Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes |

How about a little sunshine today?  We can all use a little of that, right?  And when the sunshine comes in the form of a cupcake, it’s even better.  There’s a fresh dusting of snow on the ground this morning, and I am so over it.  I don’t want to see a dusting, a flurry or anything that even resembles a snowflake from this point on.  So these lovely little lemon cupcakes filled with bright meyer lemon curd and piled high with light, fluffy mascarpone frosting are how I’m dealing.  They’re my way of sprinkling a little warmth and sunshine over winter, over this week and anything else you think needs it.

The one thing I love about winter is the citrus, especially meyer lemons.  The smell alone will put you in a good mood.  I’m telling you, if you see them in the grocery store just go for it – it’s intoxicating. They are so fantastic to bake with and meyer lemon curd = sunshine in a bowl.  I still dream about that Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cake Roll

I had cupcakes on the brain this weekend.  Then again, when do I not…  And lemon cupcakes sounded like they might be just the thing to lure Spring to show up a little sooner, so it was on.  The cupcakes themselves are a major win.  They are packed with meyer lemon zest and the sour cream in there is the magic ingredient that keep them unbelievably delish.  I would say that other word that starts with an m, ends with a t, has 5 letters and is often used to describe cake. But truth be told, that word makes me cringe so delish will have to do for today.

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes |

To make this whole situation even better, I made a batch of meyer lemon curd, aka sunshine, to fill the cupcakes.  Now my big trick that makes life much easier when filling cupcakes is to freeze them for a few hours before you fill them.  I actually suggest making these cupcakes and curd a day ahead of time.  This way you can freeze the cupcakes overnight and the curd has lots of time in the fridge.

The other thing I must let you in on is how I fill the cupcakes, a question I am asked quite often. People always want to know how this all happens.  ”Is there a special tool you use?” I use a pastry tip.  Yup, what you need you might already have.  I like tip #807 – the top of it.  And once again just to make sure you didn’t miss it, it’s much easier if the cupcakes are frozen.

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes |

Now that we’ve taken care of that, it’s time to hit them with some luscious mascarpone frosting.  It’s light, packs just the right amount of sweetness, and all those swirls piled up high tell you to just dive in.  First you get the flavorful cupcake, then the bright meyer lemon curd peeks through and last, you get the smooth mascarpone frosting that balances out the lemon beautifully.  After a few bites, you might just forget all about winter!

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes |

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes


    Meyer Lemon Cupcakes
  • 5 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest of 3 meyer lemons
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 & 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Meyer Lemon Curd
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 & 1/4 cups sugar
  • zest of 2 meyer lemons
  • 3/4 cup meyer lemon juice
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cubed
  • Mascarpone Frosting
  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


    Meyer Lemon Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar and lemon zest till light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add vanilla bean paste.
  5. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in separate bowl.
  6. Add dries to mixture alternating with sour cream.
  7. Fill cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes rotating once halfway through.
  8. Meyer Lemon Curd
  9. Whisk all ingredients together in a saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened - this generally takes 6-8 minutes. Do not boil.
  10. Remove from heat and strain.
  11. Once curd is cool, cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly on the curd to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate till ready to use.
  12. Mascarpone Frosting
  13. Whip heavy cream, vanilla and powdered sugar till stiff.
  14. Fold into mascarpone. Use right away.

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22 Responses to “Meyer Lemon Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    OMG these are just absolutely wonderful! Wonderful indeed!

  2. 2

    Oh man, could I use a little lemon love right about now. These look amazing! Totally drooling over that awesome cake stand too.

    • 2.1

      PS – you must be related to my sister-in-law. She despises the work m***t. Anytime someone speaks it, she goes down her list of alternates, “not dry, fudgy, fresh, saturated, doused, and so on…”

    • 2.2
      bblondie says:

      Thanks Patricia! The cake stand was a lucky find!I love that your sis-in-law immediately starts listing alternatives!

  3. 3
    Helena says:

    Meghan – those look fantastic! I’m a lemon lover. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  4. 4
    Liz says:

    I must pin everything you make, Meghan! These look absolutely irresistible!!!

  5. 5

    Oh, I love meyer lemons and these so look SO delightfully sunshiney. I would love one (or two…) right now! =)

  6. 6
    Terra says:

    Well this lover of winter is not ready for the snow and cold to disappear just yet. BUT can I still have a cupcake please!!! I love the addition of Meyer lemon curd, they look amazing! Hugs, Terra

  7. 7

    I could use a little sunlight at this point in my life. All this snow and gray is bringing me down. These are gorgeous.

  8. 8

    I love Meyer lemons, and these look like just the ticket! Thanks for sharing, Meghan.

  9. 9

    Just beautiful, Meghan! Pure sunshine, just when we need it. (Another ‘Polar Vortex’ is on its way here.) I just adore anything lemon and your Meyer Lemon Cupcakes looks phenomenally good! So sorry I missed this post. I have been recovering from a blood clot (and the flu, ugh!) over the last two weeks. Thanks for sharing, my friend. Hope you’re having a fabulous week! :)

  10. 10
    Beverley says:

    England could always do with a lot more sunshine! Delicious cupcakes and I’m liking the use of mascarpone in the frosting xoxo

  11. 11
    Liz says:

    It actually feels like summer today in Indiana! Your scrumptious cupcakes would make the day even more perfect!

  12. 12

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  13. 13
    laura says:

    So I had never made a curd before, lol, and it didn’t set up. But instead of being upset and wasting it I incorporated into the frosting! It was absolutely amazing.

  14. 14

    These are perfect for the season, and lemons make the best cupcakes :) I love the bright cheerful look of yours. Also I could eat lemon curd by the spoonful. :)

  15. 15

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