Lovely Lemon Cream Cupcakes

These lovely lemon cream cupcakes were made by my future sister-in-law Danelle (we are so excited for her to join the family!!!). She made them for our family zoo day and they were seriously amazing!! The frosting is so light and fluffy . . . and I am such a sucker for anything lemon. Try them . . . I promise you will love them!

1 box lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 package (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. lemon extract
1/2 cup crushed lemon drop candy (the best part)

Mix together cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add grated lemon zest and combine. Fill paper liners 3/4 full (or more if you like big cupcakes like me)

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 min or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove and cool cupcakes on a wire rack.


2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4-1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1-2 tsp. lemon extract
1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest finely chopped

Pour cream into large mixing bowl and mix on low speed. Gradually increase speed until cream thickens and soft peaks form.

Turn of mixer and add sugar, lemon extract, and lemon zest.

Beat until stiff peaks form

The stiffer the easier it is to frost the cupcakes! Frost and sprinkle with the crushed lemon drops and then Enjoy!

Isn’t she so cute? :) She looks like I do after trying to bake something- I usually have it all over my face too! Danelle is marrying my husband’s little bro, Tyler. If you want to read their cute love story head over to their blog: Our Math Teacher’s Homeless (they are hilarious- they met in their math class and that is where they fell in love . . . )

Here are more of our favorite cupcakes:
Samoa Cupcakes
Peanut Butter Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

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  1. says

    Idk what I did wrong… cupcakes were awesome but he frosting was SO runny! It whippd up great…until I added the extract/sugar etc. Turned into a runny mess…beat on high forever and a day also added extra powdered sugar, didnt help…in a desperate attempt I ven added cornstarch. Nothing would thicken it up :(

  2. Valerie Henry says

    Lemon extract is mentioned in the ingredients, but not in the recipe instructions. Crushed lemon drops are mentioned in the ingredients for the cupcakes, but not in the instructions (also mentioned again in the frosting). Are there missing ingredients? No mention of water or oil…or any other liquid. When I mixed the ingredients listed in the recipe (I figured the lemon drops did not go in the cake batter), it wasn’t smooth and creamy at all. The batter (if you could call it that) was paste-y crumbles. Has anyone else had difficulty with this recipe? So disappointed

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