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Cupcakes are topped with a creamy, tart lemon buttercream perfect for lemon lovers.

This Lemon Buttercream is a smooth buttercream with a tart lemon flavor.

Photo updated September 2012

When I started blogging a little over a year ago, my first time participating in a food blogging event was for LiveSTRONG day– hosted by Barbara at winosandfoodies. So when the event came around again this year, I knew I had to participate again – as this event really is for a good cause.

I’ve been lucky to not have anyone close to me afflicted with cancer. It is such a horrible disease that effects the lives of so many – whether you have gone through it yourself or been close to someone that has. There are so many stories going around food blogs right now because of this event, and I have cried multiple times reading of people’s struggles and triumphs. Even though I haven’t been personally affected, I still wanted to participate and show my support for such a great even.

Last year, I featured the Lemon Sauce my mom made growing up. This year, I bring you more lemon, but this time, in the form of cupcakes. I made these for a co-worker’s last day, and they were a huge hit. Even the girl that was leaving – who never eats sweets – helped herself to quite a few of these!!

The night before, I wasn’t in the mood to do anything elaborate or super time consuming. I knew that mini cupcakes get eaten at work, so I settled on a white cupcake with a lemon buttercream. I guess I’m getting a little bit more confident in my baking skills, because I just threw the buttercream together without a recipe. I know it’s not a difficult thing to do, but I am usually such a recipe follower! I’m glad I wrote down the recipe, though, because this is one I will use again!!

Lemon Buttercream
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An easy buttercream with a tart lemon flavor.
Serves: enough for 24 cupcakes
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  1. Cream butter. Add salt, lemon juice and extract. Add in powdered sugar, half a cup at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.



And don’t forget to check out the round up at Barbara’s blog. This one will be especially fun, as she is also holding a photography contest. The round up will be posted on May 13th.

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37 Responses to Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

  1. Marija says:

    The frosting is fantastic!

  2. Rachel says:

    Lovely! I don’t make nearly enough lemon-y foods.

  3. Mary says:

    Your cupcakes are beautiful! And I happen to love lemony things.

  4. Emiline says:

    Your lemon cupcakes look delightful. I’ve been reading lots of entries to this event. I think I’m going to run out of time before I can enter.

  5. Sarah says:

    This is probably the 4th lemon recipe I have printed off today…I am in heaven and can’t wait to try this buttercream!!

  6. Cakespy says:

    What a wonderful cause to be part of, and what gorgeous cupcakes!! The frosting looks beautiful and I’ll bet they taste even better!!

  7. Brilynn says:

    Who wouldn’t want to help themselves to a few of those? They look great!

  8. Sandy says:

    Love this post – may have to try your frosting.
    We’re on board w/the whole LIVEstrong theme – and my husband is a cyclist! 🙂

  9. kat says:

    those look so good. i can’t believe you just made up the frosting…i love to make cupcakes but frostings seem to stump me lately.

  10. Katie B. says:

    What adorable little cupcakes! Is your office hiring, by chance? 🙂

  11. Grace says:

    mini cupcakes are my go-to office treat, but that’s not important. what’s important is that i would gladly eat that icing a finger-full at a time. 🙂

  12. mimi says:

    that frosting looks sooo soft! wow, these must have been really yummy. i never get tired of using lemon!

  13. Karen says:

    Oh, that frosting looks fantastic! I’m on a total lemon kick. Can’t wait to try these!

  14. Abby says:

    LOVE those wrappers!

  15. Kevin says:

    Lemon buttercream frosted cupcakes sound really good!

  16. Kalyn says:

    Love the yellow frosting, what a great entry.

  17. Nikki says:

    My girlfriends and I used the same cupcake wrappers this weekend! (Got them at Joann Fabrics) But, we made chocolate and red velvet cupcakes so the wrapper didn’t even show! Glad to see how cute yours ended up.

  18. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Your cupcakes are so pretty! I could really go for one right now!I almost made lemon cupcakes for this event too. I ended up doing something different, but now I am craving them. 😉

  19. Peabody says:

    What luck that no one close to you has ever had it. Lets hope it stays that way!
    Awesome cupcakes.

  20. Jenny says:

    Beautiful Deborah! I love lemon desserts and those cupcakes are so cute!

  21. Ellie @ Kitchen Wench says:

    How adorable! And how great is lemon buttercream? I used it for some cupcakes I made last week and am hooked on the stuff!

  22. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    They look very pretty and neat! Beautiful!



  23. KJ says:

    Wow, I can almost taste that lemon icing. It just looks zingy and fresh. Yum!

  24. ruthEbabes says:

    Lemon is perfect in cupcakes…. these sound delicious

  25. Bellini Valli says:

    Lemon is the perfect feel good ingredient for this event:D

  26. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, what a wonderful recipe you chose! I love lemon.

  27. Melanie says:

    I, for one, am impressed you threw together buttercream frosting (so glad you wrote down the reicpe). Very impressive in my book! And the cupcakes look delicious.

  28. Elle says:

    Oh my gosh, those are adorable! i envy all of you cupcake bakers. I’m cupcake impaired, hehe.

  29. RecipeGirl says:

    Super pretty… I love lemon with a passion. Good job on swirling that frosting into gorgeous tops for the cakes!

  30. Cynthia says:

    Beautiful cakes for an exceptional event.

  31. Sophie says:

    I love lemon! I’ve yet to make lemon cupcakes, but I love that you made them for LiveSTRONG Day :). The frosting looks perfect and its color is even perfect for Spring :).

  32. PheMom says:

    The buttercream looks great to me! Yum!

  33. Lore says:

    Great contribution Deborah! I find that your frosting perfectly encapsulates the essence of “A taste of yellow”.

  34. Rosie says:

    Your cupcakes look so beautiful and what wonderful frosting 🙂

    Rosie x

  35. Pearlsofeast says:

    The frosting is hard to resist.I love citus flavor and lemon frosting are the best.

  36. Barbara says:

    Gorgeous lemon cupcakes Deboroah. Great o have you participate again. Thank you for supporting LIveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow.

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