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Happy Spring, cupcake lovers! Glory of Glorious Treats here with an easy and delicious recipe perfect for welcoming spring! Lemon is such a bright and fresh flavor and these cupcakes can be adjusted to your tastes to include a little or a lot of lemony goodness. The perfect yellow polka-dot cups are available from The TomKat Studio Shop.

Vanilla- Lemon Cupcakes

For the cake– Bake up a batch of Vanilla cupcakes using your favorite box mix or recipe.  If desired, add 1-2 teaspoons of freshly grated lemon zest to the batter.

Filling (optional)-  If you love lemon (like I do!) cut out cone shaped hole in the top of the baked cupcakes and fill with 1-2 teaspoons of lemon curd.  Lemon curd can be bought next to jams and jellies at most any grocery store.  I used (this) delicious homemade lemon curd.

Frosting– (recipe below)

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe by Glorious Treats)

This is  a variation of my favorite Cream Cheese Frosting.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 (8 oz.) package (block) cream cheese

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter (while still cool) until smooth.  Add (cold) cream cheese and continue to beat until fully incorporated and smooth.  Add powder sugar, one cup at a time, while the mixer is running.  Continue mixing and add lemon zest, vanilla and lemon juice.  Mix an additional 30 seconds, until smooth, light and fluffy.  Frost cooled cupcakes.

If you’re not confident piping frosting on cupcakes, I have shared a post here on The Tomkat Studio and also a post (and video) on my blog, Glorious Treats on how to frost cupcakes. Also, be sure to check out the TomKat Cupcake Decorating Kit, which includes the tip I used for frosting these cupcakes!

Have a SWEET week, friends!

April 16, 2012

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  1. Tina Dahl says:

    These look fabulous, and anything with lemon curd is good in my book!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I love lemon cupcakes! Thank you for sharing… looks so delicious!

    • Isabelle says:

      I know right, i have always just liked smelling the fresh lemon smell, and just because i am a kid does not mean i am not a baker. I <3 BAKING

  3. Sandra says:

    Almost to pretty to eat.

  4. Oh Kim we must be channelling each other – I have a blog post up today as well about lemon and a recipe for lemon curd! How funny! Leanne xx

  5. This Vanilla Lemon Cupcakes is cute…. it is just a waste to eat them……

  6. Yumm… lemon!! These sound delicious Glory! Not to mention how bright and cheery they look! Can’t wait to try!

  7. Could I use the cake recipe and frosting recipe to make cakepops? I am making some for my neices birthday and I would like them to be extra special!

  8. Leah says:

    Looks delicious and very cute!

  9. ButterYum says:

    Absolutely adorable – LOVE the cupcake liners!!!!!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    These look so cute and delicious! I was wondering if you bake the cupcakes with the polka-dot cups?

  11. Lilie Bakery says:

    Waouh, your cupcakes are just fabulous! I have tried lime cupcakes a few days ago, and the result was very fresh too, I love it!

  12. Ella Thompson says:

    I made this cupcake recipe yesterday and they were delicious! I used the Glorious Treats vanilla cupcake recipe with the lemon zest and followed the frosting recipe exactly- so good. I will definitely be making these again.

  13. Brenda says:

    Looks delicious! But is there a substitue for cream cheese? for consistency such as cream – or can i just leave it out?

  14. Ryan says:

    Just made these for my boyfriends birthday – huge hit! I’ll definitely be making them again! 🙂

  15. carol says:

    Hi, looks amazing, i just try your recipe twice and ends up very liquid. I use a hand electric mixer. I dont understand What happend 🙁

    • I would highly suggest using a large stand mixer if possible. It’s best to use cool or cold butter and cream cheese, and a hand-held mixer can not blend those ingredients very well when they are cold. If you only have a hand-held mixer, and thus have to use room temperature ingredients you will need to put the finished frosting in the fridge to firm up for up to an hour.

  16. Tara says:

    Where did you get the cupcake liners?

  17. Dana says:

    Used your recipe for the cupcakes with vanilla pudding & cake mix – why did my cupcakes sink in the middle
    after coming out of the oven?

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