Lemon Buttercream Cupcakes

Before I get to this week’s recipe, I have to share this story with you. Tonight we were at a local food tasting event, and Gigi’s Cupcakes was one of the vendors.  As I approached the booth, all wide eyed and smiling (as I always tend to be in the presence of a Gigi’s Cupcake), I told my husband, “I have to decide which ones I want to try.”  And the girl behind the table said, “Take as many as you want.”  And I said, “Oh no! Don’t say that, cause I’ll take them all!”  
We laughed. And then I took 3 mini cupcakes. (3 Mini Cupcakes equals 1 Whole Cupcake. Right??) Then as we walked off I said to my husband, “That girl doesn’t know who she’s dealing with. I’ll be back later to get try the other 3 flavors they’ve got.” (And yes, Miss Piggy did make it back to try the other three.) 
And my mom and stepdad were volunteering at the event, and were also able to hook me up with some cupcakes to carry home, so tonight we’re in cupcake heaven!
Well, the cupcakes I’m sharing today aren’t from Gigi’s, but I expect they’ll be a crowd please just the same!


Recipe for Lemon Buttercream Cupcakes:

For the cupcakes, just use a yellow cake mix or yellow supreme.  Or you could try this Lemon Pound Cake recipe (my favorite!) and just adjust the baking time.

Frosting Ingredients:
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 tbsp milkDirections: Cream together butter and shortening.  Add lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix well.  Slowly add powdered sugar. Then add a little milk and continue to alternate between the two, until all ingredients are added and you reach desired consistency. (You might need to add extra milk or sugar if the consistency isn’t right.)


I’m linking up at Tidy Mom and these parties.


  1. Looks refreshing and delicious. I'd probably try your pound cake too.

  2. Yum – I love lemon anything!

  3. Kassi Mortensen says

    I love lemon flavored anything!!! Yum yum!

  4. I love all things lemon. Wish I had one of these right now

  5. Aisling Beatha says

    They look absolutely yummy. I adore anything lemon flavoured.

  6. Dreamgoddess says

    These look delicious! My family loves anything lemon, so I bet these would be a big hit with them.

  7. Pat's Pink Apron says

    This is another favorite flavor of mine and that's lemon. Looks delicious. Love to try them. Pat

  8. AndiWinslow says

    Beautiful, love lemon and love cupcakes. Made some yesterday Andes Chocolate Mint and hubby left the hugh carrier on the counter, so the boys won't be having cupcakes today for break. Hope they will still be ok for tomorrow. Have a good week and hope you enjoyed all the flavors of the cupcakes……….andi

  9. Our Delightful Home says

    This looks simply divine!

    Mrs. Delightful

  10. Christine says

    YUMMY!!!!! I made some lemon cupcakes with strawberry buttercream and vice-versa last year for my daughter's birthday… YUMMY!!!

    Sure hope you'll link this up over on my blog:

  11. Handmade by Hilani says

    I heart anything with Lemon! Great recipe, can't wait to try!

  12. Sue/the view from great island says

    I love all tings lemon and this frosting looks amazing…

  13. Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com says

    Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to stop by and share this…http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

  14. Balancing says

    these look awesome! going to print and add to my list to try~!

  15. Miz Helen says

    Hi Jerri,
    This is one of my favorite's, I just love Lemon Buttercream. That cupcake looks delicious! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Oh this looks good! And I love lemon everything!

  17. Jenn Erickson says

    Mmmm…how utterly luscious!

  18. Yum!!! Lemon is such a refreshing flavor!!! And I totally would have gone back to the booth too:-) Thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesdays.

  19. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says

    Yummy!! These look devine!!! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon! Bonnie 😉

  20. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    Looks so yummy and lemon is my favorite! Thanks for sharing on Mom On Timeout!

  21. Pat's Pink Apron says

    Lemon Buttercream is one I haven't tried. I love lemon so I know I will like it. They look yummy.

  22. 4you-withlove says

    I LOVE lemon..these are definitely on my to do list!

  23. Mmm these cupcakes look delicious! I love anything with lemon!

  24. Natasha Mairs says

    would love it if you shared these on my link party, Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

  25. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says

    These look so delicious! I would have taken all three, too!

    Take care,


  26. I love Lemon!!!!! These look amazing!

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