These Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Buttercream will taste like a sweet, cloudy dream! Lemon zest is added for garnish and adds a delicious pop of flavour to these cupcakes!Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Buttercream Frosting

Happy Friday! Today I have a guest post to share with you of cupcakes I made for Best Friends for Frosting, which is like one of my favourite websites for all things girly and sprinkles! I’m going to give you a preview of the post, but I want you to check it out for the recipe!

Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Buttercream Frosting

When I think of the upcoming spring season, the first thing that comes to mind is lemon. I love lemon anything, especially lemon desserts! It’s certainly my favorite flavor, and I have been stocking up on them to make all sorts of lemon treats, including these cupcakes! They’re light and very fluffy, thanks to the butter and the buttermilk in the ingredients. They are by no means tart, but they are packed with vibrant flavor that delivers on freshness and a slight bite of lemon zest added right before you bake the cupcakes. The sweet vanilla and lemon come together so very well.

Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Buttercream Frosting

You can check out the rest of my post here for my guest post on Best Friends for Frosting and see the recipe BELOW.

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Buttercream

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 25 min Serves 15     adjust servings

Ingredients

CUPCAKES

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of pastry flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter flavouring (optional but amazing)
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

WHIPPED BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • Lemon zest, as garnish

Instructions

CUPCAKES

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with 15 liners. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugar for 7 minutes until creamed together, stopping to mix together every 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time. Mix for 30 seconds, then add the other egg. Add the vanilla extract.
  6. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk (alternating) to the mix in three rounds, starting with the flour and ending with it.
  7. Add butter flavoring and the lemon juice to mix until just mixed.
  8. Add the lemon zest and fold in.
  9. Fill each cupcake liner with about 1/4 cup of batter.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the cupcake pan and place on a wire rack.

WHIPPED BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  1. Beat the butter and vanilla for about 2 minutes until fluffy.
  2. Add 1/2 of the powdered sugar and 1 tbsp of the milk. Beat for about 3 minutes, until all is incorporated.
  3. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and the milk. Mix for at least 8 minutes, using the spatula to mix everything together every 3 minutes, until the frosting is white and fluffy.
  4. Once ready, pipe frosting onto the cupcakes in a circle.
  5. Add a bit of lemon zest on top as garnish right before serving.

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44 comments

  1. These cupcakes look amazing, Jessica! As in that fluffy lemon frosting is making my mouth water. Lemon + vanilla is such a heavenly combination. And I loved seeing them pop up on BFFFs Instagram today. Awesome job! 🙂

  2. Autumn says:

    Hmm! This looks so yummy! I feel like I always say the same thing on your photos haha

  3. You have no idea how much I love nothing with Lemon flavor! These look delicious. I was looking for something to take to a friends house and these will be them! Thanks!!

  4. Gorgeous cupcakes, Jessica! Just love that lemon buttercream! pinned.

  5. These cupcakes look so fantastic! I am seriously in love. Gorgeous!

  6. I think of lemony desserts when I think of spring too. So light and fresh. But Jessica! Don’t you know I’m trying to not eat carbs or sugar?! Looking at these pictures is like torture! They look positively sinfully delicious. *wink*

    • Jessica says:

      Hahaha sorry! You’ll get to try it soon! Thanks Natalie! 🙂

  7. Ohhh, that is one gorgeous cupcake. I am totally with you – lemon definitely screams Spring :). Can’t think of a more perfect cupcake than this one to celebrate the season. Will definitely head over to check out the recipe!

  8. ela@GrayApron says:

    Beautiful, lemony, girly cupcakes. I checked BFFF, very cool! 🙂 ela

  9. I think of lemons too this time of year! In fact I’ve got them out for display in the kitchen for some Spring time decor. 🙂
    I’d rather those lemons be in some cupcakes though…these in particular! Gorgeous gorgeous! 🙂

  10. OMG these look toooooo good and that frosting is soooo good! I am with you on lemon! Perfect for spring and summer! Congrats on being published! Keep up the amazing work! You are killing it girl!

  11. Awwhhh these cupcakes look incredibly pretty! And I’m a big fan of all things lemony so I really really need to try these : )

  12. Dina says:

    these look perfect for spring!

  13. Liz says:

    Your cupcakes sound amazing! And who doesn’t love buttercream???

  14. Monica says:

    Your creations are so pretty…this is certainly no exception. That frosting is so fluffy…and btw, I just love that pink liner with the yellow of the lemon zest. Lovely…I almost don’t need to taste it…almost. : )

  15. These cupcakes are so cute! That frosting looks like a fluffy cloud. 🙂 I love Best Friend for Frosting, gonna go check out your recipe!

  16. Joanne says:

    I’m a HUGE lemony sweet treat lover. Like…I may have just attempted to lick that frosting pile off my screen. Off to go check out the recipe!

  17. Ashley says:

    I am planning on making some lemon cupcakes this weekend!! Great minds think alike : ) These look absolutely delicious! I love the way the pink wrappers look with the yellow garnish!

  18. yum! we love lemony desserts! these look great!

  19. Kelly says:

    These cupcakes look so pretty! I love all lemon desserts and these totally scream spring and happiness! I would be super happy with one of these bursts of sunshine in front of me now 🙂

  20. Graham @ Glazed & Confused says:

    We’re definitely on the same page! Lemon is always my first thought when it comes to spring baking.

    These cupcakes look so so delicious. That whipped frosting has got to take it to the next level!

  21. Mary says:

    These lemon cupcakes look scrumptious Jessica! We are definitely going to make these. Anything lemon is great. I like to put a little bowl of lemons on the table for a decoration too! One question, can I substitute regular flour for pastry flour? I never heard of that before.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Mary! Yes you can, pastry flour is just sifted twice and has a teaspoon or so of cornstarch in it to make it softer.

  22. Mm this sounds yummy, thanks for posting this recipe, looks quite easy to make.

    Simon

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