
  12. Ziploc Instructions: Hollow out the center of each cupcake down to half the cupcake (not to the cupcake wrapper), saving the top nub of the hollowed out piece. Fill cupcake with lemon whipped cream then replace top nub.
  13. Pipe Frosting onto cooled and filled cupcakes.
  14. Top entire cupcake with a lemon drop candy.
  15. Immediately devour one or two cupcakes!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g
Originally Posted: May 16, 2018

Photos & Text Updated: February 19, 2023

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Michelle Oelfke

Monday 1st of March 2021

Hello, Can this be made into a cake? If so what are the changes I'd need to do? I made the lemon curd today to make the cupcakes tomorrow. Thank you for a reply. (*_*) Chelle


Saturday 20th of March 2021

Hi Michelle! Sorry for the late response. Yes it can! Simply make the cake, but instead of cupcakes make into a cake. Then spread lemon curd into the center of two layers, leaving 1/2 inch along edges without curd. Frost with lemon buttercream. Keep cake chilled. Let me know how it turned out.


Monday 18th of June 2018

lemon-lovers-cupcakes is readily available and one can make it


Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Esther, these cupcakes are delicious! Thanks for using my recipe! Hope they turn out delicious!


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Thank you for your quick response😊 Just finished making the lemon curd and is so delicious 🍋 thank goodness when I put it in a mason jar it sealed or might have drank it all before I could get the cupcakes made!!


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

I can't wait to make these this weekend!! Question mention sour cream and vanilla in the directions but I don't see them listed or amounts in the list of ingredients??


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Kelly, I am so glad you left this comment!! GAH! Things like this do happen. I copied the basic recipe for my white cupcakes and adapted them to my lemon cupcakes but forgot about the sour cream and vanilla! Both of which you DO NOT need as the lemon curd adds in the extra moisture and flavor. I've updated the recipe so it should work better! Hope you like them!

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