Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling

If you’re a fan of lemon cake, you are going to go absolutely CRAZY for my lemon cupcakes with lemon curd. Moist lemon cupcakes, filled with tangy curd and topped with a swirl of sweet lemon buttercream. Oh and don’t forget a drizzle of even more lemon curd. Totally scrumptious!

Lemon cupcakes with cut open cupcake showing the lemon curd filling in the middle

The cold and often wet first months of the year can leave many people feeling as dreary as the weather here in the UK. I often find myself dreaming of warmer days in the coming months myself. And, of course, hoping for some sunshine too!

For me, lemons are the perfect sunny, mood-lifting flavour, especially when I’m baking. These lemon drizzle cookies are perfect for a quick-bake lemon fix, if that’s what you’re after.

I especially love lemon curd too: it’s so versatile! In our family, we enjoy it with scones, on toast or crackers, or even with pancakes/crêpes and berries for breakfast. Soooo good!!

Spooning the lemon cupcake batter into cases ready for baking
These lemon cupcakes are filled with delicious homemade lemon curd filling for extra zingy delicious flavour!
Lemon buttercream is swirled over the lemon curd cupcakes
My lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling are then drizzled with extra lemon curd to finish them off

These cupcakes are a triple whammy of this beautiful flavour: bright moist lemony cupcakes, filled with delicious zingy lemon curd. And the soft sweet buttercream on top just completes this beautiful trio. Perfectly balanced lemon flavour with sweetness. Absolutely delicious.

Ready to share: my lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling

As is the eternal case in our home, these never hang around for long! They are barely able to remain untouched whilst cooling 😆 So once they have been filled and iced, they’re pretty much always gone within a day!

I’ve made these for friends, parties and even bake sales. Or just because we all need a little treat ourselves! Whatever your reason, I’m confident you’ll love these little beauties!

Stunning and vibrant and packed with lemon flavour, these lemon curd cupcakes are heavenly!

Thanks for joining me today in my kitchen. I hope you will enjoy making and demolishing my lemon cupcakes with lemon curd as much as my family and I do! 😊

Happy baking, friends!

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Cupcake tinCupcake cases
Piping bagsPiping nozzle
Ice cream scoopsStand mixer
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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling

4 from 12 votes
Recipe by movers and bakers Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Moderate
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Moist cupcakes, tangy lemon curd, sweet lemon buttercream. Heavenly!


  • For the cupcakes
  • 175 g (¾ cup + 2 tbsp) caster sugar

  • 2 lemons, zest

  • 175 g (¾ cup + 1 tbsp) unsalted butter cubed, at room temp

  • 3 lrg eggs

  • 175 g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) self-raising flour

  • Filling and topping
  • lemon curd, to fill and top cupcakes

  • 220 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened

  • 440 g (3 cups) icing (powdered) sugar

  • 2-4 tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cases and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, tip in your sugar then zest in both lemons directly into your bowl. Stir to combine lemon zest and its oils with sugar, then add butter to the bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add in your eggs, one at a time, mixing well until combined before adding the next, and scraping your bowl down to make sure everything is well mixed together. Sift in the flour and mix to combine.
  • Spoon your cake mixture equally between your prepared cupcake cases. I use an ice cream scoop, but you can use two spoons too. Bake in your preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until your cupcakes are springy to touch and a cocktail stick comes out clean. Cool.
  • To make the buttercream, first, soften the butter in your mixing bowl. Add in the sugar and mix, then add enough lemon juice to help it come together. Beat for a few minutes until your icing is light and fluffy. Stir through with a spatula, then transfer into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle (I use Wilton 1M).
  • Once your cupcakes are cool, cut out a hole in the middle of each cupcake (I use an apple corer, but a knife will do too), and fill with some curd, tapping your cupcake on the worktop to help the curd sink into the cupcake better. Once filled, pipe a buttercream swirl on your cupcake and drizzle over a little more lemon curd to finish. Enjoy!


  • Zest your lemons directly into your mixing bowl, then stir into your sugar. The sugar will absorb the flavours of the oil and zest, making for more flavourful cupcakes.
  • When adding eggs, be sure to thoroughly mix each egg into your butter mixture before adding the next, or you’ll end up with a batter that looks like scrambled eggs.
  • I like to stir my buttercream through after I’ve whisked it up, just to release some of the air bubbles. This means my buttercream pipes without any air pockets and so looks smoother.

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  1. Turkha Santhi

    The best cup cake that I have ever made. The taste are fabulous ❤. And those lemon curd taste heavenly 😋

  2. I have not made this yet, but I am going to do this today. I just have to say that I could listen to you talk all day. Beautiful voice and accent.

  3. Hi do you bake in a fan. Oven

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