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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

These lemon curd cupcakes are fluffy and tender lemon cupcakes, with a lemon curd filling and topped with a tart and creamy lemon buttercream frosting.

Lemon Curd Cupcakes topped with frosting and sprinkles.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for springtime!

And to me, nothing says spring quite like a burst of bright, fresh lemon.

These lemon curd cupcakes are a little bit of sunshine in every bite: a moist and tender lemony cake, filled with a tart lemon curd center, topped with smooth and creamy lemon buttercream. 

They’re the perfect treat for literally any occasion, from weekend brunch to backyard BBQs (and don’t be surprised at how fast they get gobbled up!)

Looking for even more lemon desserts? Try my Homemade Lemon Bars, Vanilla Bean Lemon Sugar Cookies, or my Lemon Loaf Cake.

Ingredients to make lemon cupcakes on a table.
Lemon cupcakes in a cupcake pan.

Ingredients for lemon curd cupcakes

Cupcake ingredients:

  • Whole milk – This will add moisture to the batter.
  • Vegetable oil – Vegetable oil will keep the cupcakes moist.
  • Eggs – Eggs will emulsify the batter and combine all of the ingredients together.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract will give the cupcakes a sweet vanilla flavor.
  • Granulated sugar – This will add sweetness to the cupcakes.
  • All-purpose flour – All-purpose flour is a common baking flour that will make up the batter of the cupcakes.
  • Baking powder –  Baking powder will keep the cupcakes fluffy and light.
  • Lemon zest – Lemon zest will add a burst of lemon flavor to the cupcakes.

Filling ingredients:

  • Lemon curdTake some help from the store and buy premade lemon curd!
Lemon curd buttercream frosting ingredients on a table.
Lemon curd buttercream in a mixing bowl.

Buttercream ingredients:

  • Butter – Butter is the main ingredient in buttercream to keep the frosting smooth and creamy.
  • Powdered sugar – Powdered sugar dissolves easily in frosting and will add sweetness.
  • Lemon curd and lemon zest –  These will both add a tart and tangy lemon flavor to our frosting.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract will add a sweet vanilla flavor to the frosting.
Lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd.
Lemon Curd Cupcakes on a cooling rack.

Make ahead

I love making this lemon cream frosting ahead of time and keeping it in my refrigerator, so it’s ready when I need it!

Simply make the frosting, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before you’re ready to make your cupcakes.

When you’re ready, let the frosting come to room temperature before topping the cupcakes.

Lemon Curd Cupcakes topped with buttercream.

Serving suggestions for lemon cupcakes

To add even more bright and fun springtime vibes to any party or brunch, I love serving these cupcakes with my homemade Starbucks pink drink, or yummy pineapple agua fresca.

For something a little more adult, my crispy clean, and refreshing cilantro cucumber boozy lemonade is a perfect choice.

Lemon Curd Cupcakes served with sprinkles.

Storage and leftovers

Lastly, and leftover lemon curd cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Lemon Curd Cupcakes cut in half showing lemon curd center.

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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These lemon curd cupcakes are fluffy and tender lemon cupcakes, with a lemon curd filling and topped with a tart and creamy lemon buttercream frosting.


For cupcakes:

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ⅓ cup lemon curd

For buttercream:

  • 1 stick (½ cup) butter, softened
  • 2-½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon curd
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For cupcakes: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line 12 muffin tins with paper liners. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Add the sugar and whisk to combine. 
  4. Next, add the flour, baking powder, and lemon zest. Mix just until no large lumps of flour remain. 
  5. Divide the cake batter between the muffin tins, filling each one with about ¼ cup of batter. 
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  7. Remove the cupcakes to a wire rack and cool completely. 
  8. When the cupcakes are cool, cut a small circle out of the center of each cupcake (about the size of a quarter). 
  9. Fill each hole with 1 teaspoon of lemon curd and place the cut-out piece of cake back to cover the lemon curd. 

For buttercream:

  1. Add the softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Beat on medium speed until the butter is smooth, about 30 seconds. 
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar. 
  4. Once all of the powdered sugar has been incorporated, add the lemon curd, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. 
  5. Turn the mixer to high speed and beat for 1-2 minutes, or until the frosting is light and fluffy. 
  6. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and frost the cooled cupcakes as desired (I’m using a Wilton 2D). Garnish with a wedge of lemon and enjoy. 
  7. Storage: Store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 2g

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