This amazing lemon cupcake recipe is everything you could want in a yummy cupcake! Each cupcake is topped with a sweet lemon cream cheese frosting. Could it get any better? I don’t think so! Seriously amazing!
You guys, I love cupcakes! Last week I shared my grapefruit cupcakes, and a while ago I made orange marmalade cupcakes. I’ve also made chocolate cupcakes with a marshmallow frosting and next week I’m going to share my chocolate strawberry cupcakes with you all! I might have a problem… but maybe it’s not a problem, just a delicious opportunity!
Regardless, today I give you these amazing lemon cupcakes with a delicious lemon cream cheese frosting. The lemon flavor is bursting out of them and it is awesome!
For these cupcakes I used cake flour but if you don’t have any just use all purpose flour, it will be fine! The cake flour helps the cake be a little more crumbly but the cupcake will taste amazing regardless which flour you use.
The easy cream cheese frosting is super good and I love that you can change up the flavor by adding any extract you want. For these I obviously used lemon extract, but you can add vanilla, almond or any other extract! The frosting is even good plain!
Do you have a favorite cupcake? I’d love to know! Let me know if a comment below!
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!
Lemon Cupcake Recipe
- 1 ½ cups cake flour*
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 tbs lemon zest
- 3 tbs lemon juice
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 4-5 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 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 and cream cheese 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!
*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.