Frosted Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

Limoneira Fresh Lemons in Gift BoxFor the past few months I’ve introduced you to the Limoneira Company, a 124-year-old international agribusiness headquartered in Santa Paula, California, has grown to become one of the premier integrated agribusinesses in the world. Limoneira is a dedicated sustainability company with approximately 10,700 acres of rich agricultural lands, real estate properties and water rights in California and Arizona. The Company is a leading producer of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops that are enjoyed throughout the world. Matter of fact, the company sent me another box of their delicious fresh lemons and today, I’m featuring a new recipe that I made that utilized some of the fresh lemons that they sent to me. YUMMY GOOD!

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting Recipe

Homemade Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (10X sugar)
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray non-stick baking spray into the cavities of a muffin baking pan or line them with paper cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, grated lemon rind, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and granulated sugar using an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract until well blended. Slowly beat-in the flower mixture alternating with the milk until well blended together.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Place baking pan into a preheated oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing them to finish cooling.

Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, you’ll want to make the frosting.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and sugar on high speed until fluffy. Beat in the grated lemon rind, lemon juice and salt. Once everything is mixed together and fluffy, immediately frost your cupcakes. If desired, you can add a little lemon zest on top for garnishing.

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Disclosure: Shelly received a complimentary box of lemons to use and feature in her recipe post from the Limoniera Company. Please visit my sponsor’s website to learn more about them. No monetary compensation was received.


  1. Renee Walters says:

    My husband would love these! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Mmmmm, lemons. I love the flavor of real lemons in baked goods. It’s just so fresh and bright. Your cupcakes are really pretty, too–nice job with the frosting!

  3. They sound delicious thanks for the recipe! I think using a real lemon gives an extra boost to any recipe.

  4. Wow the box of lemons is so nice, and these cupcakes are very special! Lemon is my favorite for so many things, I must check out Limoneira Company!

  5. Tamra Phelps says:

    Lemon is one of my favorite flavors, especially in desserts. I love the idea of using fresh lemons in this recipe.

  6. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These lemon cupcakes using the lemons from Limoneira sound delicious. I would love to try to make them and might just add a little cinnamon to the cupcake batter.