Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Hello there– How’s everything with you??  I’m in the kitchen watching over a pot of pork ragu simmering on the stove and listening to the soundtrack of Godspell (old favorite) –and writing to you!  I call that a good morning.

Wanted to send off this cupcake recipe.  I know there’s a debate about using/absolutely not using cake mixes.  I rather like them– and the tender moist cake they produce.  This recipe adds lemon zest and juice and tops it off with tangy lemony cream cheese frosting.  They’re pretty perfect (even for a cake mix!)


1 lemon
1 lemon cake mix
canola oil
3 eggs

1 lemon
8 oz. cream cheese, room tempertature
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
1 box powdered sugar (3  3/4 cups)

To make the cupcakes, grate the peel off of the lemon.  Then cut it in half and juice it.  Set the grated peel and juice aside.

Read the ingredients for the cupcakes on the box of your cake mix– mine used 1 cup water, 3 eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil.  In place of the full cup of water, pour the lemon juice into your measuring cup and then fill with with water to measure 1 cup.

With an electric mixer beat together the cake mix, eggs, water-juice, grated lemon peel and oil for 2 minutes until it’s a smooth fluffy batter.

Spoon the batter into muffin pans the have been lined with cupcake wrappers (or sprayed with cooking spray).  Should make about 24 cupcakes.  Bake them at 350 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes, until they are slightly browned and firm to the touch.  Let them cool before you frost them.

To make the frosting, grate the peel of the second lemon and extract the juice.  Then with your mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon peel and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice.

Frost the cooled cupcakes and enjoy!!


41 thoughts on “Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

      • Thanks for commenting! I made your potato corn chowder the other night and loved it! I think I’ll try your angel food cake with powdered sugar and strawberries this weekend ❤️

        • OH gosh thanks for telling me Carol– it’s nice to hear someone actually tried a recipe from here. So glad you liked it! I copied a bunch of titles from your blog –to track down. thanks! xo

      • Rhonda…..having difficulty with WordPress tonight 😩 I think I accidentally deleted your comment re We Were The Lucky Ones post….I read it and then saw a red delete warning and clicked undo and then it was gone 😩 so I’m responding here…..I loved the family themes in that book! One of my favs this year! Glad to hear you liked it too 👍

    • No! no more snow! It looks pretty thawed out at the kid’s house up in Wisconsin! (maybe I’m just too slow answering comments and you are all sunshine and daffodils by now!). Do you have plans for Easter?? Hope it’s a blessed day for you Kat. xox

    • Hope you like the Debra! We have a bowlful of lemons in the kitchen, waiting to be baked into something! — And just poured over our new post! So full and rich. You are such a talented and infectious writer! Glad you’re feeling better and back at it! Blessings. xo

      • Fruity pound cake sounds interesting, Rhonda! I’m making lemon bars for dessert. I’m hosting Easter here for my husband, son Dylan and his fiance Lexy, my sister’s family, and my mom and stepdad. I’m pretty tired as school is very stressful right now. The kids have spring fever, teachers are stressed to meet the competencies and my work is never done but the positive is that kids seem to be learning and I love what I do. But on Sunday it will all come together in Jesus’s name. Blessings dear friend

        • I think you’re so right Mary– this is the toughest time of year at school– testing just around the corner and not all the vacation breaks there are early on. You’re a jewel, taking care of kids learning like you do. — Hang on– summer is in sight!! And your easter dinner sounds great! hugs hugs!

          • I’m still having fun at school but the kids are starting to get antsy. I can understand…weather’s getting nicer, it’s light later and baseball season is starting! I try to teach and make it fun too to keep their attention, Sometimes it’s a challenge but you know, as you’re a teacher. Do you ever miss it? Hugs Rhonda

            • Hi Mary!! I get what you’re saying!! I miss the kids. But I’m surprised how happy I am to be not teaching—time to do all the things I’ve wanted to do! Summer’s coming!! Have you started on your garden yet?? Hugs!

            • It sounds like you had your time and now it’s time for you and Larry. That’s something to look forward to in retirement. I have 17 years or so, but until then I’ll enjoy the kids and what they say. I love what I do! No start on the garden yet, we still have patches of snow here! We don’t plant until June…but I have bought seeds! Hugs, xoxo

    • Is it springing there yet?? I picked my first tiny bunch of sweet peas– so late this year! And what are you doing for Easter? Do you have something special at church? Are you cooking a big meal? Hope it’s a blessed day for you. xox

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