The batter is very thick, but the texture is great after baked. I also used lemon juice instead of the zest, mostly because it's what I had available, and it worked great. Not too lemony, but still satisfied my lemon craving. I'll make these again.
The cupcakes were delicious. I like a lot of flavor, so I added lemon juice instead of just the zest. Great texture. I didn't make the frosting because I was concerned about the heat level where I was taking them. So I stuck with the Wilton's buttercream recipe from their website with and used lemon juice to thin it down to the right consistency instead of milk.
I have a huge cravings for citrus deserts and this recipe satisfies them all. The cake has just the right amount of lemon flavor for the average "sour" tooth (although personally, I would add a bit more)and the icing adds that extra kick. It is buttery and so lemony. I would like to try this recipe with other citrus fruit like, oranges.