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Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon cupcakes are so refreshing and perfect for anytime of the year. These cupcakes are topped with a generous amount of tangy lemon cream cheese frosting and a piece of lemon candy. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Author: Trang


For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 oz unsalted butter 6 tablespoon – room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk – room temperature
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk – room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese – room temperature
  • 4 oz unsalted butter – room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powder sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a regular size cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Sift the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Measure sugar into a medium mixing bowl, add the lemon zest. Rub the sugar and zest together until fragrance.
  • Add soften butter to the lemony sugar and beat with the whisk attachment on medium until fluffy.
  • Add buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract and lemon extract to the butter mixture and beat to combine.
  • Slowly pour the flour mixture into the liquid while mixing at slow speed. Mix only until combine, use a spatula to scrape any flour on the side of the bowl and mix up anything at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Divide batter equally among 12 cups.
  • Bake at for 17 minutes until an inserted toothpick in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For the frosting, cream the cream cheese and butter with the whisk attachment until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and lemon extracts and beat to mix.
  • Slowly add the powder sugar and beat to combine.
  • Transfer frosting to a pastry bag fitted with the star tip, top cupcakes with frosting and garnish with a lemon candy.