Cupcakes with a decadent surprise...cream cheese filling.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cupcakes
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cream Filling:
Cupcake Batter:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.

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  • Prepare the filling by beating 1/4 cup sugar, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest with an electric mixer until smooth. Scoop the filling into a pastry bag, and set aside. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl; set aside.

  • Beat butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 teaspoons lemon zest with the last egg. Beat in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.

  • Pour the batter into prepared pans, filling the muffin cups half full. Pipe about 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the center of each cupcake, then top with the remaining batter to fill the muffin cup 3/4 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are light golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cook completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

186 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 22.1g 7% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 69.7mg 23% DV; sodium 159mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2011
Fantastic nice change from iced cupcakes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/11/2011
Unless the recipes is seriously altered it is not worth the expensive ingredients. There is not enough liquid in the batter to be a cake; I scooped rather than poured it into the cups. I ended up with dry biscuits with little lemon taste. The meager cream cream cheese was good but could also have use more flavor. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 1 stars
04/11/2011
Unless the recipes is seriously altered it is not worth the expensive ingredients. There is not enough liquid in the batter to be a cake; I scooped rather than poured it into the cups. I ended up with dry biscuits with little lemon taste. The meager cream cream cheese was good but could also have use more flavor. Read More
(39)
Rating: 1 stars
05/08/2011
I am with Cybill...So not worth it. Took one bite and threw them in the trash...What a waste...just saying! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2011
Fantastic nice change from iced cupcakes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2012
I just made these and thought they came out fantastic! of course anytime I use lemon juice and zest I get a little bit over-zealous because I love the fresh lemon flavor. The cupcakes taste great as they came out of the oven but I am going to add an American buttercream and a candied lemon slice garnish before I serve them. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2011
loved these!! I made them a second time and subbed chocolate for the lemon and they are yummy too! Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
12/19/2011
Too many eggs. You shouldn't be able to taste the eggs. I'm guessing 4 eggs should have been the max. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/13/2012
These were dry and gross a real disappointment Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
02/22/2012
Not Good Me and A friend made these and they were dry and 6 eggs is way to many why so many???? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2017
I'm not sure what the others were saying about being too dry of a recipe. I will say my 1/4 cup of lemon juice was almost a 1/3 cup cause the two lemons I had were JUICY! So I just put it all in the batter. I had to "scoop" the batter also but that allowed me get good portions to surround the filling. Only thing I would add is make some candied lemon peel for a garnish & I balanced the lemon with a basic vanilla buttercream. Kind of reminded me of a lemonhead candy...maybe I'll garnish with that candy next time. Read More