Lemon Filled Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream


Lemon filled cupcake decorated 3 ways for Easter and Spring recipe at

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin down the bunny trail……. Hippity hoppity Easter’s on it way! 

I can’t believe Easter is just about here!  March was a record breaking warm month, in the 80’s a good part of the time, and April is headed in the same direction starting out in the 90’s!  Feels more like Forth of July than Easter here in Missouri.

Whether it is a new dress, a bonnet or basket filled with candy, many will be celebrating Easter this Sunday.  After the morning egg hunts, and church, it’s time to settle in for a nice Easter meal that always includes some delicious baked goods!

I few months ago I saw the cutest little marshmallow bunnies on and I knew they’d be adorable on top of a cupcake, a lemon cupcake to be exact!

I slightly adapted my lemon pound cake recipe for the cupcakes, filled them with a tangy lemon curd and topped with lemon buttercream.   I knew they’d be good any time, not just for Easter, so I decided I to decorated them three different ways.

Grab your aprons and lets get started (the recipes are at the end of this post)

Marshmallow Lemon Bunny Easter Cupcakes recipe at

Marshmallow Bunny Cupcakes

Supplies Needed

   For Bunnies

    For Grass Frosting

To Assemble

Tint buttercream green with gel-paste food color (I use Leaf Green). Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a Witon #233 tip. Starting at the center of the cupcake and moving outward, pipe rows of grass on top of cupcakes: Start with the tip on surface of cupcake, squeeze bag, then release while quickly pulling up to form 1/4-inch-long blades, making some slightly longer than others. (don’t be discouraged if it looks a mess, I’m not good at doing this, but trust me, no one will notice and they will still look cute!)

Form Marshmallow Bunnies:

  1. Place a large marshmallow on a toothpick and frost with canned frosting, then roll it in coconut.
  2.  Attach two miniature marshmallows for the feet using a little frosting to “glue”. 
  3. Decorate with candies for the eyes, nose, and whiskers. 
  4. To make ears: Use kitchen shears to cut a strip from the top edge of a large marshmallow. Dip brush in pink food color, then into a bowl of water (to dilute) and lightly brush center of “ears” (*optional),  then attach with a bit of frosting.
  5. Place bunny on top of buttercream “grass” and remove toothpick

Refrigerate 30 minutes to allow frosting to set. Cupcakes are best served the same day they are decorated; keep at room temperature. (I did take mine to a party two days latter and they were still delicious, I stored them in the refrigerator and removed a few hours before the party)


Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream recipe at

Polk-a-dot Cupcakes

Using the same recipes, transfer untinted lemon buttercream frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round Ateco #809 tip. Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Top with  Wilton Spring Confetti Sprinkles .  Green polk-a-dot cupcake wrappers from Sweet Baking Supply.


Lemon cupcake with lemon curd recipe at

Lemon Topped Cupcakes

Use the same technique as above, but instead of sprinkles, drizzle cooled lemon curd over buttercream.  Happy Easter cupcake wrappers from Wilton.

Lemon Curd Filling recipe at

This creamy velvet lemon curd is super simple to make using the microwave.

To fill cupcakes:

Use a large piping tip and press into the middle of each cupcake. (If you don’t have a tip, you can cut a circle with a small knife). Press the tip down about a third of the way and then remove it. It should remove a circle of cake from the center of the cupcake. Then fill hollowed out cupcake with lemon curd. To see how to do this with a knife, check out my raspberry filled cupcakes for instructions.

hollow out cupcake with tip

So there you go…… cupcake decorated three ways.  The bunny cupcakes are fun to make and eat – perfect for Easter holiday, but this lemon cupcake recipe is so delicious, you can decorate one of the other ways to enjoy any day.

Lemon Curd Filled Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

Lemon Curd Filled Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream


  • 1 box Lemon Instant Pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • 1 box Lemon Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (squeezed from 5 lemons)
  • zest of 3 lemons
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want white frosting)
  • zest of 2-3 lemons
  • fresh lemon juice from 1-2 lemons (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (start with one and add until you have desired consistency)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  2. Combine all cupcake ingredients and mix for 2 mins at medium speed.
  3. Using a large scoop (I use an ice cream scoop) fill each cupcake line 2/3 full with batter.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cupcakes are springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
  5. Once cupcakes have cooled, hollow out a small well in the center of each cupcake using a knife; I like to use an icing tip or apple corer, but a knife works well too.
  7. Whisk together sugar and eggs in a large microwave safe bowl. Add lemon juice, zest and butter and whisk until well combined.
  8. Cook in microwave on high at one minute intervals, stirring after each minute. This should take about 5 minutes, depending on your microwave. Lemon curd is done cooking when it coats the back of a metal spoon.
  9. Remove from microwave and cool completely.
  10. Spoon lemon curd into each hollowed out cupcake and top with buttercream.
  11. Drizzle lemon curd over buttercream, for optional garnish
  13. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Slowly add salt, vanilla and lemon zest on medium low until smooth and combined (about 1), scrapping sides of bowl as necessary.
  14. Slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time on low until combined, scrape sides of bowl.
  15. Add lemon juice and mix until well combined. Increase speed to medium, and beat for 1 min.
  16. If buttercream is too thick, slowly add heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.

More Easter Cupcakes:

Spring/Easter Cupcakes

Raspberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes

Bunny Ear Cupcakes

Lamb Cupcakes

Birds Nest Cupcakes


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43 Responses to “Lemon Filled Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream”

  1. Shaina posted on April 2, 2012 at 10:17 am (#)

    The bunnies turned out so cute, Cheryl! I love them.

  2. Kristen posted on April 2, 2012 at 10:24 am (#)

    Lemon is so spring to me – these cupcakes look fabulous!

  3. Maria posted on April 2, 2012 at 10:55 am (#)

    Too cute and I love the filling!

  4. naomi posted on April 2, 2012 at 11:22 am (#)

    So so so cute! i love all the variations, Cheryl.

  5. Paula posted on April 2, 2012 at 11:58 am (#)

    The bunny cupcakes are the sweetest and your lemon filled and lemon topped cupcakes with the lemon buttercream…that’s my kind of Easter treat.

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm (#)

    Cheryl these are TOO CUTE! I wish I had mad decorating skills like you do!

  7. Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) posted on April 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm (#)

    Oh Cheryl – these are adorable!!

  8. susan posted on April 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm (#)

    those are so festive, Cheryl! I love a good lemon cake – add a bunny and you have something so special!

  9. Heather McMullin posted on April 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm (#)


  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on April 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm (#)

    These are so cute!! Love this idea.

  11. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on April 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm (#)

    How cute are all these cupcakes! I adore the bunny ones – so cute.

  12. Noble Pig - Cathy posted on April 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm (#)

    They are so cute…and lemon curd…my absolute favorite!!!

  13. Claire @ Claire K Creations posted on April 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm (#)

    The little bunnies are absolutely adorable! I don’t think I could bite into something so cute.

  14. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on April 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm (#)

    Cute!! The post I shared today is from a few years back… but still fun to share today :)

  15. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies posted on April 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm (#)

    Stinkin’ adorable, Cheryl! I love the lemon curd in the middle. Lemon has to be my favorite flavor.. behind chocolate of course, but that’s a given, right?

  16. Angela S. posted on April 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm (#)

    Super cute and the pictures are great!

  17. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on April 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm (#)

    These are adorable! I love the lemon curd in the center. Mmmm!

  18. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on April 3, 2012 at 2:22 am (#)

    Those bunnies are too cute!

  19. Aggie posted on April 3, 2012 at 5:59 am (#)

    So cute and I love lemon anything!! My kids would freak if I made these :)

  20. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on April 3, 2012 at 8:14 am (#)

    These are fabulous! So cute Cheryl!

  21. Cookin' Canuck posted on April 3, 2012 at 8:31 am (#)

    These are beyond adorable, Cheryl! Plus, I love that you filled the cupcakes with lemon curd.

  22. marla posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:03 am (#)

    So adorable Cheryl! Love all the different designs :)

  23. bridget {bake at 350} posted on April 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm (#)

    Those are really, really cute, Cheryl! And I love, love, love lemon curd! I’ve been dreaming of a lemon curd cake…maybe I just need to make these cupcakes! 😉

  24. Jentry Nielsen posted on April 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm (#)

    These are so adorable! Love this idea! Can’t wait to try it out this weekend, the family will be so impressed! ha

  25. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted on April 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm (#)

    They look delicious. Lemon sounds so spring-like and perfect for Easter.

  26. Sue posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm (#)

    I am SO making this lemon curd tomorrow, and cupcakes:). Thanks for the great recipes. Your photography is fantastic and I love your food styling!

  27. Theodora Keelson posted on April 4, 2012 at 2:51 am (#)

    Lovely cupcakes. I will try the hollow out style. I find it so cute.

  28. Kristina Vanni posted on April 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm (#)

    How fun and festive! A delicious recipe to accompany that is sure to please everyone this holiday!

  29. Q @ JAQS posted on April 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm (#)

    Delicious and cute. You do such great work – another great project :)

    Love for you to share it at my Linky Party if you get a chance :)

  30. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on April 5, 2012 at 8:40 am (#)

    My girls would love to dive into those! Too cute!

  31. Tickled Red posted on April 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm (#)

    These are too cute! I adore the bunnies but those runny eggs are cracking me up. No pun intended, honest 😀

  32. Alyssa posted on April 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm (#)

    I’m a sucker for anything lemon!! Sounds really good and looks EVEN cuter!!! Great Job!

  33. Laura Ingalls Gunn posted on April 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm (#)

    I am visiting via TT&J. I absolutely adore this yummy project! So clever.

    If you have a moment, please stop by my blog. I created a few spring crafts this week.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  34. Hannah posted on April 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm (#)

    Came here from Made by You Monday! These look delicious!! I am sure my Bunny would love them!!

  35. Michelle posted on April 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm (#)

    These are amazing cupcakes! I would love for you to share them and anything else you might want to at my link party – I found your link over at Sundae Scoop Link party. Have a great week.


  36. Margarette Henderson posted on May 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm (#)

    I make lemon filled cupcakes but instead of filling them after they bake I drop about 1 tablespoon of lemon curd on top of the cupcake and it sinks into the middle as it bakes. You can mix the store bought frosting with cool whip and it makes a lighter tasting frosting. Just some alternate suggestions.

  37. Kim Bee posted on June 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm (#)

    Loving this. I’ve never tried doing filled ones before. I must get the little tool and have at it.

  38. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on April 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm (#)

    Those are so cute and sound delicious, I love lemon!


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