Lemon Curd Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

So am I allowed two lemon recipes in a row?

I think since it is Easter week and Easter and lemon go together so well it will be o.k.

Some type of lemon dessert is a requirement at our house.  No matter what else we have – there must always be lemon!

Last year I made a lovely lemon crumb cake.  The filling on this cake was amazing.  A combination of cream cheese, whipping cream and lemon curd.  I still dream about it.

This year I decided I wanted to make cupcakes instead of a cake but somehow I wanted to incorporate that filling.  I decided to turn it into a frosting for the cupcakes and fill the lemon cupcakes with lemon curd.  Lemon heaven.


I used half of my lemon curd to fill the cupcakes and the other half in the frosting.

To fill the cupcakes I filled a squeeze bottle with the lemon curd and then just poked the bottle into the cupcake.  It gives you just a tease of lemon curd when you get to the middle of the cupcake.  If you’d like more lemon curd in the center cut out a little hole in the middle of the cupcake and fill it with the lemon curd.



The combination of cream cheese, whipping cream and lemon curd makes for a nice, light, soft frosting.


You may need to refrigerate it for a while before you frost the cupcakes and if you don’t eat all the cupcakes in one setting keep them in the refrigerator too.  I like to bring the cake back to room temperature though before eating.

I used a nice big decorating tip to frost the cupcakes with. You will want lots of the frosting – I promise!


Add a few sprinkles for some decoration.


or, if like me, you just can’t get enough of those cute little Peeps, top off your cupcakes with some Peeps!

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

How cute is that!!

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Peep or no Peep you will be in lemon heaven with these cupcakes.  Don’t let the lemon curd scare you away – it is really quite easy to make.  If you really don’t want to give it a try just buy a jar of lemon curd at the store and use it.

For a few other lemon dessert ideas for Easter check these out:

Lemon Angel Pie

Lemon Sour Cream Pie

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Perfect Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Curd and Ice Cream Pie

Any of them would the perfect addition to your Easter menu.


Lemon Curd Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Lemon Cake:
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 C sugar
  • 4 eggs (separated)
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • zest of two lemons
Lemon Curd:
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¾ C sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cold
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ C whipping cream
  • Half of the above lemon curd recipe above.
Lemon Cake:
  1. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add egg yolks, one at a time
  4. Mix well
  5. Alternately add in flour mixture and milk
  6. Beginning and ending with flour
  7. Add in vanilla and lemon and lemon zest
  8. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry
  9. Add egg whites into batter, folding gently
  10. Place into cupcake liners
  11. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  12. Cool
  13. Use half of lemon curd recipe to fill the cupcakes either with a squeeze bottle or by cutting a small hole in the middle of the cupcake and filling with lemon curd
Lemon Curd:
  1. Zest the lemons
  2. Juice the lemons
  3. In a bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar until smooth
  4. Stir in lemon juice and zest
  5. In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a simmer
  6. Continue cooking, stirring constantly until the mixture coats the back of a spoon
  7. Stir in the butter 1 Tbsp at a time
  8. Cover lemon curd with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and thickened
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff
  2. In another bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla
  3. Add in lemon curd
  4. Beat until smooth
  5. Fold in whipped cream
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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Christy Keyton says

    I have been assigned dessert for our big family dinner, so I just think I will do these cupcakes! Thanks so much, my friend!

  2. says

    I absolutely adore lemon anything! I love the idea of these cupcakes. I made a very similar one last year. shh… I could eat lemon curd by the spoonful!


  3. says

    how do you pipe the icing to look like that? Do you spiral out from the middle and then put a “dot” on top? Can you tell me what size tip you use?


  4. says

    I found your blog through Cupcakes take the Cake, and I’m so glad I did!
    Your recipes are easy to follow, and your pictures make me want to bake up a batch of cupcakes right now!
    I was looking for a great recipe for Easter cupcakes, and like you said, Lemon + Easter is a great combination!

  5. says

    Umm, I literally came to your site looking for a lemon cupcake recipe. How perfect, and yes, those are some seriously cute cupcakes! Thanks again for yesterday.

  6. Julie says

    I am making these STAT. Do you think the lemon curd filling and this icing would work with Perfect Lemon Cupcakes?
    Oh, and I love the peep on top. So cute!

    • says

      Julie, Absolutely I think it work. The frosting on the perfect lemon cupcakes is pretty amazing too but it is more like a traditional buttercream and heavier than the lemon cream cheese frosting. Both are delicious! Have fun!

  7. says

    Speaking of lemon curd…I had THE most delicious lemon curd I’ve ever had a few weeks ago at a little cafe in SE Portland called Broder. They serve it with their aebleskivers, and it is fantastic! I wish they sold bottles of it and I would have taken some home with me. Give it a try next time you’re in SE Portland.


  8. says

    Oh my! I found the recipe yesterday when looking for a cupcake with lemon curd filling,a nd have just finished making them. They are amazing! I can’t believe the wonderful mixture of the 3 basic parts (the frosting – wow! the lemon curd is soooo lemony! and the cakes are fanstastic!!!)

    The only thing i did different was use lemon juice instead of extract in the cupcakes, and added a tiny bit of extra zest to the mix. worked out really well! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s out of this world.

    Am I able to share the recipe (with links and attributions to this blog of course!!!) on my own? thanks SO much! :)

  9. Shafriza says

    Hi, Thank you for this lovely recipe. I would like to make this for my mum’s birthday tomorrow as I have about 4 lemons at home. The only problem I have is, we hardly get cream cheese over here so its difficult for me to make the topping. Is there any other suggestions? It would be really helpful.

  10. Christine says

    Amazing! I made these and they were such a hit!! I was worried about the lemon curd but it was a breeze. I topped it with mini jellied fruit slices I found in the candy aisle. Perfect. I told at least ten people about your fabulous recipes. I think you’ll have some more followers soon!! (the perfect summer salad was a huge success as well. A perfect refreshing side for a memorial day party!

  11. says

    I just have one question. Did you use icing sugar or caster sugar in the frosting ? My common sense tells me you used icing, but you never know. So help me to replicate this please. Thanks! Your cupcakes is soooo lovely.

  12. Shafriza says

    I have a cream cheese pack that says 150g.. I dont know how to convert that in to ounces.. would you know if this enough for your recipe or should I buy another pack?

  13. says

    I made the lemon curd and frosting recipe last night to fill and frost a lemon cake–they were a HUGE it. So, so delicious. The frosting was perfectly light and lemony. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  14. says

    Hi! I found this recipe through someone else that linked to it on their blog, and I must say they are the best cupcakes i’ve ever tasted, and also the ones i have the most fun making! They are fantastic, I’ve posted (and obviously linked you!!) the recipe and my pictures on the blog, the only thing i changed was that i used extra zest and a small amount of juice rather than lemon essence, as the lemons in Malta are much stronger in flavour :) seriously, thanks so much for this recipe, they are fantastic! 😀


  15. Betty says

    About the lemon curd recipe, do I cook all the ingredients directly in the saucepan or in a bowl above some water in the saucepan?

  16. Wendy Webster says

    My cupcakes, although they tasted ok, were super dense and wouldn’t fill. LOVED the curd and that frosting is now my go to frosting. I’ll have to try again I guess!

  17. Tricia says

    Thanks for the recipe! I would like to turn this into a layer cake…any tips on what to do with the lemon curd? Just spread a thin layer on the cake before every frosting layer?

  18. Susie says

    I can’t wait to make these. I had a question about the frosting…Do you use granulated sugar or powered sugar?


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