Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes

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Oh, how I ADORE lemon.  Recipes with lemon are constantly beckoning to me, especially if they’re sweet.  ☺  Spring is the perfect time to enjoy lemon recipes–the color, taste, smell–it’s delightful.  These Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes are remarkably and insanely good.  Being a frosting girl, I could eat it with a spoon all by itself, it’s that good.  Not that I would EVER do that.  ;)

lemon cream cheese cupcakes | simplykierste.com

I love these cupcakes because the lemon flavor is, well, lemon-y!  The rich cream cheese frosting melts in your mouth, and the two together are…perfection. Make them for a gathering, special occasion like a baby shower, to give to a friend, or just because!!!

lemon cream cheese cupcakes | simplykierste.com

Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 1 box lemon cake mix (I'm a Duncan Hines girl!)
  • 1 small package lemon instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ c. flour
  • ⅓ c. oil
  • 1½ c. water
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ c. butter, softened
  • 2-3 T. lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake ingredients for 30 seconds on a low speed, then scrape the sides and mix for another 2 minutes on medium speed. Line cupcake pans with liners, and fill ½ full. Bake for 21-24 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean Cool for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks. Let cool completely before frosting.
  2. Beat frosting ingredients together with an electric mixer until well blended. Start with 2 T. lemon juice, and add more if necessary. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with yellow sugar or lemon zest.


I’m so excited to share my favorite Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes along with a fun monthly collaboration starting today with 10 creative blogs. Each month on the 10th, the same 10 blogs will share a project around the same theme, and you can hop to their blogs to see and save their projects after viewing mine. Pin this collage below, and make sure you come back on the 10th each month! SO, SO fun!  I can’t wait to see what these uber talented ladies come up with, and you’re not going to want to miss any of it!

In May, the theme is CITRUS, below are the fabulous shares.

10 Citrus projects and recipes

To see each contributors Citrus post up close, join the Blog Hop! {In the event that the direct link to their posts don’t work when clicking on the title, click on the blogs main page link just before}. They are numbered according to the links below.

1. Capturing Joy shares Citrus Photography Art Prints for the home

2 .Eighteen25 sharing their Orange Party Punch recipe

3 .Landee See, Landee Do shares a Crusted Lemon Cream Bars recipe

4. Little Miss Momma sharing diy Typography Mantel Art (Using Lemons)

5. Lolly Jane shares a diy Chevron Citrus Wreath tutorial

6.Or So She Says shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Gems

7. Simply Kierste has a recipe for Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes

8. Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Creamy Lemon Bars recipe

9. Thirty Handmade Days shares When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Cookies! Printable and recipe

10. Your Homebased Mom shares a Lemon Cream Cake Recipe

If you want to make sure you don’t forget to stop by each month on the 10th, grab a button and place it in your sidebar!

10 Creative Blogs 10th each month
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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

10 thoughts on “Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes

  1. These look delicious Kierste! Hello how is everyone forgetting the cream cheese in the frosting? Lemon cream cheese? Perfection. And that’s the cutest little stand. Can’t wait to try them!

  2. I eat cake so I can eat frosting and this frosting sounds amazing!!!

  3. Kierste,

    I love your website. I love your beautiful, creatfulness (is that a word? is now).

    How did you create your 1-10 photo mosaic with the pink edging? I LOVE it!!

    Following you now! x

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