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Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes

Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes - A flavor of Spring and Summer

When it gets close to summertime I start getting antsy for lemon.  That's why I created these Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes with candied lemons.  This cupcake is so refreshing it's like taking a bite out of Spring or Summer.

I'm a big fan of not only lemon but also vanilla.  Vanilla is a traditional flavor found in desserts and I found adding lemon to my vanilla cupcake recipe complimented the lemon nicely.

Finding a garnish that was tasty and cute was an easy task with these Candied Lemon Slices.  Candied fruit slices are always a delicious treat and they make the perfect topper for cupcakes! Hint:

The trick is to let the slices completely cool before adding them to your cupcakes or they'll slump and fall over.

Lemon slices in the process of being candied in a skillet.

These Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes are tasty and are perfect for summer parties.  They not only taste great but they add a bright color to a summer spread.

Everyone loves the candied lemon addition and it presents something other than the traditional fruit topping.  Using sugar takes away the bitterness of the lemon so when you're biting into the peel it's a pleasant taste instead of a sour one.

A plate with a lemon vanilla cupcake topped with frosting and garnished with a candied lemon.

Making the Cupcakes Pretty

I used the Wilton 1M tip to frost these cupcakes and I found this tip works well when frosting buttercream that has an additive to it such as lemon zest.

The opening of the tip allows the buttercream with the zest to squeeze through the tip without getting stuck.  As always, the presentation is always beautiful with this tip.

Lemon Vanilla Cupcake with a candied lemon on top.

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📖 Recipe

Yield: 18 Cupcakes

Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes

Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes

Delicious lemon and vanilla cupcakes topped with a candied lemon slice.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


Lemon Cupcakes

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ stick butter, unsalted
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2-3 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbps heavy cream, Or milk as substitute

Candied Lemon Slices

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon lemon, freshly squeezed


Lemon Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine eggs, butter, vanilla extract, milk, and lemon juice in large bowl.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder in small bowl.
  4. Slowly add into wet mixture until well blended.
  5. Add in sour cream and mix well.
  6. Bake for 16 to 19 minutes. Until toothpick comes out clean.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

  1. Combine SOFTENED butter and shortening, blend well.
  2. Add in lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. Slowly add in 4 cups powdered sugar and the 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Mix well.

Candied Lemon Slices

  1. Thinly slice lemons into 18 slices.
  2. Bring water, sugar, and lemon juice to a simmer on stove.
  3. Place lemon slices in skillet, flip ocassionally, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Place lemon slices on wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with sugar.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes

Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

These are so pretty! The perfect summer dessert!


Wednesday 18th of July 2018

I’ll take two please!!! Love lemon desserts!!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

These really scream summer to me, such delicious flavours. They look super tasty.


Tuesday 17th of July 2018

I love lemon and vanilla together! These cupcakes look so delicious and perfect for the summer!


Tuesday 17th of July 2018

These look so amazingly tasty! I love lemon in baked goods!

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