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Easy Homemade Lemon Cupcakes recipe

Updated on August 5, 2012
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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 20 cupcakes

Cupcakes are fun to make and even more enjoyable to eat. They seem to always make you feel like you're 6 years old again. Growing I always loved the chocolate ones with chocolate frosting, but as I got older I began to appreciate other flavors. Lemon cupcakes are one my favorites now. I decided to share a recipe for some of these lemon ones topped with a lemon glaze. These are easy to make and simple enough to assemble that you can get a few batches done is less than an hour. Don't be afriad to double this recipe if you want to make more.


2 cups All-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 Egg yolks

¾ cup milk


1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Fit 20 cupcake foil into cupcake baking tin (1 12-cup and 1 8-cup one)

3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

4. Mix the unsalted butter and sugar together, in a standing mixer, until fluffy.

5. Add the vanilla, lemon juice and eggs all at once and blend well.

6. Add the flour mixture in three alternate parts with three alternating parts of milk. (1/3 flour then 1/3 milk…)

7. Fill the cupcakes foils in the cupcake tins until they are half way full (example picture below).

8. Bake cupcakes for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

9. Allow to cool, before topping and serving.

10. Top with a lemon glaze (1/2 cup powdered sugar + 2 tablespoons lemon juice whisked together; this is enough to cover all 20 cupcakes).

Example Picture

Half-filled cupcake foils before baking.
Half-filled cupcake foils before baking.


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    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 4 years ago from San Jose, CA

      thanks for reading

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      Such a simple recipe! Thanks! I added lemon zest and a bit more lemon juice (1 tsp more) because I am a lemon lover. Yum!

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading!

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      emimemo 5 years ago from USA

      This hub made me think about going out to buy the lemon! Thank you.

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      You're welcome; thank you for reading!

    • lifehealpraise profile image

      lifehealpraise 5 years ago from South Florida

      Oh yes, thank you, I love cupcakes especially my son - we're bakers in our family so this recipe will come in handy=)! Sweet.

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      I'm glad you liked it, thanks for reading!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      This recipe for home made lemon cupcakes looks like a rich treat! A great recipe for me to keep on hand because needed substitutions would be easy to make. Thanks.