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Easy Lemon Cupcakes

Yield Makes 12 1x
Prep: 50 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 10 minutes

Soft and fluffy Lemon Cupcakes with a creamy lemon frosting.


Lemon cupcakes

  • 115 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 200 grams (1 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 210 grams (1 and 1/2 cups) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) Greek yogurt
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) full fat or whole milk

Lemon buttercream

  • 115 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 435 grams (3 and 1/2 cups) icing sugar or powdered sugar, sifted
  • 12 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 12 tablespoons full fat or whole milk, room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla together until pale and creamy. Add eggs and beat briefly until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.
  3. Add half the flour mixture and all the yogurt, along with the lemon juice and zest, and slowly mix together on a low speed. Add the rest of the flour and the milk and mix briefly until smooth and creamy. The mixture will be thick.
  4. Spoon out the cake batter into your prepared liners and bake in the oven for approximately 18-20 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting, add butter to a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and continue to beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of milk and beat briefly. If the mixture is too thick, add an extra tablespoon of both.
  6. Transfer frosting to piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Decorate with lemon zest.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cupcake Calories: 438 Sugar: 53.1 g Sodium: 23.8 mg Fat: 17.3 g Carbohydrates: 68.2 g Protein: 4.3 g Cholesterol: 74.4 mg
Nutrition information is a guide only.
Author: Jessica HolmesCategory: CupcakesCuisine: Australia
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