Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

Lemon desserts are for me what chocolate desserts are for chocoholics. These are mildly rather than aggressively lemony. I figure 7/8 cup flour by filling a 1 cup measure, then removing 2 tablespoons. 1 Tbs grated lemon zest is approximately one lemon's worth of peel. By the way, the frosting is also good on carrot cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat together the butter, cream cheese, lemon zest and sugar, then beat in eggs until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the flour, baking powder and salt to the cheese mixture and beat with your mixer on low speed until just combined.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between 12 cupcake cups that have been lined with paper cupcake liners.
  4. Bake at 325F about 25 minutes until firm to the touch.
  5. While cupcakes are baking, make frosting by beating the frosting ingredients together until smooth.
  6. Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire rack.
  7. Frost when cooled.
Most Helpful

These cupcakes are fabulous! I increased the amount of zest in both the cake batter and icing from 1 tsp to 1 TBS, added 1 tsp of lemon extract to the batter and added the juice from one medium-sized lemon to the icing (increasing the amount of confectioner's sugar by 1 cup). The flavor of these cupcakes is a wonderful hit of lemon! The texture of the cake is light and moist! By adding the lemon juice to the icing gives the perfect amount flavor to the overall product! This recipe will definitely go into my special do-again cookbook!! Thank you, Echo echo!

Bev October 03, 2007

These were very good cupcakes. Nice, light texture. I would have prefered them to be a bit more lemon-y, but that's just my taste. I did not use the frosting listed, as I did not want a cream cheese frosting for this occasion. I'm looking forward to trying the cupcakes with the frosting though. Overall, a great light cupcake.

rbrynsaas June 19, 2009

Great cupcakes. I love lemon and these had a nice light, well balanced lemon flavor. The cakes came out perfect. They're moist and raised well. I also really liked this frosting. Not to sweet or overly cream cheesey. I'll be holding on to this recipe. I only got 10 regular sized cupcakes though. Thanks Echo!

Nikoma April 03, 2009