Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

If you like lemon in your cakes this is a great recipe to try out and it makes a great alternative to vanilla cupcakes.

The particular decorations in the image above were per request from someone I know who asked for 40 cupcakes with a tennis theme. If you would like to know how to make them let me know and if I have enough requests I will make a tutorial for them.


  • 1 ¼ cups self raising flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • zest of one medium lemon
  • juice of the lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 175 Celsius
  • Line your cupcake tray with cupcake cases
  • Mix all your dry ingredients together in one bowl
  • Squeeze your lemon juice into a half cup and then make a full cup of liquid by adding sour cream to fill up the  12 cup
  • Mix all the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl or jug
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth
  • Pour the mixture into the cupcake cases until they are about 2/3 full
  • Bake in the oven for about 14-16 minutes , test with a cake tester to see if they are baked through

Remove from the oven and leave them in the tray for 2 minutes and then put them on a cooling rack to cool completely

You can decorate them when they are completely cold with any icing of your choice. I prefer to use the following recipes to decorate

Cream Cheese Icing
The best vanilla butter cream icing