Lemon Cupcakes

Moist & bright Lemon Cupcakes with a delicious homemade lemon cream frosting are the perfect summer dessert!!

Nothing says summer like Fresh Homemade Lemonade and Watermelon. For a summer dessert that is both sweet and tangy, Lemon Cupcakes are a must!

Homemade lemon cupcakes on dish towel

Bright Lemon Flavoring

I have always loved lemon, and who doesn’t love a good cupcake, right?! The cupcakes were a cinch to put together and had the perfect lemon flavor, without being too tart. And we really loved how the lemon cream frosting turned out. Doesn’t it look scrumptious?

The batter alone was delicious and we found ourselves licking the bowl wayyyy too often. They baked to perfection and we were so glad we gave them a try – SOO good!

Sometimes a sweet, fluffy cupcake is the best treat you can enjoy!! And in the summer time, a delicious lemon cupcake is even better. Although the batter of this recipe was amazing, we still thinking the creamy, fluffy lemon icing was the best. Top it off with a little lemon zest and it’s PERFECTION!!!

Lemon cupcakes batter in muffin tin

How to make Lemon Cupcakes

PREP. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 30 cupcake pan cups with paper liners.

WET INGREDIENTS. Sift flour and salt together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract and 2 TB lemon zest.

DRY INGREDIENTS. In 2 parts, gently beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with half the milk and half the lemon juice after each flour addition. Beat until just combined; do not over mix.

BAKE. Fill 30 cupcake liners ¾ full with batter, and bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes. Cool cupcakes in the pans about 10 minutes before removing to finish cooling on a rack.

ICING: In a chilled bowl, beat the cream with an electric mixer on low until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar and lemon juice, a little at a time until incorporated. Increase mixer speed to high, and beat an additional 5 minutes, until icing forms soft peaks. Spread on cooled cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers.

Lemon cupcakes in muffin tin

Recipe Tips + Variations

If all you have on hand is all purpose flour – not to worry! The difference between cake flour and all purpose flour is the protein content. All purpose flour has a higher protein content than cake flour. Since cake flour has a lower protein content, it produces a softer and fluffier cake. That is why it is preferred in this recipe.  If all you have available is all purpose flour here is what we suggest:

  • Make your own homemade cake flour for this recipe by measuring 3 cups of all purpose flour and then removing 6 Tbsp.
  • Next, you will want to add 6 TBSP of cornstarch to the flour.
  • Sift this all together twice and then measure out your 3 cups of flour. (Sifting adds some air and will sometimes give you a little more than 3 cups).

There are many different flavors of frostings you can use for these cupcakes: 

Easy Marshmallow Frosting

Berry Buttercream Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut Frosting

Lemon cupcakes frosting

Storing Info

STORE your finished lemon cupcakes at room temperature in airtight containers. These cupcakes will stay good for about a week at room temperature or stored in your fridge.

FREEZE these lemon cupcakes after they have been baked. Make sure they are completely cooled before freezing. You can freeze them whether they have been frosted or not, but freezing the frosting separately will give you the best results. The best way to freeze them would be to wrap them individually in plastic wrap to keep them fresh. Then store them all in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Lemon Cupcakes recipe

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Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Moist & bright Lemon Cupcakes with a delicious homemade lemon cream frosting are the perfect summer dessert!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 361 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup lemonade
  • zest of 2 lemons

Lemon Cream Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • tsp salt
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan cups with paper liners.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, beat together butter, oil, sour cream, eggs, lemonade and lemon zest. Add dry ingredients and beat until creamy.
  • Use a large cookie scoop to fill cupcake liners to about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes.
  • Make frosting by beating together the cream cheese, butter, lemon zest and salt in a medium bowl. Add powdered sugar and lemon juice and beat until smooth.
  • Once cupcakes are cool, pipe on frosting and add sprinkles if desired.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Hello Kristyn,

    Is is correct that your lemon cupcakes don’t have any baking soda or baking powder in them??


  2. Just made these today. Waiting for them to cool. I had made some other frosting so didn’t use yours. Smells great and the batter off the beaters was good. Even my cat liked it.

    1. I love that your cat even enjoyed it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Hope the cupcakes turned out delicious!