Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

They are loaded with an abundance of lemon flavor (if we are going to call them lemon cupcakes, they better taste like lemon, right? Not just a hint here and there), they have a soft texture and the frosting on top is to die for! These are summers dream cupcakes right here.


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp lemon zest (zest of 2 medium lemons)
1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp buttermilk
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Simple Syrup
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp sugar

Lemon Buttercream Frosting
3/4 cup butter , nearly at room temperature (I used 1/2 cup unsalted and 1/4 cup salted)
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
Lemon slices or lemon drop candies and mint leaves for decorating (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar with lemon zest until finely ground, about 1 minute. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter with lemon sugar mixture until pale and fluffy (if you don't have the paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, then occasionally throughout entire mixing process, stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl). Mix in egg, then mix in egg whites one at a time, adding in vanilla with second egg white.
  3. In the liquid measuring cup used to measure buttermilk, whisk together buttermilk with lemon juice. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter/egg mixture, then mix just until combined. Then add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture to the butter/egg mixture and mix just until combined. Repeat process with flour and buttermilk mixture once more then finish by mixing in last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.
  4. Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 18 - 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes in muffin tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Meanwhile prepare simple syrup.
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  6. Go to Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting @ www.cookingclassy.com for full instructions

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