Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes!

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Easy, Sweet and Sour Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes!

Sometimes, going quite simple and classic is the way to success. In this case, it’s all things lemon because it is DELICIOUS. To be fair as well, Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes has been one of the most highly requested bakes on my blog in a long time, and I was in a lemony mood.

I realise that a recipe like this is really so simple, but my god it’s a good bake. I haven’t made anything lemon flavoured in a while, so I felt like it was time to rectify that atrocity and go slightly lemon overboard. Like, these are so lemony, that would probably won’t forget the flavour for a while!

Anyway, for these I decided to take influence from a couple of recipes on my website – my Lemon & Lime Drizzle Cake, and my Lemon & Poppyseed Cupcakes. It basically morphs the two recipes together into a wonderful, light and refreshing bake. You can add poppyseeds into this bake if you want as well, but I just wanted something lemon through and through.

The thing that I love about anything ‘Drizzle’ themed, is that they always taste fresh and delicious. I hate to use the word, but they are the most ‘moist’ of bakes as well, so it’s rare that they ever dry out. I always think the sugar in a drizzle is important, and it also forms a lovely sugary crust on the cake which is delicious to bite into.

I always want to be able to post a recipe such as this, and have you guys be able to taste and smell them fresh out of the oven because it is honestly incredible, so I just try my best with the photos instead. If you look at my older posts, such as my Lemon & Lime Drizzle Cake, and my Lemon & Poppyseed Cupcakes, you will see how ropey my photography skills used to be. Slightly embarrassing to be honest.

Either way, I have had so much more practice with my decorating skills, my piping skills and everything in general so hopefully the images sell these cupcakes well enough! I like to think they do, but baking them yourselves is definitely the best option. They taste so light and just delightful. Perfect for Spring, or Summer or any time!

I wasn’t sure how well this recipe would float considering it has no chocolate in, but every now and again it is appreciated. Not every person in the world likes chocolate (personally, I love it), but now and again you find someone who likes it fruity and sweet. You can add chocolate chips into the cupcakes themselves if you wish to make them even sweeter though!

Either way, these beauties are the best for someone who loves Lemon, who loves Cupcakes, and wants a bake that is a general crowd pleaser for everyone. The Buttercream can be easily coloured to suit a theme, or you can use Lemon Extract in place of the lemon juice/zest if you wanted to make it easier! Enjoy! x

4.6 from 5 votes
Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Decorating Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Easy, Sweet and Sour Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes! 

Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: Cupcakes
Keyword: Lemon
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Calories: 444 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
  • 175 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 175 g Caster Sugar
  • 175 g Self Raising Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • Zest of 1 Lemons
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 75 g Caster Sugar
  • 150 g Unsalted Butter (not stork - room temperature)
  • 300 g Icing Sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Sprinkles
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and get 12 Cupcake/Muffin/Baking Cups ready! I use 12 Iced Jems baking Cups on a flat tray!

  2. Beat together your Butter and Sugar until light and fluffy. 

  3. Add in the Flour, Eggs and Lemon Zest and beat till smooth!

  4. Split evenly between the 12 Cupcake cases, and bake in the oven for 18-22 minutes, or until baked through. 

  5. Once out of the oven, whisk together the Lemon Juice and Caster sugar for the drizzle, and spoon evenly over the 12 Cupcakes.

  6. Leave the Cupcakes to cool fully. 

  7. Once the cupcakes are cool - beat your room temperature butter for a couple of minutes so its smooth and supple - don't use a spread like stork. 

  8. Add in the Icing Sugar 1/2 at a time, and beat fully each time. 

  9. Once the Icing Sugar is in, beat for 3-5 minutes so its nice and fluffy, and add in the lemon and beat again. 

  10. Pipe your Buttercream onto your Cupcakes with your favourite piping tip - I used a Medium 2D Closed Star!

  11. Sprinkle with your favourite sprinkles! 

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 755IU15%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These are only estimates.

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  • Hermione
    February 19, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Hi Jane! Can I make these cupcakes without the drizzle? Would I then have to put the zest of 2 lemons in the cake mixture instead of 1?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 19, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      It depends how lemony you want them! If you like it lemony, add another in!

  • Liz
    September 15, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Hi, have you tried making them with a lemon curd filling?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      I personally don’t bother with these as they are drizzled so I wanted that to be the focus, but you can!

  • Sarah
    August 5, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Is it best to beat mixture by hand or in mixer? Did it with mixer and they taste great but mixture bubbled over lots in oven so I think it was over-beaten!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      I always use a mixer as I don’t have time to mix by hand – chances are your cases were just smaller than mine as mine never bubble over or maybe the measuring was off? x

  • Chloe
    June 29, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Can you use bottled lemon juice instead of juice of a fresh lemon?

  • Danielle Cole
    June 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    4 stars
    My cupcakes leaked lol but they still tasted amazing!! Also my buttercream was very yellow in colour?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 4, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      They leaked? I’m not sure what you mean.. And some butter is naturally yellow – however if you use actual unsalted butter, and whip it for long enough like I do, then it’ll come out lighter.

  • Kimberly
    May 8, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I want to add in raspberries do I just pop them in whole?

  • Helen
    April 15, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Hey lovely, can you recommend measures if using lemon extract as a replacement? I’m making them next week and don’t know where my effort level will be 😂 always rely on your site for delicious cakes every time 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 15, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Hey! I would use 1tsp for the sponges, and 1tsp for the buttercream! X

  • Tori
    March 3, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Hi, do you think these will freeze ok? I’m doing them for a party at the weekend but to try and be organised I’m going to bake on Monday, hopefully freeze, then decorate on Friday. Would you do the drizzle before or after freezing? Many thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Hiya! The cupcakes without the drizzle will freeze perfectly fine! However, drizzles are meant to go on when a cupcake is hot – you might just have to leave that bit off as I’m not sure on freezing the drizzle bit?! x

    • Tori
      March 4, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you so much 😘

  • Jenni
    February 15, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Nice Recipes. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Very helpful info particularly the last Recipe . I care for such information a lot.
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  • Sophie
    February 9, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Could I put the mixture into a normal round cake tin to make an amazing cake out of it? 🍋

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 9, 2019 at 11:48 am

      You could – but I’d check my Lemon Celebration cake as it’s already there! X

  • Amanda
    February 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Jane can’t wait to try these lemon drizzle cupcakes, going to ask a daft question do I need to poke holes in cupcakes before drizzle goes on as you would with a normal drizzle. Thanks

  • Karen
    January 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for recipe, I have just made them for my partner’s 97 year old – hope she likes them…I will be making different cupcakes cupcakes each week for her and in following your blog am guaranteed motivation. Would show you my creation but no option to post one.

  • Jessica
    January 23, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    5 stars
    Fantastic! Made these this evening after seeing them on your Instagram story this morning, they are delicious! Fab recipe yet again!

  • Fiona
    January 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    5 stars
    Would this be just as lovely with a lemon icing on top? Made from just icing sugar? I know a few people who love lemon but don’t like buttercream and these are right up my street!

  • Sara
    January 23, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    4 stars
    I can’t wait to try this recipe out ! is it possible to use a dairy-free spread in the buttercream or would you recommend using your vegan vanilla buttercream recipe instead?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 23, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      You can do, but I wouldn’t add as much Lemon – Dairy free spread is very soft.
      Can I ask how I can improve the recipe to make it 5/5* from you? Thanks!

    • Sara
      January 23, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks so much! I just made a batch (minus the buttercream – I ran out of icing sugar) and they taste great

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