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Easter Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 12


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • For the lemon buttercream:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Decorations:
  • Candy grass or shredded coconut mixed with a couple drops of green food coloring
  • Jelly Beans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined.
  • Add vanilla, and beat until combined.
  • In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture.
  • Combine milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Slowly add into batter, until just combined.
  • Scrape down the sides and make sure all is completely mixed.
  • Evenly distribute among 12 cupcake liners.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting:
  • Beat together butter and powdered sugar, until well combined.
  • Add cream/milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla, beating until well combined.
  • Add more milk if needed for desired consistency.
  • Beat for another 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • To decorate:
  • Frost the cupcakes either with a knife or by piping it on. Leave a little extra frosting for applying the jelly beans.
  • Sprinkle with "grass", then use remaining frosting to stick jelly beans onto the grass. I just put a small bit of the frosting on the back of each jelly bean to ensure they stuck well.
  • Enjoy!