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Lemon Cupcakes With Vanilla Frosting

Who doesn’t love cupcakes.  They are super simple to make and when made correctly can be really yummy.  I don’t make cupcakes often and when I do I normally make massive batches as I normally allow for friends and family – because that’s the kind of person I am.  That might account for why we have so many friends lol.

Most of my baking supplies come from the local supermarkets although sometimes I do get specialist supplies in when I am making a cake for a special occasion.  Now the kids do love to bake, but during school term it can be hard to find the time to do this.

I tend to make a rod for my own back and make everything myself from scratch so it often takes a while.  My thinking behind this is that it always tastes better.  I had a novel idea whilst walking through the supermarket looking at the products in the baking aisle for inspiration.  Why not cheat!  Try out some products that might be able to help me save some precious time whilst creating something fabulous for my family to enjoy.  I had been encouraged by the fact that I could only been able to find waxed lemons and my daughter wanted lemon cupcakes.  Not having made lemon cupcakes before I was a little apprehensive about totally messing them up but thought I would give it a go anyway.

The baking aisle of supermarkets is quite a fun place for bakers like myself.  You can find all sorts of items that can really help inspire and it’s amazing the new discoveries you could make.  For example I never knew there was such a thing as pre grated lemon zest.  How fabulous!!!!  Of course I ditched the wax lemons as Dr Oetker had come to my rescue.  Feeling inspired I continued to browse.  Now anyone that makes buttercream to use on cakes knows that this can be a length process plus if that butter isn’t the right temperature your in for trouble, especially when the children are waiting for the cake to be finished so they can fight their siblings tooth and nail to grab it and ram it down their throat before anyone else grabs it off them.  They do love my cakes.

Another discovery that I was excited about was pre made cupcake icing!  Now I wasn’t sure how this would taste but I thought it worth the risk.  Interestingly this was also a Dr Oetker product.

My plan was to make lemon cupcakes with vanilla frosting.  Seeing as I was already on a roll with Dr Oetker and they have nice small cupcake cases I decided to use those too.

Three’s a charm right and I was hoping these cupcakes would come out well.  I have been using their products for years especially their gel colouring – it’s so much nicer and easier to use than those watery ones you get from the supermarkets in the bottles.

Simple Lemon Cupcakes With Vanilla Frosting

Makes 23 cupcakes – small Dr Oetker cases


70ml full fat milk

70g softened butter / room temperature butter

160g caster sugar

1st Dr Oetker vanilla essence

120g plain flour

2tsp Dr Oetker baking powder

1 pack of Dr Oetker lemon zest

Dr Oetker sprinkles to decorate


Place the milk and butter in a pan over a low heat until the butter melts.  Then remove from the heat and set aside.

Combine the sugar, eggs and vanilla essence and whisk until the mix has grown in size and lightened in colour.

Slowly add in the milk and butter mix to the egg mix whilst whisking.

Measure the flour and baking powder and sift into the batter, do not stir yet.

Add in the lemon zest and then gently fold this and the flours into the wet mix.

Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases.

Once you have filled up your cupcake cases place them in the oven at 180 degrees for approximately 15-18 minutes.  The timing will depend on your oven and if you have preheated it.

Once cooked they will be a golden colour and when the top is pressed gently it will spring back up.

Important: Allow the cakes too cool!!!!

If you don’t allow the cakes to cool the icing will melt.

Once cooled you can add the icing.  We found that there was enough top top 21 out of the 23 but we didn’t use a large amount on each one although there was enough to top each nicely.

Add your sprinkles and your cupcakes are ready to eat.


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This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. The recipe looks so yummy and easy to make. Loved it!

    1. They are super easy to make x

  2. Your little one had so much fun! And lemon cupcakes with vanilla frosting are my favourite, can’t stop eating them!

    1. They are soooooo good!

  3. Oh I love this, it looks like you had so much fun baking! We love to bake together, my girls enjoy eating the cakes the most though!

    1. Mine too. These went down very well.

  4. I love when recipes are simple enough to make. The lemon in these sound great and the recipe doesn’t seem too overcomplicated. I will save for later!

  5. These look amazing and she looks like she had a blast making them with you. I remember baking with my mom when I was younger, means so much!

    1. It really does. I wish I was able to cook with the kids more often.

  6. I like cup cakes very much..I tell this recipe to my wife to make it for me..

    1. Enjoy, they are yummy x

  7. Sometimes the most simple recipes are the best ones. I love the sound of lemon cupcakes and the frosting would top it off perfectly. A lovely little treat to sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy!

    1. They are a yummy treat. Ours went very quickly!

  8. Oh wow, this looks really good. My kids would love this for sure. I have to try this.

    1. It’s really easy to make them x

  9. Yaas! Who doesn’t love cupcakes??? Since I just crave for them but unfortunately I only buy prepared ones since I can’t make them. But this recipe could be a serious aid since you’ve included lemon…I just love the taste lemon adds to eats.

    1. The lemon makes them taste amazing!

  10. I love lemon flavoured cakes, they beat chocolate for me any day!

    1. These ones were amazing. I impressed myself.

  11. I love that you and your daughter share the kitchen together. You are both creating memories that will last a lifetime.. while making delicious snacks! What’s next on the list?

    1. The kids do love to cook with me. I’m not sure but I am tempted to make cake pops!

  12. LEmon flavored cakes are my all time favorite. They feel light and airy. Your recipe looks simple yet delicious. I am going to try this coming weekend to treat my sweet tooth!

    1. Enjoy!!! These are lovely 🙂

  13. I personally love and enjoy a bite (or two) of cupcakes and sweets. I can’t wait to try and recreate this delicious treat! I would also enjoy making this with my family.

  14. Ooh now I am totally craving some lemon cupcakes and I love the sound of the vanilla frosting. It is great to hear that they are easy to make as well!

    1. They are super easy to make and the products used act as time savers so you get tho eat the cakes faster, bonus!

  15. I love making cupcakes. I always get the kids involved. I haven’t yet tried the Dr Oetker icing I have used supermarket own brands and Betty crocker though and can highly recommend them x

  16. I must do some baking with Pickle – these look so good, and so easy to make too. Kaz

  17. I love baking with my kids. The cupcakes sound delicious.

  18. That sounds like an amazing recipe, and the combination of lemon and vanilla frosting is great too. Perfect for a birthday party or even afternoon tea.

  19. Oh my, they sound delicious. Not to mention healthier then normal cupcakes. I defo have to give these a try.

  20. Oo these look delicious, I love the addition of the sprinkles too! Lemon is one of my favourite flavours, its so summery too. x

  21. Ahh cute, your daughter looks so pleased with herself. It’s great to get kids into cooking and a fun thing to do together, these look delicious. Mich x

  22. Cupcakes are the best thing to make with the kids. Really simple and tasty too when you’ve finished!

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