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Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe – The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

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Looking for the best lemon cupcakes recipe? If so, you’ve come to the right place! These lemon filled cupcakes are a mouth-watering delight!

I LOVE lemon flavors.  It’s a delight for the palate, any time of year.  Just the scent makes my mouth start to water.  As a matter of fact, my cousin actually had some lemon filled cupcakes at her wedding several years ago.  They were amazing!  So much so, that I may have eaten three…or that’s when I stopped counting! (Where’s the self-control woman!)  But that’s another story. 

Anyway, ever since, I’ve been trying to create a recipe that would come close.  Sadly, everything I tried fell short – until recently.  After watching some MasterChef Canada, I was inspired to give it another go.  And I came up with a grand slam!  If you love a dessert that packs a lemony punch, this Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe is for you! 

PS –  If you’re worried about skill level, these are actually quite easy!  They even use a cake mix!  But you can definitely make the cake part from scratch if you’d prefer.

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe – The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

The last time we brought these to a church gathering, a couple people had FOUR cupcakes each and said they had to restrain themselves from eating more!  I will admit that I personally had two at that event.  But if I wasn’t trying to lose a little weight, I would have definitely devoured more.  Anyway, enough of telling you how good they are.  Let’s get down to business and show you how to make them!

Lemony Surprise 

Not only are these cupcakes easy to make, but they also feature a lemon curd surprise inside!  The excitement we’ve seen as people sink their teeth into the center has been so fun.  A surprise element that is well received.

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Ingredients

CAKE:

  • 1 Box Of (Betty Crocker) Lemon Cake Mix

LEMON CURD:

  • 4 Large Egg Yolks
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Emulsion
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter

CREAM CHEESE LEMON FROSTING:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 4 Cups Powder Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Make cake mix according to box directions for cupcakes.
  2. As the cupcakes are baking, it’s time to make on the lemon curd.
  3. In a double boiler, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, lemon emulsion, lemon juice, and salt.
  4. Continue whisking over medium heat for about 10 minutes or till mixture begins to thicken.
  5. Remove from heat and mix in the butter.
  6. Set aside to cool. It will finish thickening as it cools.
  7. As cupcakes come out of the oven, take a small spoon (or frosting tip), and remove about a 1/4″ piece out of the top of each cupcake. You only want the diameter to be about 1/2″ as you want to be able to cover the dip with frosting soon.
  8. Let cupcakes and lemon curd finish cooling.
  9. Then it’s time to whip up the Cream Cheese Lemon Frosting.
  10. In a stand mixer, whip the butter and cream cheese together.
  11. Then add the lemon juice, lemon extract, and vanilla extract.
  12. Slowly incorporate the powder sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach the right consistency.
  13. Fill a frosting bag and set aside.
  14. Once your cupcakes and lemon curd are cool, it’s time to fill each dip with lemon curd.
  15. Then frost the cupcakes with your frosting.
  16. Add sprinkles for the perfect finishing touch.
  17. Enjoy!

 

Yield: 24

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

These scrumptious cupcakes feature a lemony surprise center that delights the taste buds of lemon lovers everywhere!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • 1 Box Of (Betty Crocker) Lemon Cake Mix
  • LEMON CURD:
  • 4 Large Egg Yolks
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Emulsion
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • CREAM CHEESE LEMON FROSTING:
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 4 Cups Powder Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Make the cake mix according to the box's directions for cupcakes.
  2. As the cupcakes are baking, it's time to make the lemon curd.
  3. In a double boiler, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, lemon emulsion, lemon juice, and salt. * If you don't have a double boiler you can find videos on how to setup a makeshift double boiler on Youtube. You can also find really affordable ones to purchase on Amazon. *
  4. Continue whisking over medium heat for about 10 minutes or till the mixture begins to thicken.
  5. Remove from heat and mix in the butter.
  6. Set aside to cool. It will finish thickening as it cools.
  7. As cupcakes come out of the oven, take a small spoon (or frosting tip), and remove about a 1/4" piece out of the top of each cupcake. You only want the diameter to be about 1/2" as you want to be able to cover the dip with frosting soon. See photos within the post for a visual example.
  8. Let cupcakes and lemon curd finish cooling.
  9. Now it's time to whip up the Cream Cheese Lemon Frosting.
  10. In a stand mixer, whip the butter and cream cheese together.
  11. Then add the lemon juice, lemon extract, and vanilla extract.
  12. Slowly incorporate the powder sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach the right consistency.
  13. Fill a frosting bag and set aside.
  14. Once your cupcakes and lemon curd are completely cool, it's time to fill each dip with lemon curd.
  15. Then frost the cupcakes with your frosting.
  16. Add sprinkles for the perfect finishing touch.
  17. Enjoy!

Notes

I do store these cupcakes in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese frosting but will leave out for an entire day when serving too.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 58gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 1gSugar: 49gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 3g

This is only an estimate.

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Photos Along The Way-

While I don’t have photos of every single step, I tried to include ones that I thought you’d find most helpful.

Make The Cupcakes

To begin, whip up a cake mix according to the boxed instructions.  We’ve made these in both regular cupcake size as well as mini cupcakes.  They taste the same so it just depends on what size you’d like.

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

Create The Dips For The Custard

I find it easiest to use the large side of a metal decorating tip.  I gently twist into the top of the cupcake a short way and lift out.  Because the cupcakes are still warm when you do this, the cake releases easily.  Then we take a straw and push the cake out of the tip.  (And then eat the scraps of course!)

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

Add The Lemon Curd

Gently pipe the lemon curd into the crevices you’ve created.  Stop once the curd reaches the top of the cupcake.  You don’t want to overfill as you want this to be a sweet surprise that elevates the cupcake, not take it over.

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

Pipe The Frosting

Choose whichever frosting tip you’d like and pipe frosting on top of each cupcake, making sure to cover the lemon curd completely.  

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

Add The Sprinkles

I love to top with some yellow sugar sprinkles as the color just makes me think lemon.  

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

And then on half of the cupcakes, I add some yellow stars for a little variety.

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

And that’s it!  Serve this Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe right up.   When your guests bite into these amazing cupcakes, you’ll love all the compliments you will get as the lemon curd surprise really wows in both texture and flavor.

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

I do keep these cupcakes stored in the refrigerator but will leave them out for an entire day at a time on the day I’m serving.  (I will add, they have never lasted longer than about 24 hours in our experience!)

Tell me in the comments if you give them a try and what you think!

And if you’re looking for more lemon flavors, give this Lemon Blueberry Delight Recipe or Strawberry Lemonade Frosting Recipe.

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - The BEST Lemon Filled Cupcakes

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Lauryn R

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Lemon is my favorite flavor too, it is always delicious! I have a feeling I would have to restrain myself from eating the whole batch! I can't wait to make these for my family. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

gloria patterson

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

I was never much of a lemon fan and then one day I had something to eat at my sister's. And it was so good and the flavor she told me its the lemon! So I am hooked on any thing with lemon and these lemon cupcakes are on my want list.

Donna

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

These look amazing! I've been baking a lot lately and I've been wanting to make something lemon flavored. These cupcakes would be perfect!

Laura

Friday 13th of March 2020

These look so delicious! Lemon flavored desserts are the BEST!

donna porter

Thursday 12th of March 2020

Best recipe you have ever posted! Lemon is my favorite so just as soon as I get all the ingredients I will be making these cupcakes.

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