July 12, 2012

Incredible lemon cupcakes.

I made some cupcakes this week that I'm so excited to share. It's two of my favorite flavors together (white cake and lemon). Plus, any recipe that calls for a box cake to start with always has me interested since it will take less time to make. I would have made these if they took all day because they were that darn good. No joke.

And so you can make the cupcakes yourself, here is the recipe!

Lemon Cake Ingredients
1 box white cake mix
4 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 3 lemons

Lemon Glaze Ingredients
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1-2 cups powdered sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4-5 cups powdered sugar

Cupcake Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
These are my go to favorite cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into small bowl and remove any lumps.
I always use a colander to sift anything with.
3. In a large bowl, gently whisk egg whites, oil, buttermilk, lemon juice, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon zest.

4. Combine cake mix and wet ingredients and stir well.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake 15-18 minutes.
Glaze Directions:
1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients using a whisk. Add powdered sugar until your glaze reaches a cream consistency. 
2. Use a toothpick to make holes in the top of each cupcake so the glaze goes through the whole cupcake. 
3. Pour glaze over the warm cupcakes and let the glaze set. 
Cream Cheese Frosting Directions: 
1. Beat butter and cream cheese for a few minutes. Add in vanilla extract and powdered sugar and continue to beat. Add yellow food coloring if desired. 
Spread icing on the tops of the cupcakes. I like to decorate my cupcakes with sugar sprinkles and one white pearl on top. 

And here they are. The lemon cupcakes in all their glory. Oh my, they are delicious. I wish I had more left!

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  1. Oh yum! I LOVE lemon.. I could eat these everyday.

    Thanks for linking up to financial Friday! So happy to have ya :)

  2. Hi, I'm visiting from the Sunday Fun Day Hop! I've been craving cupcakes all weekend and when I saw your picture I just had to come visit. Consider yourself pinned! :) I'm now following you via Pinterest and Twitter. Have a wonderful day. Cheers, Renee


  3. I've never had lemon cupcakes before. They sound yummy! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party.

  4. Those look so delicious and refreshing! Perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

  5. YUMMY! I saw these over at the Pomp Party and had to come take a peek. They look delicious!!

  6. Thanks for linking up with The Pinterest Project!!! These look SO good :)

  7. Those look super good!

    Thanks for linking up to the Pinterest Project!

  8. Mmm...lemon - I Love It! Your cupcakes look so amazing. Visiting from Do Something Crafty linkup :)

    1. Thank you Nicole! I wish there was a way for everyone to taste them through the computer!

  9. Yum! Those look delicious! Thank you so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party!