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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes Recipe

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes Recipe

Classic lemon meringue pie inspired these gorgeous little cupcakes. The tangy treats hide a surprise lemon pie filling and are topped with fluffy toasted meringue. Make them for your next special gathering. —Andrea Quiroz, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup lemon creme pie filling
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and lemon peel; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 3. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a very small tip. Fill with pie filling. Push the tip into the top of each cupcake to fill.
  • 4. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Pipe over tops of cupcakes.
  • 5. Bake at 400° for 5-8 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 153 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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mammabelle 221849
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"These are really delicious. I took them to work and they disappeared fast. I did not use canned lemon pie filliong. I made my own from scratch - it does not take too long. They were pretty tasty the next day too."

kramerstacey15 187771
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"These were delicious. I followed the directions exactly and they were easy and turned out great. They were still the good the next day too after sitting in the fridge overnight."

ship2007 174562
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Love to make but what is lemon creme pie filling? Is it in a can or a box? Can someone help me on this? Thanks."

chocolates2see 174560
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"I made these for my church and everyone loved them....awesome recipe"

piegram 186073
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"So very good, moist too. They are devoured in no time at all."

FarahParis 169092
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Can't wait till Spring think these sound divine for Easter dinner. To Carol Jackson.. you can find lemon pie filling in the pudding isle and Musselmen's makes it and cans it along with Key Lime pie filling."

idrivebus 128119
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"look so good, can't wait to try them. to golliwog--you should be able to freeze cupcakes WITHOUT the meringue. Add the meringue when ready to serve."

Carol Jackson 189287
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"What is "lemon creme pie filling"/ There is no product like that available in our stores. The lemon curd idea sounds good."

golliwog 186053
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"These sound great BUT can they be frozen?"

paul3303 189283
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I made these for my family last night and they loved them. I used lemon curd instead of pie filling and the taste was great. I used a torch to brown the meringue, much faster and easier then the oven. Definitely a keeper. Thank you."

bailygirl 169091
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"These are fantastic!!!!!!! Everyone raved about how great they are. I was a little leery about canned pie filling but I had a ton of cupcakes to make for a wedding so I tried the canned and it worked great and saved me a ton of time. Will definitely make these again soon :)"

lenglert1 185947
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"We loved this lemon treat and I will definately make this again!"

Valbing 128118
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"These are excellant, similar to a recipe that my mother used to make when I was growing up."

tlt360 188754
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"Made these for Easter. Everyone loved them. I'll definitely make them again."

nucgirl 189281
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"Made them for Easter Sunday and they were a big hit everyone loved them. One of the guests commented that they were better than the ones her husband had purchased last week from a pricey gourmet cupcake shop. Definitely a keeper will add to my top 10 cupcake recipes!"

cocoa3c 105085
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"This was a pretty good recipe and my cupcakes turned out well and tasty, but with a few modifications. First, I made the lemon pie filling from scratch, I mean come ON! There's nothing like it. Second, since I had only one, dozen cupcake pan, I decided to bake all the cupcakes first before I filled and meringued them. So, to bake the meringue, I put all but a few baked cupcakes on a large cookie sheet, and only left a few in the cupcake pan. It turned out that those in the cupcake pan overcooked a bit, and were more difficult to get out of the cups with the meringue on. Those on the cookie sheet cooked beautifully and were much simpler to handle. My youth group gobbled them down!"

skimo1 170423
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"Made these yesterday per recipe. EVERYONE loved them. took some to work and most were gone before I got to the lunchroom. Will definately make again and again."

CiCiB 128116
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"No review just a question. Has anyone tried this with say, chocolate?"

BakFanLin 169090
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"I use Meyer Lemons to make my own filling, but this recipe is a favorite at Josie O's Bakery!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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