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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Amazing Lemon Cupcake Recipe

This amazing lemon cupcake recipe is delicious and full of that lemony flavor everyone loves! Topped with a lemony cream cheese frosting these are perfect for spring and summer!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Author Lisa


Lemon Cupcake Recipe

  • 1 ½ cups cake flour*
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbs lemon zest
  • 3 tbs lemon juice

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tbs lemon zest


How to make lemon cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar. Then add eggs and vanilla, making sure they are fully incorporated.
  • Mix flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined.
  • Add in buttermilk, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest. Mix until fully combined.
  • Divide batter into 12 cupcakes.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

How to make lemon cream cheese frosting:

  • With a hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, vanilla, salt on medium high until fully combined.
  • Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, adding in lemon juice in intervals to help the powdered sugar incorporate. The more powdered sugar the stiffer the frosting. I like to use at least 4 cups.*
  • Stir in the zest and frost your cupcakes!
  • Enjoy!


*You can use all-purpose flour if you need to. *Refrigerating the frosting will also help it to thicken and will pipe on nicely to the cupcakes.