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Southern Lemon Cupcakes

Refreshing and light, we’re just found your next summer obsession… Once you taste these Southern lemon cupcakes with lemon whipped cream frosting, you’ll be hooked!

southern lemon cupcakes

These cupcakes are everything you love about summertime: fresh, tart, and sweet, with a fluffy cloud of lemon whipped cream frosting on top. They’re perfect for picnics, potlucks, or any time you need a little pick-me-up. And the best part? They’re so easy to make, that you’ll be whipping up a batch in no time.

Easy Lemon Desserts

I have a secret: up until recently, I wasn’t a huge fan of lemon desserts. My hubby loves these Southern lemon cupcakes, but I have just never been a huge lemon fan.

It must have something to do with the pregnancy cravings, but lately, I have started loving all things lemon.

We don’t make dessert at our house often, but when we do it’s usually for a special occasion. These lemon cupcakes are the exception – they are easy to make and light enough that you don’t feel like you’re too full and miserable after indulging in a little dessert after dinner.

Homemade Lemon Cupcakes

Baking is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy, and these lemon cupcakes are a perfect recipe to get the kids involved in. Let them help mix up the batter, and then let them go to town decorating the cupcakes with the lemon frosting.

Let the kids get creative and pick out the perfect cupcake liners. Sprinkles? No problem with your little chefs. They’ll love helping and will enjoy these fluffy lemon cupcakes, even more, when they know they helped make them.

The Best Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting

This is my go-to recipe for frosting, and it’s so good that I really don’t think it needs any improvement. But if you want to experiment, feel free to add in some different flavors or colors. Just be warned, once you’ve had this frosting you’ll be hooked.

The key to this lemon whipped cream frosting is to make sure the cream is cold and to whip it until it’s stiff. If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can use a hand mixer or even a whisk. Just be prepared for a little arm workout.

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting

Lemon cupcakes are perfect for summertime picnics and potlucks! These light and refreshing cupcakes are packed with flavor and topped with a fluffy lemon buttercream frosting.

You can dress this lemon cupcakes recipe up if you want to for a birthday party with some cute pink and yellow sprinkles, or simply add a quartered lemon slice to the top for a fun summer dessert.

They make a delicious treat for a pool party or your best seller at your kids’ lemonade stand. Entrepreneurial skills have never tasted so delicious!

So what are you waiting for? Get those lemon cupcakes in the oven and enjoy!

Southern Lemon Cupcakes


Cupcake Ingredients :

  • 1 stick 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 C whole milk
  • zest + fresh juice of two 2 large lemons

Lemon Frosting :

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 2 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 zest and juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1 tsp pure lemon extract
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Disposable piping bag fitted with a medium star tip
  • 2 lemons sliced into quarters


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using stand mixer beat the butter and sugar together until creamed.
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  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until everything is combined
  4. In a medium bowl, combine together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
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  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients Continue to beat until combined, batter will be thick.
  6. Beat in the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice on low speed until just combined.
  7. Spoon batter evenly into the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 full.
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  8. Bake for about 21 minute or until a toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean when done.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  10. Frosting Directions:
  11. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and juice, lemon extract and heavy whipping cream
  12. Mix on medium speed until combined, creamy and stiff
  13. Scoop the frosting into the piping bag and pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes
  14. Top with lemon slices
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