How to Make Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

by Huang Kitchen

Lemon is an ingredient that when we like it, we really love it. They're superb in these lemon cupcakes. Freshly squeezed lemon juice & grated lemon zest add zing to these light and delicate cupcakes.


  • 1 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoons salt
  • 4 lemons, zest freshly grated
  • ½ Cups unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon extract
  • ½ Cups milk
  • ¼ Cups lemon juice
  • ½ Cups unsalted butter (frosting)
  • 4 Ounces cream cheese (frosting)
  • 2 Teaspoons lemon zest (frosting)
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract (frosting)
  • 2 Cups icing sugar (frosting)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    To make these zingy lemon cupcakes, we need to have fresh lemons. Grate the skins for the lemon zest and squeeze the lemon for fresh lemon juice.

    Step 2

    Prepare all the ingredients needed to make these zingy lemon cupcakes.

    Step 3

    Next, preheat oven to 180 degree C ( 350 degree F ).

    Step 4

    Line a 12 or 24 cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Have ready an ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into the liners.

    Step 5

    In a small mixing bowl, add sifted all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Mix everything together and set aside.

    Step 6

    In a bowl of an electric mixer, add butter (softened to room temperature). Beat the butter until creamy.

    Step 7

    Then add sugar. Beat butter and sugar using medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scape down the sides and bottom of bowl occasionally throughout entire mixing process.

    Step 8

    Then beat in the egg until well mixed with the batter.

    Step 9

    Next, add the egg whites, one at a time and continue mixing until the egg whites is well corporated.

    Step 10

    Add the vanilla extract, lemon extract and the freshly grated lemon zest. Mix until everything is well combined.

    Step 11

    Remove mixing bowl from electric mixer. Add half of the flour mixture. Using a long wooden spoon, mix the flour (in the figure of S) into the batter.

    Step 12

    Then add in milk.

    Step 13

    And the freshly squeezed lemon juice.

    Step 14

    Then add in the remaining of the flour mixture and continue mixing with the wooden spoon until well combined.

    Step 15

    Using an ice-cream scoop, spoon the batter 3/4 full into the cupcake liners.

    Step 16

    Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes or until the tops set and a toothpick inserted in centre of cupcake comes out clean.

    Step 17

    When baked, removed cupcake pan from oven to cool on wire rack.

    Step 18

    Then transfer cupcakes to cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

    Step 19

    Next prepare ingredients to make the frosting.

    Step 20

    Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese and lemon zest on low speed for about 1 minute.

    Step 21

    Then add in vanilla extract and beat until smooth, another 1 minute.

    Step 22

    Gradually add in the icing sugar. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.

    Step 23

    Transfer the cream cheese frosting into a piping bag with a frosting tip.

    Step 24

    Frost the cooled cupcakes. And we're done!

    Step 25

    Garnish these cupcakes with a cut of lemon & lemon zest. These beautifully delicious cupcakes are any lemon lover Spring dream cupcakes! For more, like us on Facebook at