Jessica’s Lemon Lemon Cupcakes

February 28, 2008 at 3:05 PM | Posted in cupcakes, internet order | 32 Comments
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Sometime last week, my fabulous cupcake friend, Jessica, and I were gchatting and she mentioned that while she LOVES cupcakes, she isn’t really a cupcake baker and asked if I take online “orders”. I thought she was joking but when I realized she was serious, I got excited! Wow! My first “order”! (I’ve done a couple things for family but family really doesn’t count right?)

She went on to explain, in a followup email, that she’d been eyeing some limoncello cupcakes that she saw on a blog many months ago and if I was interested in fulfilling her order…? Heck yeah! I was definitely up for the challenge!

Ironically I thought she was craving these cupcakes for the alcoholic content but when I mentioned that I was having a heck of a time finding a nip of limoncello for the recipe’s glaze she had no idea that limoncello was a lemon liqueur! LOL. So we decided to adapt the recipe with a lemon syrup instead!

I was so excited to try this recipe out that I didn’t realize that I had used up all of my PNCs! Can you believe it? That means I’ve made 250+ cupcakes already! Insane in the membrane! LOL. I’ll have to remember to write a post-it to go get more this weekend but in the mean time for this recipe I reverted back to the cupcake liners of old – my silver foil ones.

In homage to Billy’s Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes, I give you Jessica’s Lemon Lemon Cupcakes! ;)

(Recipe adapted from Tea for One & Global Gourmet | photos from ©iheartcuppycakes!)

Makes ~10 cupcakes


For cupcakes
1 cup AP flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
2 large eggs
6 tbsp buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (~1 lemon for me)
2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (~2 lemon for me)

For glaze
1/2 cup sugar
Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup water
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained

[NOTES: The lemon syrup recipe makes quite a bit so you could probably 1/2 the recipe if you are only making 10 cupcakes.]

For topping
3-4 large strawberries or 10 raspberries


To make cupcakes–
Preheat over to 350 F. Line 10 cupcake pan with liners. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl.

Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.

Beat in dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions. Beat in lemon juice and lemon zest.

Divide batter among liners. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15-18 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to racks.

To make syrup–
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the zest and juice. Cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

The syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks if refrigerated in an airtight container.


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Wifey rating: A/A+
I wasn’t sure if these would be too lemon-y but the “cake” reminds me of a lemon meringue pie filling taste in cupcake form. The syrup just enhances the lemon flavor. It went really well with the strawberry garnish.

Jessica, I’ll be shipping out your cupcakes tomorrow! Be on the lookout for them! Thanks for your order!


International Women's DayI hope Jessica doesn’t mind but I also wanted to enter these color specific cupcakes into my foodie friend, Zorra‘s, International Woman’s Day Food Blog Event.

How to participate:
Cook/bake something yellow, take pictures (if possible) and blog about it on Saturday, 8th March 2008

Send an email to kochtopf(at)gmail(dot)com or fiordisale(at)gmail(dot)com including
– your name
– your blog’s name and your blog’s URL
– the recipe name and the post’s URL
– your hometown/region and country

Don’t forget to link back to one of the announcements.

Last day of submission is March 9.

p.s. Men are more than welcome to participate, too!



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  2. yay!!! so excited.

  3. ooooh yummy! Lemon is one of my favorite flavors! These are beautiful, I’ll def. be trying them. And, congrats on your first order! You’re getting all profesh in the cupcake world :)

  4. does this mean that you’ll make tangerine inspired cuppys for me someday?
    ::using the force to make CB say yes::

  5. TATTOOEDMAMA, definitely let me know when you get them!

    KRISTINA, profesh? not at all! I am still very much an amateur. But thanks for the sweet compliments!

  6. RACHEYPOO, you just say the word and flash me me the cupcake cash and I’ll get on it! haha.

  7. Yum nft

  8. NIKKI, nft indeed. ;)

  9. These look delicious to this lemon/lime aficionado. I just may have to try these.

  10. I’m not a fan of lemon, but those look yummy!

  11. Mmmmmm I’ve always loved lemon cake, but I’ve only ever had my grandmother’s… your cupcakes look so good that I think I’m going to have to try this recipe!

  12. These look so good! I love a great lemon cake and these look wonderful!

  13. GRETCHEN, If you LOVE lemon, then you should definitely give these a try! If you do, let me know what you think, k?

    BB, I didn’t think I was a huge lemon fan and I thought these turned out so yummy. I think its b/c of the strawberry garnish. That lemon syrup and strawberry is so freaking good just by itself!

    ALLISON, oooohhh whats your grandmother’s recipe? or would you have to kill me if you told me? LOL

    Thanks APRIL! I think you should give these a try then! I am in love with that lemon syrup!

  14. This looks fabulous and thank you for stopping by otherwise, I wouldn’t have likely come across your wonderful blog!

  15. Hi PIXIE! You found my cuppycakes blog but my DB stuff is over on my food one. Check it out if you wanna see my bread. I was terrible at slashing so I didn’t even take pics of the tops! haha.

  16. Talk about FIERCE! I could go for one (or seven) of these about now!!

  17. Well the thing about my grandmother’s recipe is…. she uses a cake mix! Oh my! Scandalous, I know. It’s really good though, and she used to make it for me all the time when I was a kid.

    She makes a yellow cake from a mix, and then soaks it in a syrup she makes from frozen lemonade concentrate. It’s intense.

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  19. i LOVE lemon and these look absolutely divine, i will definitely be trying them :)

  20. CAKESPY, haha. actually I think they are more ferosh! ::snapping fingers:: Mkay! ;)

    ALLISON, I am not above cake mixes even though many cupcake friends may disown me soon. Your grandmother’s recipes sounds decadent. Mmmm…

    AIRYFAIRY, awesome! Love to hear your review if you make them, k? :)

  21. Congrats on your first order…& the cupcakes are gorgeous. Lovely entry for 8th March/Women’s day.I could bake myself into a cupcake for the fierce event….I’m fierce!! Lol

  22. DEEBA, thanky! I’d love to see your fierce cupcake! haha.

  23. oohhh these cupcakes look so chic!

    And limoncillo is a liquer? Really? Here it’s a drink made from adding tequila, 151 and crystal lighted water into a gallon and giving it one hell of a shake. Needless to say, it packs one hell of a punch!

  24. BOMBSHELL, yes it is!
    Interesting about PR limoncello! The one I am familiar with is usually made out of vodka, sugar, water and lemon.

  25. Mmm lemon lemon cupcakes that taste like lemon meringue sound so very delicious!

  26. ASHLEY, trust me. It was delish! :)

  27. I’m gonna have to try to make these! So do you go ahead and just drizzle them with the syrup and let them set? or syrup right before eating? to soak or NOT to soak?

  28. SUZY, oh good question! I am sure you could do either way but I let mine set before serving so it kinda forms a lemony-sugary crystal glaze on the cupcake and strawberries.

  29. Thanks for posting this recipe. I made them for a work event and they were a big hit!

  30. AMY, Sweet! So glad you and CWs enjoyed them! :)

  31. hey! big question: it says “1/4 butter” – 1/4 stick? cup? lb? ahhhh! i am erring on the side of it being 1/4, less seems not at all decedant, more seems obscene (yet not necessarily bad….) p.s. i have a wordpress blog too, and i just posted this on you with cred! thanks for the recipes and the culture commons! ~ @

  32. ALEXLOPEX, Oops! Sorry about that. Its 1/4 cup. Thanks for letting me know. I fixed my error. Glad you liked the recipe!

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