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A while ago I was invited to the American Festival in Vanse, Norway, to be a judge in their cupcake contest. All the judges loved these lemon cupcakes, we simply couldn’t get enough of them.

Luckily the winner of the contest shared the recipe with me, and I got to share it with you. Enjoy!


Luscious lemon cupcakes (yield: 24)

  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (200 g) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ½ cup (550 g) regular sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Finely grated zest of 3 lemons
  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaped tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon (250 ml) buttermilk

Lemon syrup:

  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (200 ml) lemon juice
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (200 g) regular sugar




  • angel feather icing, get the recipe here.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
  • Sift the flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Finely grate the zest of the lemons and squeeze out enough juice to get 2 tablespoons.
  • Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and finely grated lemon zest.
  • Now add the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder), alternating with the wet ingredients (lemon juice and buttermilk). Beat until everything is well blended.
  • Devide the batter into the cupcakes forms.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Let´s cool.
  • Make the lemon syrup, 
  • Put all the ingredients into a saucepan. Turn on the heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.
  • Brush the still warm cupcakes with some lemon syrup, if you like.
  • Add 1 tablespoon with lemon curd on each cupcake, get the recipe here.
  • Make the Angel Feather icing, get the recipe here
  • Use a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1A tip to pipe the toppings onto the cupcakes.
  • Enjoy









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  1. At what temperature do I have to bake them? I put it at 180 degree and I went so wrong 🙂

    • Team Passion4Baking Reply

      Hi Kim and Sarah, 180 degrees Celcius, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.:)

      -Team Passion4Baking

  2. Why did it went so wrong in my oven at 180 C? They were like extremely brown and dry at the top. Maybe my oven is too hot? 

    • Team Passion4Baking Reply

      Hello again Kim, it’s hard to tell, but ovens vary so you may be right that your oven is too hot. Always check 5-10 minutes before the time is up. Hope they will turn out better of you give them another go!

      -Team Passion4Baking

    • Team Passion4Baking Reply

      Hi Zara, the recipe will still work if you use whole fat milk instead of buttermilk, but if you do: add a teaspoonful of vinegar to the milk before adding to the batter.
      Happy baking!

      -Team Passion4Baking

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