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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze

Bright, sunny lemon cupcakes drizzled with a sweet lemon glaze.

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I made you cupcakes.

I hope these lemon cupcakes with lemon glaze make up for the fact that I skipped Cinco de Mayo yesterday.

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I had big plans that involved making you a delicious margarita recipe. I wrote my list and headed off to the store with a giddy exuberance I always get when I’m about to create a recipe that involves booze. I walked up to the citrus bin,  and I winced. Limes were priced at $.99 each! They were more expensive than the lemons. Um, what gives, limes? I thought maybe it was just that particular store, so I got back in my truck and headed to yet another grocery store. Not only were the limes the same price, but they were small and wrinkled, as if someone stuck a straw in each of them and sucked out all of their juice.

After a bit of research (I Googled “high lime prices”), I learned that the lime crops in Mexico are suffering from a bacterium infection.

There was no way I was spending a fortune to make a margarita, so I skipped the Cinco de Mayo party. Yeah, you can thank the limes.

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Today, we’re celebrating Georgia of The Comfort of Cooking and the upcoming birth of her first baby. It’s a girl! What better way to celebrate than with a cupcake. I have no doubt Georgia’s wee one will appreciate a lemon-infused cupcake.

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These cupcakes are bursting with lemon. I added the zest of 2 lemons to the batter. I hope you like lemon! The cupcake is moist, tender, and perfectly tart.

I wanted the cupcake to remain light and delicate, so I chose to drizzle them with a glaze instead of mounding them with frosting. If you love frosting, these would be perfect with a tart lemon buttercream or lemon cream cheese frosting.

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When making cupcakes, you want to keep a few things in mind:

  • Don’t over beat the batter after adding the dry ingredients. Over beating can cause your cupcakes to sink in the center.
  • Don’t overfill your tins. I find that filling each tin 2/3 of the way full is plenty. If you want to get really scientific about it, you can fill and bake one cupcake to test how high the batter will rise before baking the remaining batches. Lucky for you, I’m here to do your dirty work. I test each and every recipe to ensure you’re getting the perfect cupcake every time.
  • Make sure your oven temperature is precise. Oven thermometers are fairly inexpensive. If you’re serious about baking, I highly recommend investing in one.
  • Always follow the recipe. Baking is a science. Use measuring cups for dry ingredients and a measuring glass for wet ingredients.
  • Always taste test at least two cupcakes before serving… Okay, I may have made this one up. Honestly, the baker deserves a reward for all of their hard work and cupcake efforts. It’s only fair.

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After the cupcakes come out of the oven, allow them to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of a piece of wax or parchment paper. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and slowly drizzle the lemon glaze over the warm cupcakes. A slow stream of glaze will allow the warm cupcakes to soak up the glaze.

When you bite into the cupcake, you get the crunch from the tart glaze that leads to the moist, pillowy cupcake beneath.

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A big congratulations to my friend Georgia and the upcoming birth of her first baby. I can’t wait to see pictures!

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze

Bright, sunny lemon cupcakes drizzled with a sweet lemon glaze.

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 24 minutes

Total Time: 34 minutes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room-temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

zest 2 lemons (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

4 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.

In a small bowl, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer attached with the whisk attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in 2 additions, alternating and ending with the buttermilk. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat until just combined (do not over mix).

Add 2 tablespoons of batter to each tin. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of a piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, add powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a small bowl. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the warm cupcakes, allowing the glaze to soak into each cupcake slightly.

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55 Responses to “Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze”

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I just read your comment about the pink straw. Who needs pink when there’s lemon involved?! :) These are perfectly lemony and baby showery and… perfect!

    And darn those little limes and their high prices. They’re always really expensive here (we have no Mexico next door :( ) so I rarely make anything with them. Long live cheap lemons! :)

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:10 am

      I agree, Erin. Thank you!

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    Laura Dembowski — May 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I always prefer lemons over limes. These cupcakes are so bright and pretty! I bet the glaze makes them!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thanks, Laura! I really only use limes in my cocktail recipes.

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    Julia — May 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I hopped right over cinco too…I didn’t even eat a single taco, what the hey stack?

    Citrus fruit: why is it so expensive? One lil lime for $.99??? Makes me feel like I should move to So Cal and grow citrus trees in my back yard. And sell the fruit at the farmer’s market for $1 a piece. Supply and demand, baby…supply and demand.

    Anyway, these cupcakes: freaking beautiful!!! So psyched to be joining to for Georgia’s baby shower and high fives for being a little pink rebel!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I winced when I saw the price. Seriously, it’s a lime, not gold. Cheers to being rebels! Thanks.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I totally skipped out on Cinco de Mayo, too… but I think you totally made up for it with these delicious-looking cupcakes!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, Stephanie!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    These cupcakes are just so fun and delightful!!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, Jocelyn.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — May 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Mmm, I totally want a lemon dessert now. These cupcakes look awesome! Hopefully I can unpack my new kitchen soon so I can finally do some baking…

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, Amy! Good luck with the unpacking.

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan — May 6, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Such adorable cupcakes! And with all that lemon – ooh I so wanna reach into the screen and grab me one!!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Thanks, Shashi!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — May 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

    The limes – YES!! I sent my Hubby to get one just so I can garnish our enchiladas with it. He payed a dollar too! Craziness!
    So these cupcakes – so beautiful! I love lemon desserts and these are perfect! So happy to be celebrating Georgia and her baby girl with you, Jennie! Pinning!

    Reply

    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:12 am

      It’s a total bummer. I really want a margarita. Of course, now that I can’t have one, I want one even more. Thanks, Anna!

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — May 6, 2014 at 11:38 am

    These cupcakes look Ah-mazing! And perfect for a baby shower – refreshing yet still totally sweet and delicious!

    I had the same problem with Cinco here in GA…limes were 2 for $3! I almost fainted right there in Kroger.

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Thanks, Lindsey! Wow, you beat our lime prices.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    These cupcakes could make up for just about anything – they are lovely!!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Thanks, Marie!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Jennie, these cupcakes look amazing and I’m so thrilled that you made them for my virtual shower… and a late little Cinco celebration, of course! I’d gobble up the whole batch in a heartbeat. Thank you SO much for being a part of this big surprise. It means the world to me! ♥

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:14 am

      You are so very welcome. I’m happy I could celebrate this special occasion with you, even if it is only virtual. I wish you the best of luck, and I can’t wait to see pics!

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    Ashley — May 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Ugh limes are totally ridiculous right now! Not only are they expensive but I can’t find any good ones … so dry and ick! I’ll take a lemon cupcake instead please : )

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:14 am

      They’re all wrinkled and pale. One cupcake coming up :) Thanks!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — May 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Haha, I skipped Cinco de Mayo too. This completely makes up for it ;) I am loving all your fun props in these photos almost as much as the cupcakes! The colors are so bright – these would make anyone’s day!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Thanks, Mary Frances!

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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — May 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I couldn’t believe the price of limes the other day either! Craziness. These cupcakes turned out beautiful though and the lemons on top look great!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Me either. My knees almost gave out. Thanks!

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    In my world, May the fourth overshadows Cinco de Mayo (even if SOME people haven’t seen the movie), so I didn’t celebrate either. But I didn’t realize that’s why limes were so expensive! I tried to buy some this weekend for daiquiri making, and that wasn’t happening.

    But I’m okay with these lovely lemony puffs of sweetness. They look perfect, Jennie!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:15 am

      The limes are ruining everything good about cocktails. Thanks, Kim!

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    Choc Chip Uru — May 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    These cupcakes look so addictive, delicious looking recipe :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Thank you so much, Uru!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — May 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! Love the lemon slices on top!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks, Jess!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — May 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I love me some lemon glaze!! And that is absurd pricing on limes!! Hopefully the crop gets better soon so we can have more limes!!

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Me too, Elizabeth! Thank you so much.

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — May 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Love how you decorated and garnished these cupcakes! So pretty!! Pinning :)

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    • Jennie replied May 7th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks, Chelsea!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 8, 2014 at 12:21 am

    These are so purty! What a nice surprise for Georgia!

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Thanks, Steph!

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    Joanne — May 8, 2014 at 7:58 am

    The lime situation really is quite dire!!! But at least if we can’t have limes, we can have lemons. And these lemon cupcakes certainly make up for it!

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2014 at 9:20 am

      It really is. I miss my margaritas. Thanks so much, Joanne!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — May 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

    The price of limes is seriously cramping my style. It’s kind of ridiculous for that tiny little fruit!!

    I’m in love with these, so gorgeous!

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    • Jennie replied May 8th, 2014 at 9:48 am

      That’s the perfect way to put it, Dorothy. Extremely ridiculous, I agree. Thank you!

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    Liz — May 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Yup, just perfect for a baby shower!!! I’m so excited for Georgia!!!!

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    • Jennie replied May 10th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks, Liz!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — May 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Well, you KNOW I pinned these instantly. So beautiful, and SO much lemon flavor in every bite.

    And ugh, yes. This lime shortage. So tired of it already. Especially because my husband traveled to Mexico about five times for work this winter, and brought back a TON of awesome tequila every time. I’d been sort of hoarding it for “margarita season,” a.k.a. May-August. And now, here it is, can I can’t afford to make more than a few at a time. Blarg!

    Reply

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