Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes! XOXO

Valentine’s Day is just a week away, can you believe it?!? I have a few friends that are V-Day Haters. NO, they are not ugly …or single. *smile* They simply think it’s just another commercialized holiday puffed up to make us spend money on things we don’t need. They may very well have a point, but I am personally all about any holiday that promotes kissing, chocolate, and PINK food!

I remember getting a Valentine card from the little boy who sat next to me in second grade; I think his name was Bradley. Of course he gave a small card to everyone in the class, but mine was special. He had made it himself, cutting little hearts out of  the center like a heart-shaped paper snowflake. We always put our shoes together under our desks to compare the size of our feet…ah, young love!

Nowadays I’m quite thankful my hubby’s feet are almost double the size of mine. He’s a gem, for more reasons than that he makes my feet look small.

We should appreciate those we love all year long, but sometimes we need a little reminder, or at least I do. I need to recognize that my 5 1/2 year old son is a joy, even when he splashes so much water out of the tub that it floods through the light fixtures below. And sometimes I need to keep in mind that my daughter is a tender-hearted angel, although she leaves a messy trail through every room of the house immediately after I’ve cleaned it!  Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do some soul-searching and recollect all the attributes that makes our family and friends so special. I’m SURE they have to do that for me!

Show your sweethearts some love with these little babies! Zingy lemon cupcakes with sweet creamy raspberry frosting. They are perfect to take to a school party or deliver to a friendly neighbor. They could make anyone’s V Day a little bit brighter!


Yield: 30 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:
3 cups light all-purpose flour
 (like White Lily)
2 cups sugar
1 Tb. baking powder
Zest of 2 lemons
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 Tb. lemon juice
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the Raspberry Frosting:
8 oz. cold cream cheese
¾ cup room-temperature butter
½ cup raspberry jam ("spreadable fruit" is thicker and easier to work with)
½ tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 drop red food coloring
3+ cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 325° F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners and spray the liners with non-stick spray. (It makes the liners peel off easier.)

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt in an electric mixer. Mix on low speed until combined. Add the butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. With the mixer on medium speed, add the wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down the sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not over-beat.

Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about two-thirds full.

Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. 
Should make about 30.

In the electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and jam together until smooth. Add the vanilla, salt and food coloring; mix until an even colored pink is reached.

Turn the mixer on low and add the powdered sugar a little at a time to avoid a sugar cloud. Then turn the mixer up until the frosting is smooth.

Place in the refrigerator until and cupcakes are cooled and ready to be frosted.

Once the cupcakes are completely cool, frost the cupcakes and garnish with fresh raspberries.

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95 Responses to “Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes! XOXO”

  1. #
    Steve @ HPD — February 8, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    great looking cupcakes. and also thanks for the admin/techno notes.



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    Emily Z — February 8, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    Sommer, these are PERFECT! They look so absolutely delicious, and I agree with Chris and Amy’s comment… who doesn’t love lemon and raspberry together?


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    Eileen — February 8, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    I love Valentine’s Day. A true romantic. Those cupcakes are beautiful. Love the flavor combo. I just signed up to watch your cooking show!


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    Shirley — February 8, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    These look so sweet!! My guy would go nuts if I make these for Valentines Day. I just might. I also think I could just eat the frosting off every cupcake.


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    Monet — February 8, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    What a lovely Valentines post. Your cupcakes are beautfiul, and you know what is even more beautiful? Your words and recollections. Thanks for always making me smile with your words, photos and recipes. I hope that your Wednesday is full of joy!


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    Peggy — February 9, 2011 @ 4:52 am

    This definitely sounds like a refreshing little treat for the big Valentine’s Day!


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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — February 9, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    I’m sitting at my computer first thing in the morning with coffee in hand, and I click on food buzz and this beautiful cupcake greets me. It’s going to be a great day! Well done on the top nine!


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    Chef Dennis — February 9, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    hi Sommer

    great job with your video and those sweet little cupcakes!!
    Congrats on your top 9 today and your upcoming classs with The Motherhood!


  9. #
    Priya Sreeram — February 9, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    Sommers- congrats on being the Top 9 on Feb 7 and hey these beauties deserve that ! I am in love with them !!


  10. #
    shabunam — February 9, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    I am not a big fan of valentine day , but these cupcakes are just gorgeous .


  11. #
    kateiscooking — February 9, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Beautiful and perfect for Valentine’s Day!


  12. #
    clcb — February 9, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    printing and will be making for dessert on V-Day….yum, yum


  13. #
    Cookin' Canuck — February 9, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    Your site looks fantastic! These cupcakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day and your story about Bradley was so sweet.


  14. #
    Tiffany — February 9, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    These are too pretty and I am all for any holiday that celebrates love!


  15. #
    A Canadian Foodie — February 9, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    I hate cupcakes. Well, hate is a strong word. I think of them as purveyors of icing and enjoy the un-iced ones. I never buy them as a boughten one is never good. I don’t eat them anywhere unless they look like this! The raspberry is the crowning glory on these. The fresh fruit beckons, but the crumb in your cake can be seen beside the icing. Incredibly tender and light! I love pink, too – but still don’t eat pink icing. Somehow, this looks light and marchmellowy – light like a cloud. Not heavy and thick and rich and buttery. Not that butter is bad. I love it. Just not a pound at a time.
    Honestly, I have NEVER seen such gorgeous cupcakes. I made some similar for grade 9 grade with my students. White on white with a raspberry on top. They were pretty, too – but the cake did not have this appearance.
    And, I like Valentine’s Day. There can never be enough days to mush and gush and fuss and lust!


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    A Canadian Foodie — February 9, 2011 @ 6:28 pm



  17. #
    Reeni — February 9, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Your cupcakes are positively luscious! I love the lemon and raspberry combo! Makes me long for summer.


  18. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — February 9, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    These cupcakes look picture perfect! Congrats on Top 9!


  19. #
    Simple Pure Vegan + Baby — February 9, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    now if I could “veganize” this recipe looks devine!!


  20. #
    Ellie (Almost Bourdain) — February 9, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes! Love the lovely pink.


  21. #
    Nana — February 9, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    You did it again … Top Nine. You go Spicy Lady! I registered for your cooking class on line and did a practice run tonight with the class that was offered. Wanted to make sure I knew how to use the Motherhood.com. I’m ready for you.


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 9, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    Congratulations on your top 9 spot, Sommer! These cupcakes, and your beautiful blog, are well deserving of recognition. I’m so glad to have found your blog and look forward to seeing more :) – Georgia


  23. #
    Farida — February 11, 2011 @ 1:13 am

    That cupcakes look so sweet, I will try it for weekend, thanks for share your recipes.



  24. #
    Stella — February 13, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    Pretty, Sommer! I love lemon and berries together-such a classic and delicious combination to never ever be forgotten (smile).
    p.s. Nice Top 9er-you’re on a roll, Lady;-)


  25. #
    Amanda — February 13, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    I just gave these recipes a try for Valentine’s Day and they are DELICIOUS!! The frosting is especially fantastic, I will be using it at every opportunity I can find.


  26. #
    Laurel — February 15, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    My most favorite combination! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight over at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight


  27. #
    Sarah — February 24, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Love, love these cupcakes. I actually just finished making them. However, my frosting is super runny. I even added four cups of powder sugar. Any tips? I love the flavor and would like to make them again…just need a frosting fix.


    • Sommer — February 24th, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Hmmm… I wonder if the raspberry jam you used was more watery than mine?!?

      I would definitely just add more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. And maybe in the future, strain the jam a little if it seems watery.

      Hope this helps!


  28. #
    Alta — February 26, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    These are so pretty! I know I’m behind – no longer Valentine’s Day – but still, I’d be happy with a few of these!


  29. #
    Pretty. Good. Food. — April 2, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Gorgeous cupcakes! Beautiful photos too :)


  30. #
    Sally — June 24, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Made these this past week for my coworkers and they looooved them! I’m usually not a lemon fan, but these cupcakes were amazing!


  31. #
    Loretta — June 21, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Darling! Perfect for any occasion!


  32. #
    Kim — May 16, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    Hi there….were the 2 sticks of butter for the cupcake recipe softened before adding to the mixer? The recipe doesn’t specify cold or room temp. Thanks in advance…..I’m making these this weekend for a church social!


    • Sommer — May 16th, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

      Kim, yes, sorry about that. This is one of my oldest recipes. Need to fix that!


  33. #
    Sandi B — December 7, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    Cappuccino with French vanilla or caramel :)



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