ccupcakesNo time for baking? Try these Lemony Cupcakes here. My kids can make them in a jiffy from scratch. (Yeah, right, IMAGINE, they are under the icing. We had the color stuff left over from a cake class and got into rainbow color “play.” Move over, cake boss!)

This cupcake recipe (forget the icing) has only 7 common ingredients—which you already have in your pantry or fridge. It is no secret: these lemony cupcakes taste delicious for the generous “splurge” of butter. So don’t overdo the eating. They are a special treat.

ccflowersBy the way: Never mind the “royal” icing on our creations (photos). We went a little crazy. For a healthier outcome, just dust your cupcakes with a little powder sugar—although there is obviously no limit to “creative” decorating.


  • 200 g butter (1 ¾ sticks)
  • 200 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 lemon’s grated peel
  • ccjellies2 lemons’ juice (or 1 only, but add a squirt of milk)
  • 200 g flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • a “shot” of milk, if needed


  • Cut up the butter, warm it slightly so that you can beat it easily with a whisk or electric mixer.
  • Add in the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, whisk until you get a creamy, fair batter.
  • Slowly whisk in the flour and baking powder to a creamy consistency. Add milk, as necessary. Dough should “rip” from the spoon and pile up gently in the paper cups.
  • Fill the paper lined cupcake pan equally with 2 spoons full of batter. This makes about 20 cupcakes.
  • Bake the cupcakes at 350F for 30 minutes, let cool for 1 hour, then decorate to your heart’s content.

ccgirlsNOTE: The recipe for “Zitronenküchlein” is from the book “Kinder-Geburtstagstorten”. In Germany even kids know about “good eats.”


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