Lemon Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 16
  • Total Time: 46 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Lemon Cupcakes -  lemon desserts are what you think of when it comes to Springtime and these lemon cupcakes are the perfect dessert for that.



For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

for the frosting: 

  • 2/3 cup plus
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)


  1. Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Combine the flour and almonds in a food processor and pulse until the almonds are finely ground, about 1 minute. Add the baking powder, baking soda and salt and pulse to combine.
  2. Whisk the eggs, sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil and lemon zest and juice in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling them three-quarters of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes; remove to a rack to cool completely.
  3. Make the frosting: Combine 2/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan; cook over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees F, about 12 minutes. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until foamy; increase the speed to medium high and beat until soft peaks form, 2 minutes. Sprinkle in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, 3 minutes. With the mixer running, slowly pour in the sugar syrup and beat until cool and glossy, 8 to 10 minutes.


Disclaimer: This is not a WW recipe. 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American