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Friday, May 10, 2013

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Are you looking for something special to serve Mom for dessert on Mother's Day? Do you have strawberries on hand? Or maybe you just want a bright and tasty dessert?

This is the recipe for you!

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes


  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons, 1 tablespoon lemon juice reserved
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups fresh finely diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd
  • Lemon Buttercream frosting (below)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a medium bowl combined  flour, cake flour, baking powder and salt, whisk together and set aside.  In a electric mixer on medium high speed, cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy about 3-5 minutes.

Add vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, mixing each egg in with the butter and sugar completely before adding the next egg.

Reduce speed to low and add in the milk, and flour ingredients in 2 batches starting with the flour and alternating with the milk, mix until combined.  Stir in the lemon juice and 1/2 of the lemon zest (reserve the other half of the lemon zest for the frosting).

Fold the diced strawberries into the batter with a spatula.

Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop fill the paper lines 2/3 full.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, spread a layer of lemon curd onto each cupcake.

Carefully add frosting to each cupcake.

Serve to someone special!  {Or save them for yourself - I won't judge}

Delicious!  I wish my mom were going to be here for Mother's Day so I could serve these to her.

They are light and moist and flavorful.  I like the balance of the strawberry and lemon flavors - perfect for a special dessert.  Or for breakfast.  Don't ask how I know that.  ;-)

Lemon Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Beat butter and vanilla together.  Add sugar slowly and beat until combined.  Scrape down the sides and add milk. Mix until smooth and creamy. 

zentMRS - Love in the Kitchen
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