Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling and Lemon Buttercream Frosting

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Sick of winter yet? I certainly am. I’m ready to trade in these single-digit temperatures for a nice warm 70 degree breeze, and bundling up in 7 layers just to take out the garbage for swinging gently on the porch swing drinking lemonade. Looking for something cheery to help chase away the winter blues, I decided to make lemon cupcakes. But, these aren’t JUST lemon cupcakes. Inspired by my good friend Amber and a lemon cupcake with lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream frosting that she had at Magnolia Bakery, I decided that I just had to make my own version of them. Bright and zesty, these cupcakes certainly help bring a little spring cheer, even if it’ll still be a few months before the weather catches up!

For the lemon curd:
I used my go-to lemon curd recipe, and I detail the steps to make it here.

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Lemon zest from one lemon (I used a Meyer lemon)
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

For the vanilla bean-lemon buttercream frosting:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

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In a small bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together until the sugar is moist and fragrant.

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In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites and milk.

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Add the butter into the sugar mixture and beat until light and crumbly.

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Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon juice. Add in the flour and egg mixtures, half at a time, until well-blended.

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Pour the batter into the cupcake liners.

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Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

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Using a piping bag with a large tip, pipe lemon curd into the center of each cupcake, being careful not to fill them too full.

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To make the frosting, cream together the butter and shortening. Beat in the lemon juice, then gradually beat in the powdered sugar, half at a time. Add in the vanilla bean, and beat until well-combined.

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Frost with the buttercream icing.

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47 Responses to “Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling and Lemon Buttercream Frosting”

  1. 1 Maria Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    These cupcakes make me think spring! Love them!

  2. 2 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    These just scream Spring! Beautiful!

  3. 3 JenniferA Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Oh, so sunny!!! I love it!! I know I have spring fever over here too. Your lemon curd looks divine.

  4. 4 Tara @ Smells Like Home Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I’m totally in love with lemon curd (and anything else lemon for that matter)…these are a must-make!

  5. 5 Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Delicious! So bright and perfect for spring! I cannot wait!!

  6. 6 Ali @ Three Baking Sheets Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I love the triple dose of lemon in these cupcakes. My mouth is watering and I’m getting that familiar little zing on the side of my throat. Cannot wait to make these.

    (It’s supposed to be 68 degrees here on Friday!)

  7. 7 Eliana Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I can’t think of a better cure for the winter blues. These look delicious :)

  8. 8 Susan Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Perfect for spring…and it feels like it out there today! Got these bookmarked for Easter!

  9. 9 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    OMG. Those look sinful. I love lemon curd. Enough SAID!

  10. 10 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    These look so delicious, Tracy! Love all those wonderful, bright lemon flavors.

  11. 11 Therese Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    These look awesome. I’m a huge fan of all things lemon. I don’t think I’ve ever had lemon buttercream, but sign me up!

  12. 12 stephchows Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    mm count me in for anything involving lemon zest!

  13. 13 Elizabeth McMahon Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    They sound delicious and I know they won’t last long here but I’m Australian and have no idea what you’re refering to when you say *shortening*, can anyone enlighten me PLEASE..! Thanks, Lizzie
    xxx

  14. 14 Christina Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    O.M.G. Did you make these just for me? With the lemon kick I’ve been on recently these look PERFECT!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. 15 Jennifurla Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Perfectio, so vibrant with color and I bet flavor.

  16. 16 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    These look delicious! I love lemon cupcakes, makes me wish it was summer already!

  17. 17 DessertForTwo Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Eee! lemon desserts! I’m excited! Keep ‘em coming–I have a whole bag of lemons from my tree! :)

  18. 18 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Hah! Very happy to have inspired these by eating that cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. At the time I just loved how beautiful it was, and I was going to eat it even when I thought it was just vanilla with vanilla buttercream. The lemon overload was a welcome surprise and made Grand Central Station just a little warmer that day. I’ve got to find some lemons and make some lemon curd, stat. I need these cupcakes in my life with out the Magnolia Bakery price tag.

  19. 19 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Okay Tracy, you have my attention with these cupcakes. Absolutely beautiful and they certainly make me yearn for spring.

  20. 20 Melissa@Eyes Bigger Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    sigh… a little piece of spring in a cupcake. very pretty and I love lemon curd

  21. 21 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream frosting, wow that’s got to be heaven! I love the way they look on the inside.

  22. 22 Lori @ RecipeGirl Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    These cupcakes are so darn HAPPY! I was just at Magnolia and didn’t spot them. Guess I’ll have to go back ;)

  23. 23 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Sooooooooo ready for spring!! And I love, love, love lemon. These look so good with the curd in the middle.

  24. 24 crustabakes Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Nothing but bright lemon flavoured cupcakes to chase the cold winter blues away! These look refreshingly good!

  25. 25 Amanda Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    SO pretty!

  26. 26 Liz Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I’m on a little cupcake spree right now – I can’t seem to stop, so I might have to make these :) And yes, where is the warm weather?! A two-day ‘thaw’ isn’t enough for me!

  27. 27 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I am loving these cupcakes! They are really getting me in the mood for spring! Yesterday it was 65 and sunny here compared to the -15 wind chill that we had two weeks ago..we are getting spoiled. :)

  28. 28 Anna Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look awesomely delicious! We’re getting a small taste of spring here in Chicago today- 55 degrees! Unfortunately it’s only a tease and the weather will be back down to 15 degrees in no time.

  29. 29 Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    yum, yum, yum, all that lemon sounds delicious to me! I love lemon :) they look so pretty.

  30. 30 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Oh my goodness… These look fabulous! I just love lemon cupcakes, and the lemon curd filling makes them even better!

  31. 31 Marie Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    My mom will LOVE these!!!

  32. 32 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Love these! Great flavors!

  33. 33 Jessica Says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 2:44 am

    These look so delicious! And the photos have such great lighting!

  34. 34 Katrina Says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Amazing looking cupcakes! These sound perfect!

  35. 35 Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having Says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    These would definitely help me out of my mid winter funk! They sound so fresh and vibrant!

  36. 36 Kitty Says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I’m not done with winter yet, but I’m always in the mood for lemon! I just made lemon cupcakes too! I like the way you think! These look fantastically delicious!

  37. 37 Joanne Says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    So much lemon! I feel warmer just looking at them!

  38. 38 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) Says:
    February 19th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Ahh these are so full of the puckery love. Can’t wait to try them!

  39. 39 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) Says:
    February 19th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Ahh these are so full of the puckery love. Can’t wait to try them! Gave you a stumble :)

  40. 40 Ari Recipes Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I love your sugar crafts :) .. this lemon muffins are great!

  41. 41 Shannon Says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Oh My!!! I just made these yesterday and they are the best cupcakes I have ever mady!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

  42. 42 Laura Says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    My mom bought me a little unitasker gadget for Xmas that “cores” cupcakes-I think I just found the recipe to test it’s use with! YUM

  43. 43 Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Mmmm..lemon! I love the addition of vanilla bean with the lemon buttercream. It sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

  44. 44 Ilene @ bookscraftsfood Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I made these for my Dad’s birthday this weekend. Sadly I didn’t have time to make the lemon curd or the icing, just dipped them into homemade whipped cream and dusted them with sparkly yellow sugar. No matter, they were delicious! Next time I will definitely take the time to make the lemon curd too. Thanks!

  45. 45 Crystal Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 4:56 am

    FABULOUS!!!!! The lemon curd totally hits it out of the park for me. I made these into jumbo cupcakes for my friend’s birthday and she loved them! Thanks for sharing! They were awesome!

  46. 46 Liz W (EmmaEats) Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    These just scream sunshine and springtime! They look so delicious — I’m looking forward to giving these a try soon. I have some pretty willing taste testers excited about the prospects of lemon curd in cupcakes.

  47. 47 ~Manda~ Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    My sister loves lemon so I made these for her Bridal shower and they were a hit!

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