Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling

Lemon Cupcakes

One of my favourites flavours to bake with after chocolate has got to be lemon. I’ve made these Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling multiple times and I’m so glad I’ve finally got round to sharing the recipe with you! Everything about these cupcakes is lemon, from the lemon zest infused sponge, to the sweet lemon flavoured buttercream and of course the gooey lemon curd centre. I’ve used all yellow decorations to let everyone know that these cupcakes are all about lemon!

Step by step…


I started by creaming together the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Then I added the eggs and whisked them in, then whisked in the self raising flour.


I separated the batter between 12 yellow cupcake cases in a cupcake tin. And I baked them for 20-25 minutes until they were golden brown.


Once they were fully cool I used a cupcake corer to make a hole in the middle of each cupcake. I filled the holes with lemon curd.


To make the buttercream I mixed together the icing sugar, butter and lemon extract until it was smooth. I piped it onto the cupcakes using a Wilton 2D nozzle.

Lemon Cupcakes

I added jelly lemon slices and yellow hundred and thousands to decorate the lemon cupcakes.

Lemon Cupcakes

These lemon cupcakes are absolute lemon heaven! The lemon curd that oozes out when you take a bite is definitely the best bit, but the light sponge and sweet buttercream are pretty darn tasty too!

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Cupcake tin Electric hand mixer Piping bags
Cupcake corer Lemon extract Zester
Lemon Curd Jem 1E Piping nozzle Yellow cupcake cases
Jelly lemon slices

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5 from 12 votes

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling

Lemon heaven in a cupcake!

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 175 g Butter
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 2 Lemons zested
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 200 g Lemon curd good quality shop bought or homemade

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter or Baking spread
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Lemon extract

For decoration

  • Yellow 100s and 1000s optional
  • Lemon jelly slices optional


  1. Pre heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin tin with 12 yellow cupcake cases (if you can't find yellow ones any colour will do)

  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy

  3. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk them in throughly, then gently whisk in the self raising flour

  4. Separate the batter between the cupcake cases

  5. Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean, leave them on a cooling rack to fully cool

  6. Use a cupcake corer or a knife to make a hole in the middle of each cupcake

  7. Fill the holes with lemon curd. You can do this using a spoon or put the lemon curd into a small piping bag, snip the end off and pipe it in

  8. To make the buttercream mix together the icing sugar and butter using an electric hand whisk or food mixer until they start to come together, then add the lemon extract and mix until smooth

  9. Put the buttercream into a large piping bag fitted with a Wilton 2D nozzle, or other nozzle of your choice and pipe it onto the cupcakes

  10. Decorate with jelly lemon slices and yellow hundred and thousands, or any sprinkles of your choice

  11. Store in an airtight container in a cool place, eat leftovers within 3 days

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43 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    I was lucky enough to try one of these at the weekend.
    Unbelievably nice cupcake!

    I’d definitely visit more often if I knew there would be cake this good waiting for me.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the cakes this weekend! The lemony middle was amazing – Funnily enough I’m eat more of your cake now 🙂

  3. These look wonderful – I love the surprise center of lemon curd and the lemon candies on top! It’s hard to imagine a more lemon-packed dessert. Yum!

  4. I love lemon cake – my mum does too, so she would also be very happy to taste one of these. They look so fresh and pretty and what a lovely zesty filling inside too!
    Thanks for linking to #Bakeoftheweek x

      1. Hi, I think I answered you on instagram, but just to confirm they are 50mm wide and 38mm tall 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Another very satisfied customer of these cakes here! Brilliantly explained but I’m sure I couldn’t make them as well as the author…

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy lemon now, it really is delicious, and yes especially the lemon curd!

  6. Thank you for sharing .I have been looking for years for a perfect lemon cupcakes.this is the star element
    A keeper.love the attention to detail.love the surprise in the middle.thank you so much

  7. I’ve made these several times and everyone always loves them! Such a brilliant recipe and fairly easy and quick to make, depending on how fussy you are with the piping of course 🙂 I’ll definitely be using this recipe time and time again.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe worked amazingly and my fussy husband loved the cupcakes ? wouldn’t hesitate to make again. Thank you!

    1. Hi, thank you! There is a grey button at the top of the page that says print recipe, so you can click that. Or in the recipe card, underneath the small photo and the black stars, there is a print option you can click. I hope that helps!

  9. 5 stars
    We had one left yesterday and decided to keep it for a little girl who was going to visit us – not because we really wanted too but my husband and I were both willing to fight for it. Thought it was better for the marriage to give it away, as sharing with each other wasn’t really an option we considered

    1. This is hilarious Susan! I’m glad my cupcakes weren’t responsible for a broken marriage!! 😀

  10. 5 stars
    Tried these for my nephew and he loved them so much, I’m baking them today for his 14th Birthday.

    I find a melon ball cutter works well if you don’t have a cupcake corer.

    Five star cakes!

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Jacqueline, I’m so pleased to hear your nephew loves the cupcakes, and what a great tip about the melon baller!

  11. Please could I ask for the cup depth and diameter of the cupcake pan you use please? Thanks

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve made these cup cakes a number of times and they always come out beautifully, a firm family favourite!

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