Mini Lemon Drop Cakes

Mini lemon drop cakes are drenched in a mouthwatering lemon glaze making them delicious and addicting and perfectly sweet + tangy!

We love all things mini like fruit tarts, cinnamon rolls, and donuts. These mini Lemon Drop cakes are a perfect treat for lemon fans.

Stacked and glazed mini lemon drop cakes on a white plate

Easy Lemon Drop Cakes

I am a huge fan of all things lemon, and these Mini Lemon Drop Cakes are my latest experiment. The original recipe called for a cake mix, but it made 75 lemon drops. I didn’t need that many, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. I am thrilled with how they turned out.

I took them to a bridal shower, and they were a big hit! They are soft and buttery, and the lemon glaze soaks into every nook and cranny, making every bite delectable. Be careful, they are hard to stop eating!

Fresh lemon zest is the secret to incredible lemon flavor, so don’t leave it out. If you love lemons, you are really in for a treat! We love all things lemon, especially in the summer time, and we hope you’ll love these mini lemon cakes (aka lemon drops) for your next get together. I’m warning you now that they’re addicting, so beware!!

How to Make Mini Lemon Drop cakes

How to Make Lemon Drops

PREP. Spray mini muffin pans with non-stick spray; set aside.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl; set aside.

WET INGREDIENTS. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add water and bring to a boil.

COMBINE. Pour hot mixture over dry ingredients and beat with a hand beater till barely blended. Beat in the sour cream, egg, zest, and lemon juice till smooth.

BAKE. Scoop batter into muffin pans. Bake at 325° for about 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then turn onto cooling racks. Cool completely before glazing.

MIX. Whisk all glaze ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Heat for about 10 seconds in the microwave till glaze is very thin.

GLAZE. Dip lemon drops top side down into the glaze. Let excess glaze drip off into the bowl, then invert lemon drops bottom side down onto cooling racks. (Place waxed paper underneath the cooling racks for easier clean up.) Let sit till glaze hardens.

Mini Lemon Drop Cakes glazed and stacked on a white plate

Tips + SToring Info

These mini lemon drop cakes might just be the perfect lemony dessert! Here are a few helpful tips you might like before you get started with baking them:

  • Use your stand mixer, if preferred, to make these. Just make sure to use your paddle attachment and blend the ingredients gently on the lowest speed.
  • When making the glaze if you find that the consistency is a little too thick you can add a little more milk until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Store leftover lemon juice in the fridge for a month or in the freezer for up to 6 months to use in other recipes.
  • Use a vegetable peeler if no lemon zester is handy. If using a peeler be sure to work from the top to the bottom, carefully peeling off only the top layers of the skin of the lemon. Take care not to cut past the yellow part of the peel. The white pithy layer of the lemon is bitter and you want to avoid adding that to this recipe. Also, make sure you zest the lemon before juicing!

STORE covered on your countertop at room temperature if you plan to eat within a few days.

FREEZE them before you add the glaze. Flash freeze the cakes on a baking sheet for about an hour and then add them to a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag. They will store well frozen for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat them just thaw out on your countertop and then make the glaze and dip your cakes.

Mini Lemon Drop Cakes on a white plate

If you love lemon, Here are a few more recipes to try:

Lemon Drop Mini Cakes

4.74 from 79 votes
Mini lemon drop cakes are drenched in a mouthwatering lemon glaze making them delicious and addicting and perfectly sweet + tangy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 62 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Spray mini muffin pans with non-stick spray; set aside. 
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add water and bring to a boil. 
  • Pour hot mixture over dry ingredients and beat with a hand beater till barely blended. Beat in the sour cream, egg, zest, and lemon juice till smooth.
  • Scoop batter into muffin pans. Bake at 325° for about 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then turn onto cooling racks. Cool completely before glazing.
  • Dip lemon drops top side down into the glaze. Let excess glaze drip off into the bowl, then invert lemon drops bottom side down onto cooling racks. (Place waxed paper underneath the cooling racks for easier clean up.) Let sit till glaze hardens. 

Lemon Glaze

  • Whisk all glaze ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Heat for about 10 seconds in the microwave till glaze is very thin.

Notes

-Recipe inspired by Butter with a Side of Bread

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  1. 2 stars
    The flavor isn’t bad, and they’re not too difficult to make. But not one… Not even one came out of the pan when I took it upside down. After that, I used a knife around the edges and particularly perfect shape. Spoon to try and take them out not one came out usable.

    I tried to send you a photo, but your comment line doesn’t allow it. So I wasted an hour or so of my time, cleaning up my kitchen, and ended up with a product that I couldn’t use. I wanted this for my husband’s wake, but I’ll try with the recipe that I’m sure it will work. I’m pretty and

    1. I’m sorry to hear they stuck to the pan for you. If you read up in the comments, there has been some different non-stick methods/recipes shared. Might be worth trying? Thanks for giving the recipe a try and for your feedback.

  2. I so wanted these to look like the pictured lemon drop cakes but they were a complete disaster! I double greased my mini muffin tin and NOT ONE came out of the pan . This method should be removed from the recipe.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. We haven’t had any trouble with it coming out of the pan using that method, so I’m sorry to hear it gave you trouble! Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

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