Lemon Chocolate Cupcakes


Fresh lemon and lemon curd lend a citrusy contrast to the sweet chocolate in these Duncan Hines cupcakes.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
14 cupcakes


  • 1 box Duncan Hines® Triple Chocolate Cake Mix

  • cup water, for filling

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 large eggs

  • cup oil

  • 1 cup jarred or homemade lemon curd

  • 1 (16 ounce) container Duncan Hines® Home-Style Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 lemon, juice and zest

  • 1 drop Yellow food coloring


  1. Bake cupcakes as directed and let cool completely.

  2. Using a paring knife, cut a small inverted cone out of top center of cupcake. Cut no more than 2/3 of the way down into cupcake.

  3. Fill the empty space in cupcake with lemon curd (about 1 teaspoon).

  4. Using a fine grater, take off the yellow zest of the entire lemon.

  5. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze juice into a small bowl.

  6. Add lemon zest to the frosting.

  7. Start by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to frosting. Mix and taste. If you want a stronger lemon flavor, begin adding more a 1/2 teaspoon at a time to taste.

  8. Add a drop of yellow food color to frosting and mix in thoroughly.

  9. Frost cupcakes and serve. For a more decorative finish, utilize a pastry bag to frost your cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

426 Calories
17g Fat
70g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 426
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.