August 25, 2021

Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Jam + Cream Cheese Frosting


These lemon cupcakes are moist, fluffy and delicious! The strawberry jam in the center is optional but highly recommended! They are perfect for when you want a fresh dessert bursting with bright lemony flavor. Top these off with a lemony cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • ¼ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt, room temperature
  • ¼ cup whole milk (warm)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • ¾ cup strawberry jam (optional)

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp almond extract


For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Add the sugar and lemon zest to the bowl of a food processor then pulse until zest is broken up and the sugar is pale yellow.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl then whisk together and set aside.
  • Add the eggs, milk, melted butter, lemon juice, sour cream, yogurt and sugar to a medium bowl and whisk together. Everything should be room temperature, so the ingredients don't clump together.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and fold until just combined.
  • Fill the paper liners about ½ way. Add 1 tbsp strawberry jam, and then add more batter so the liners are filled up ¾ of the way. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the springy to the touch.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the springy to the touch.

For the Frosting:

  • Cream the butter and cream cheese for a few minutes. Then sift in the powdered sugar in a few batches, mixing in between.
  • Scrape the bowl down and add the salt, lemon extract and almond extract while mixing on low. Scrape down once more and mix then transfer to a piping bag and decorate the cooled cupcakes.
Keyword cake, dessert, kid-friendly
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