Lemon Cream Cupcakes Recipe
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Lemon Cream Cupcakes Recipe

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Just thinking of these delicate cupcakes makes me hungry! —Ruth Ann Stelfox, Raymond, Alberta.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 244 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 178mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition (batter will be thick).
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, lemon peel and milk; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Cream Cupcakes in Taste of Home August/September 1997, p18

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Classymamaof2girls User ID: 8456140 229932
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"This recipe is amazing! So easy to make. I'm using this to make cupcakes for my brother's wedding, I am also making chocolate cupcakes and am wondering if I can use this same recipe for the chocolate cupcakes? How would I do that? Please help... the wedding is august 8th"

mrsmyers1 User ID: 8061161 19482
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"I only did the cake on this one and honestly used what I had. I didn't have fresh lemon so I used 1 1/4 tsp of lemon extract and the lemon taste was just right. I also used 1 cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream as that was all I had. And I use 3 tbs to 1 egg of olive oil mayonnaise instead of eggs. They tasted just like those lemon girl scout cookies. I put a butter cream icing on top. I will use this recipe with other flavors in the future!"

foreverfarm1 User ID: 2917277 47266
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"These were not my kind of dessert but came out quite yummy - I thought they had a lot of lemon taste in them and will use this recipe again"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 22608
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"My husband really enjoyed these 'moist and lemony' muffins. I sprinkled them with yellow colored sugar."

chugaluga User ID: 3465776 47265
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"I loved the texture and moistness to this cake. I actually am going to try using it as my vanilla cake recipe without the lemon and adding some vanilla beans. YUMMY!"

lillybow User ID: 1141272 202302
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"These are good cupcakes, not too sweet and the lemon flavor is very delicate. I had them without frosting, but with sliced strawberries mixed with sugar like a small strawberry shortcake."

Kdavis50 User ID: 5726640 43080
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"cupcakes were very good but the icing was too tart, I would cut back on the lemon juice just a little"

anonymous User ID: 5520322 15745
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"I've made this recipe twice the first one true to the directions and it didn't have as much lemon flavor as I would like. Second time I added a little more lemon zest and also about 3 tablespoons of lemon curd to the recipe and it was wonderful.

Frosting is very nice as well not overly sweet with the citrus in it."

zrmag1 User ID: 6019636 49735
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"This is truly a cupCAKE recipe. I made Lemon cream cheese frosting and the crowd went wild!"

ekampmann User ID: 5411595 49733
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"This rating is for the lemon frosting...I cheated and used lemon cake mix for cupcakes. :) The lemon frosting is EXCELLENT! I used 2 T. of milk and had to add a little more powdered sugar but will definitely add this to my recipe box! Thanks for sharing!!"

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