Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes

Lemon Vanilla Cupcake 

Quantity: 12 Cupcakes

Time: 30 minutes prep, 20 minutes baking + time to decorate

Ingredients (included):

  • sugar mix
  • flour mix
  •  topping mix
  • 12 cupcake cups
  • sprinkles to decorate
  • piping bag

Ingredients (not included):

  • 85g butter, softened - for cupcakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 95ml milk + more for icing
  • 170g butter, softened - for icing
  • 1 lemon

Tools (not included):

  • stand or hand mixer
  • cupcake baking tray
  • tool to grate the lemon
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • spatula
  • sieve


  1.  Pre-heat oven to 175°C & place the cupcake cups in standard muffin tray
  2.  Cream 85g butter & sugar mix, beat until fluffy.
  3.  Separately grate the whole lemon for the zest. Pro tip: make sure to always rotate the lemon & stop grating when you see white! The white part has a very bitter taste. After grating the lemon, cut it in half & juice both sides. You will need 2-3 TL, depending on how lemon-y you want the icing
  4.  Add the eggs one at a time. Beating well after adding each egg.  Now add half of the lemon rind & 1 TL of lemon juice. The batter will appear loose & chunky at this point, don't worry, it comes  together smoothly with the flour mix & milk!
  5. Alternately add the flour mix & 95ml milk (flour, milk, repeat) to the butter & egg mixture. Mix on low speed until the batter has a smooth consistency
  6. Evenly distribute the batter in the 12 cupcake cups & bake for 20 minutes

For the icing:

  1. Beat 170g of butter on high speed for ~5 minutes, until very fluffy. Pro tip: a stand-mixer is more powerful than a hand-mixer, so increase the time if using a hand-mixer
  2. Sift the topping mix into a bowl & add it to the butter in 3 batches. Add the leftover lemon zest & 1-2 tsp of lemon juice after the first 2 topping mix batches.  Beat butter on high for 2-3 minutes after each addition
  3. The icing should have a light, fluffy texture & be easily spreadable but still hold a shape. If the icing is too stiff, add 1-2 tsp milk to soften it (optional step)
  4. To decorate the cupcakes, start by snipping the end off of the piping bag to make ~1cm hole & scoop the icing into the piping bag. Twist the top of the piping bag closed, use one hand to hold the twisted part closed & use your other hand to apply steady pressure while squeezing the icing onto the fully cooled cupcakes in a swirl & decorate with sprinkles!


Note: the cupcakes can be frozen un-iced for up to 1 month & the frosting can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week before using it - both in an airtight container. Once iced, enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.