Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love lemon.  I love lemon bars, lemon pound cake, lemon poppy seed muffins, and I REALLY love lemon cupcakes.  Here’s a great recipe for lemon cupcakes with the best (in my opinion) cream cheese frosting!

Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

(Makes 24-30 cupcakes) 

3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Cream cheese frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat sugar and softened butter together in a large mixing bowl.  Add eggs, vanilla extract and lemon zest.

Add the salt to the flour and add flour/salt to the wet ingredients (butter, eggs, sugar, ect), slowly.  Then add half the milk, then lemon juice and then the other half of the milk, beating the mixture in between.  Do not over-mix.

Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners.  Fill each muffin tin 3/4 full.  Place in oven.

Bake cupcakes for 18-21 minutes until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from muffin pan.

Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, the next step is adding the frosting……….

Cream Cheese Frosting
(24 cupcakes)
1/2 bar cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter together in a medium-sized mixing bowl, then add vanilla extract. Incorporate powdered sugar, slowly.  Beat until you’ve reached a nice, creamy consistency (see above).  
You can also add lemon juice or lemon zest to this frosting if you would prefer more lemon taste.
Finally, frost your cupcakes…….
And enjoy!
Cottage Mama’s Note:  This frosting is SO delicious.  If you like lots of frosting, I would suggest doubling the recipe.  It’s not too sweet and has a really great cream cheese flavor.  I also like to add extra coarse sugar on top for added crunch and sparkle.

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  1. I adore anything lemon-flavored! These look fabulous!

  2. sounds so yummy! A taste of spring. 🙂

  3. I have been in the mood for cupcakes – and these may look too good to pass up!!! YUMMMMMMM. Cupcakes – here I come!

  4. mmmmmm…I’m drooling!

  5. those look so delicious. I love the extra sugar sprinkle touch. Did you use fresh lemon zest or dried? Janita

  6. Great recipe and great photos. They look absolutely delicous. I will bet the girls loved them! I am keeping this recipe — thanks for sharing.

  7. spelling! delicious 🙂

  8. Thanx Lindsay!! I love anything lemon & even though I don’t have children at home anymore I still love you blog!!!

  9. looks delicious I love cream cheese frosting on anything or by itself 🙂

  10. I love cream cheese frosting and I love lemon cupcakes. Combining the two sounds like a delicious decision and they look super. I have a new linky on my blog called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link this up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweets-for-saturday-1_21.html

  11. Such inspiring photos. A real treat to the eyes. It felt like a professional photos with Great recipe