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Lemonade Cupcakes

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Lemonade Cupcakes! When life gives you lemon, make lemonade. Enjoy these lemon flavoured vanilla cupcakes with lemon flavoured frosting on top!

Lemonade Cupcakes

Lemonade Cupcakes

#Lemonade Cupcakes

Lemon flavoured vanilla cupcakes with lemon flavoured frosting on top!

Serves 20

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Nick Makrides



  • 3 1/2 cups (430 g) plain flour all-purpose
  • 1 1/4 cups (265 g) caster sugar superfine
  • 3 tsp (3 tsp) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (1/2 tsp) fine salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 (2) large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) full-cream milk whole
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) Greek yoghurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) vanilla extract vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp (2 tsp) yellow food gel. I know it’s a lot but these have to be really yellow!
  • Zest of two lemons


  • 1 batch (1 batch) of fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) lemon essence or zest of two lemons
  • 2 tsp (2 tsp) yellow food gel

Lemonade jelly ice cubes

  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) 4 to 5 arge lemons juiced
  • 1/2 cup (150 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 6 tsp (6 tsp) powdered gelatin + 12 tbsp orange juice or water
  • To make Lemonade jelly ice cubes

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]


Lemonade Jellies

  • Warm the lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) water, and the sugar to boiling. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Pour the water into a small mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over its surface. Let the gelatin soften for 5 minutes.
  • Add the gelatin paste to the lemonade and stir until fully dissolved.


  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C (320F) or 180C (356F) for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  • Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl add lemon zest and yellow food dye and mix for another 20 seconds.
  • Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons). Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
  • While your cupcakes are baking, and cooling prepare your buttercream frosting by adding lemon essence or zest and yellow food dye. Mix until well combined.
  • Fit the end of a piping bag with a Wilton 6B tip and frost your cupcakes in a donut swirl as demonstrated in the video.
  • Top with lemonade jelly and a yellow striped straw if you’re feeling fancy!


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.


Serving: 20g
Calories : 198kcal
Carbonhydrates: 24g
Protein: 2g
Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 12mg
Sodium: 133mg
Potassium : 23mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 8g
Vitamin A: 142IU
Vitamin C: 0.1mg
Calcium: 47mg
Iron: 1mg
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