Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
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Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting are so full of bright sunny flavors! Whip up this easy recipe to add a little sunshine to your day. Deliciously tender vanilla cupcakes pair perfectly with the lemon cream cheese frosting.
One thing is for sure, I love fruity desserts. I will always choose the fruit-laden treat over the double chocolate one. Don’t get me wrong, I do love all sweets but I can never pass up sweet ripened fruit-filled desserts.
One of my most adored is the lemon. It’s already made an appearance on the blog this winter in this pull-apart bread. I am making sunshine filled treats to entice spring to hurry up!
These cupcakes were an offering to the weather gods. The cupcake itself is soft and full of vanilla flavor. I topped them with a sweet lemon cream cheese frosting. The vanilla and lemon complement each other perfectly.
The vanilla cupcake recipe is incredibly easy. It contains simple ingredients that you should already have on hand. Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, flour, baking powder, and salt.
I always use butter in my cupcake recipes because I love the buttery flavor. I think all cake should be buttery!
How to make vanilla cupcake with lemon cream cheese frosting
The process is simple. Mix the wet ingredients, then mix the dry ingredients, and combine the two. You really can’t mess this up. Bake them for about 20 minutes and that’s it. Easy-peasy.
The frosting is just as simple. And it tastes amazing! Cream cheese, butter, lemon curd, and powdered sugar are all blended together to make a light, lemony, and creamy frosting. It’s good enough to eat with a spoon. Or as a dip for fruit. Trust me, it’s amazing.
Frost the cupcakes after they have cooled completely. You can choose your own method for frosting. I used a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. This allowed me to pipe large swirls of frosting onto the cupcakes.
The cupcakes and frosting take around an hour to make and I’m certain it will take you less than that to eat them all. They are wonderful.
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These look so fresh and perfect for spring, Jen! My lemon-loving three-year-old would be very happy to see them at his May birthday party! 🙂
I’m sure the kids would love these, Blair. You’ll have to let me know if you make them. 🙂
You’ve got me with the lemon cream cheese frosting. These look delicious and I love fruity desserts as well.
Last few days I am all over lemon. I just made lemon crepes the other day and now these cupcakes are just the thing I want to eat right now!! I can just smell the refreshing flavors! 🙂
Lemon crepes sounds wonderful, Ami!
These cupcakes are beautiful Jen! I am right there with you on the fruity desserts, I can NEVER pass them up! Pinned!
I definitely agree that all cakes should be buttery! I’ve been loving lemon desserts lately, they definitely help to forget about the cold weather and snow. Your cupcakes look so incredible, and that candy peel on top is such a great touch. Pinned 🙂
Thank you for the kind compliments, Danielle! 🙂
Your photos are gorgeous! These look perfectly moist and remind me of spring which I seriously need right now!
Thank you for the compliments, Rachel!
YES I totally need spring to get here ASAP. I’m with you! And these look like an delicious way to will it in! Pinning 🙂
I can see from the pictures how soft and fluffy these vanilla cupcakes are! I loveeeeee fruity desserts, they are irresistible! The cupcakes look gorgeous Jen, I love the candied lemon on top!
Thanks, Manali. Fruity desserts just seem lighter and less filling. Maybe it’s a sick mind trick to make us eat more!
These cupcakes are beautiful! My wife is a HUGE lemon fan so I know she would absolutely love it if her amazing husband whipped her up some of these!
Yes, you must make these for your lovely wife. She will be so grateful and so will baby 😉
I’m a huge fan of lemon desserts too. These cupcakes are so pretty and look amazing! I might need to whip up a batch of these tonight and pretend it isn’t snowing! Bring on Spring!