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SIMPLE Lemon Cupcakes - these basic vanilla cupcakes get OOMPHED with tons of lemon and buttermilk for the moistest and lemony cupcakes #cupcakes #partyfood #mothersday #easterdessert #easterrecipes #simplepartyfood

SIMPLE Lemon Cupcakes

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  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15-20 min
  • Total Time: 25-30 min
  • Yield: 12 Cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest (from about 3 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill cupcake pan with liners
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Beat in the zest and vanilla extract.
  6. Add dry mixture alternating with buttermilk and lemon juice, beating just until combined after each addition.
  7. Divide batter into cupcake liners.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool on wire rack and frost with fresh whip cream or frosting of your choice.


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