My family requests that I make these cupcakes every time I come home. For all lemon lovers!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  • Beat lemon cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large bowl for 2 minutes.

  • Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full.

  • Bake cupcakes in the preheated oven until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool cupcakes thoroughly.

  • Cut vegetable shortening and 1/4 cup butter together in a bowl with a pastry cutter until well mixed. Beat lemon juice into shortening mixture until creamy.

  • Stir 2 cups confectioners' sugar into shortening mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, until the filling is smooth. Set filling aside.

  • Place white chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave on High for 15 seconds and stir chocolate. Continue heating in 15-second intervals, stirring between heating until white chocolate is melted and smooth.

  • For frosting, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter together in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir in melted white chocolate and vanilla extract.

  • Gradually beat in 4 cups confectioners' sugar, alternating with drizzles of orange juice, to make a smooth and creamy frosting.

  • Cut holes through the top of each cupcake. Holes should be deep enough to put filling inside.

  • Spoon lemon filling into the holes.

  • Pipe the cream cheese frosting on top of cupcakes; sprinkle with lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts

379.4 calories; 3.2 g protein; 50.4 g carbohydrates; 55.3 mg cholesterol; 237.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2012
I made these for Easter this year and they went over really well. I think next time I will use a little more lemon flavor in the topping. As a side note, I used some of those lemon gummy candies that look like lemon wedges as a garnish on the top; they turned out cute and the gummy candy worked with the icing flavor. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2012
I made these for Easter this year and they went over really well. I think next time I will use a little more lemon flavor in the topping. As a side note, I used some of those lemon gummy candies that look like lemon wedges as a garnish on the top; they turned out cute and the gummy candy worked with the icing flavor. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2012
I made these for a bridal shower and everyone LOVED them. I did add a little lemon zest in the frosting rather then just the top. I topped them with crushed up lemon head candy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2014
My daughter said that she wanted lemon cupcakes for her birthday so I found this recipe. Everyone loved the cupcakes and even went back for seconds which is unusual in our house! I used about two tablespoons of orange juice in the frosting instead of three. The frosting is very soft and very delicious. Another reviewer mentioned that the cupcakes didn't look very pretty because the frosting was too soft so use a little less juice and problem solved! Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2013
I made these for a family get together and everyone loved them! I wouldn't make any changes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2013
Absolutely delicious. I didn't change anything but I did add yellow food coloring to the filling just for effect. I also put plenty of lemon zest on top but that was just for appearances. The frosting was fairly runny so it doesn't look to beautiful. But it tastes amazing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2018
This rating is for the filling and the icing not the cake. The filling is truly delightful and a lovely surprise when you bite into the cupcake. I might use a plainer frosting next time - to make the filling stand out more. I used an icing tip to force it into the cupcake - it was quite easy - rather than cutting a hole in the cupcake and spooning it in. I used Lemon Cupcake from AR for the cake itself as I prefer not to use a cake mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2015
these turned out great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2016
I used orange extract and lemon juice for the icing (to taste) and made the flavor perfect with the whole cupcake. The icing was fluffy and extremely well balanced and it all went together SO well. I made it with a freing and we had to eatone before they were done because they were so irrisistable! I LOVE this recipe and will most definantly do it again. These were heavenly! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2017
These cupcakes are so good. I made them for my birthday and everyone loved them Read More