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Lemon Curd Cupcakes Recipe

Lemon Curd Cupcakes Recipe

Homemade lemon curd flavors these tender cupcakes that were made for my brother-in-law's 66th birthday. He loves lemon and gave these a big thumb's up.—Kerry Barnett-Amundson, Ocean Park, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Edible flowers or additional grated lemon peel, optional


  • 1. For lemon curd, in a heavy saucepan, cook and stir the sugar, lemon juice and butter until smooth. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly; cook 2 minutes longer or until thickened. Stir in lemon peel. Cool for 10 minutes. Cover and chill for 1-1/2 hours or until thickened.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla and lemon peel. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  • 3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 4. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a small round pastry tip. Fill bag with lemon curd. Insert tip 1 in. into center of each cupcake; fill with curd just until tops of cupcakes begin to crack.
  • 5. In a small bowl, combine the butter, vanilla, salt, confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve frosting consistency. Frost cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator. Garnish with flowers or lemon peel if desired. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 376 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"Very good."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"Great recipe! I've saved it to make again. This is the third or fourth time I've made lemon curd cupcakes, and it's the best recipe I've found for them yet.

The best part of this recipe is that the amounts are all just right -- the lemon curd is just enough to fill this many cupcakes, and the frosting makes just enough to *lightly* frost -- though if you like to pile on giant fluffy pillows of frosting, you'll want to double your batch here. This was the first time I've made this kind of cupcake and haven't had piles of frosting or filling left over. Much appreciated!!!
I did modify this recipe slightly and thought the changes were good:
1. I separated 2 eggs and used the whites for the cakes and the yolks for the curd. 2 yolks makes for a richer curd.
2. Rather than add eggs with butter and sugar, I beat the egg whites with 1/3 cup of the sugar into a stiff meringue, then folded the meringue into the batter after everything was mixed. This made the batter really light and fluffy, which meant I could stretch the recipe to make 16 cupcakes rather than 12.
I did not find this to be at all difficult -- but the lemon curd does require a careful hand. You have to be careful not to overcook, or it will turn clumpy and icky. It does not have to be overly thick before you take it off the heat, as it will thicken upon cooling.
A couple more things to notice: don't add salt to the frosting if you're using salted butter, use a zester to grate the lemon peel really finely so you don't have chunks of peel to bite into, and for goodness' sake use fresh lemon juice in the curd -- it makes all the difference in the world.
Thanks for the excellent recipe! I will return to this one often."

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"WAY too difficult for the end product. Also, I had a heck of a time tempering the lemon curd ... made three batches and never got it just right. As a mom to three, I need something a little less time consuming ... I'll stick to lemon pie filling from now on."

Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"Made these for my daughter's birthday party. Huge hit! The adults were fighting over them!"

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"As far as the lemon peel goes...are we leaving this in the curd to be eaten? It doesn't say to remove at any point? Thanks!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"These are wonderful. I didn't have any buttermilk, so I substituted sour cream instead...worked just fine!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"I made these to serve at our Super bowl party. I used a box mix for the cupcakes and filled them with the lemon curd. These are on my list to bake again and again."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2008

"delicious! made them for a dinner party. couldn't believe how good they were. must-make!!!"

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