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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!

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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95 Responses to “Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes! XOXO”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted February 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Nope – don’t realize it’s actually mid-February (did January even happen)? These are delightful and your little monsters seem delightful too!


  2. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Growposted February 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Those look so delicious! Raspberries, yum, spring!


  3. 5 Star Foodieposted February 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

    These are just lovely! I like the combination of lemon and raspberry flavors, yum!


  4. Dmarieposted February 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

    wow, love seeing such YUM on the screen! looking forward to your class, Spicy!


  5. Soniaposted February 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I loved the cupcakes….. and festive frosting makes them more delightful.


  6. Angie's Recipesposted February 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Those pinky cupcakes look so pretty! Raspberry atop makes them extremely elegant.


  7. Stephanieposted February 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love this flavor combo and the cupcakes look fantastic. Gorgeous photos!


  8. Claudiaposted February 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love Valentine’s Day (dubbed “single-awareness day) by friends) for exactl;y what you described – the hugs, the kisses and the color red in bleak February. As well as an excuse to turn out these beautiful cupcakes and share. They are so sweet.


  9. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted February 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

    These cupcakes look delicious! I don’t have a strong attachment to V Day but I do have a distinct fondness for sweets. As a result, I guess I’m a fan of V Day. And these cupcakes :)

    PS: I LOVE those white beaded plates. So simple and elegant!


  10. vtkitchenposted February 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

    you just took me back to elementary school. man, those were the days, when everytime someone had a birthday parents would bring cupcakes and valentines day was spent making crafts to take home!! how awesome was childhood. adulthood is such a drag. sigh.

    congrats on the show. i can’t wait to watch it!


  11. vtkitchenposted February 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    i just watched the video. it looks great! you two are really good at hosting. I can’t wait to check out the show.


  12. Roxanposted February 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Oh my gosh, that’s so cute that you and the boy would put your shoes next to each other to compare the size of your feet. Isn’t it so funny to look back at the things you used to do as a kid and laugh? It’s hilarious sometimes.

    Anyways, these cupcakes look delicious – great nod to valentine’s day. The cake part looks so light, almost like an angel food cake.


  13. carolinaheartstringsposted February 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

    The cupcakes are beautiful. The pictures you took are great! I bet they tast amazing too!


  14. The Cilantropistposted February 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Sommer these cupcakes look beautiful AND delicious! The raspberry on top is perfection, and lemon + raspberry is a winning combo any day. Lovely post, and enjoyed the cute bits about your kids. :)


  15. Magic of Spiceposted February 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

    What a sweet post :) These cupcakes are so pretty, I am afraid if I made cupcakes for my loved ones they would pat me on the head and say “you tried to bake”…Yours however sound fantastic :)


  16. Jill Colonnaposted February 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Beautiful photos as ever! Love the mix of lemon and raspberry and the PINK…
    Here’s to your lovely family. Hope they treat Mum to something special after all her yummy delights!


  17. Sprinkled with Flourposted February 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Yum! I love this flavor combo, and your photos are beautiful:)


  18. Suchitraposted February 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

    cute lil hotties! perfect for valentine day :)


  19. Victoria @ Mission: Foodposted February 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Great looking cupcakes!! I personally also love pink food, haha. Enjoyed reading your answers to those questions as well!! Thanks so much :)


  20. Steph@stephsbitebybiteposted February 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    What a cute post :) And these cupcakes look fabulous. That pink frosting is just too cute!


  21. Lizposted February 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Oh what glorious cupcakes!!! Just perfectly decorated…and delicious, I’m sure! Lovely job~


  22. Cherineposted February 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! I bet they’re addictive!


  23. rebeccaposted February 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    these look wonderful lovely fruity flavors sweet post :-)


  24. Sommer Jposted February 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! Perfect for V-Day and children V-day parties!


  25. Laura @ Family Spiceposted February 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Those cupcakes make me drool! YUM! I don’t hate Valentine’s Day, I just never had a good one! It doesn’t help that I married a Valentine’s Day Hater, just as you described! Oh well!


  26. claireposted February 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    i love anything that promotes kissing! :)

    These look gorgeous!


  27. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbsposted February 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Lovely cupcakes. I love the flavor combination and how you presented them.


  28. cheryl@ pictureperfectmeals.composted February 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I’ll bet these ARE delicious! Raspberry and lemon together, lovely. I appreciate my husband’s feet. too! Lovely thoughts, too, about Valentine’s Day.


  29. fooddreamerposted February 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Oh my god, these are totally gorgeous! I was thinking of making some raspberry buttercream for cupcakes for V-day too, but I don’t know if I can make them as pretty as yours!


  30. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchenposted February 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I love cupcakes, but I’m so interested in your raspberry cream frosting. It sounds delicious!


  31. nanascrivposted February 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Oh goodie .. the January cleansing is over and we can go back to that lucious, beautifully sweet, not good for you food? Your pictures are amazing and I know the cupcakes are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your little stories. We love them!


  32. torviewtorontoposted February 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    delicious and beautiful looking cupcakes


  33. briarroseposted February 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Charming cupcakes and I love the mix of flavors.


  34. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted February 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Your cupcakes are just gorgeous and they look soooo good! Lemon is one of my favorite kinds of cake and I just adore how you paired it with a raspberry cream frosting. I’ve never had a raspberry cream frosting before, it sounds incredible.


  35. Apicius' Apprenticeposted February 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    These cupcakes are going to get me in trouble, Sommer. “You’re killin me, smalls!”


  36. Aldyposted February 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    What a TERRIFIC COMBINATION OF FLAVORS!!! Beautiful recipe for V-day <3 Yes, is always about PINK :) –You made me remember looong time ago. How one of my roommates used to decorate the entire house. Red and Pink paper hearts hanging from the ceiling –plus white and pink lights everywhere :) The house used to look like "Barbie Doll House". My other roommates and I used to laugh and laugh. It hilarious sometimes.Isn't? The things we do on V-day !!!

    Great Pics, my mouth is watering :)




  37. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted February 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    These cupcakes look wonderful! My husband loves anything raspberry so I may just hav eto make these for him for Valentines Day!


  38. The Food Houndposted February 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    So gorgeous and I love the color! A nice change from the usual onslaught of chocolate desserts! Not that I’m ever opposed to chocolate, but raspberries and lemon are one of my fave combos :)


  39. Lora @cakeduchessposted February 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    You always make me giggle Sommer. Your little boy sounds like my 4 yr old. GORGEOUS cupcakes. Lovin’ the frosting. Lovely photos:)


  40. A little bit of everythingposted February 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    i’m somehow in the middle, love all the kissing and chocolate promotion but hate those ugly bears :)))
    these cupcakes are breathtaking. love the raspberry cream frosting.
    thanks for sharing Sommer, hope you’ll have a wonderful Thursday


  41. Saraposted February 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I think you will have to add me to the list of friends how are valentine’s day’s haters but do we really need V day to make these cupcakes? I didn’t think so :)
    They look so cute and delicious!


  42. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted February 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    What a perfect recipe for valentines day! They are so cute…I love the raspberry on top. :)


  43. Marisaposted February 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    These are the picture of a perfect cupcake. That pink icing topped with a simple red raspberry is just right for Valentine’s day. So sweet!


  44. sweetlifeposted February 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I personaly live for Feb…love VDay!! a perfect treat for the kiddos and hubby too (swoon) thanks for sharing , have a fab week!



  45. Pierreposted February 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Hey Sommer,
    Valentine’s … sweet day isn’t it. A sweet gesture of a perfect pink cupcake should satisfy all the sentimental hunger. Hahaha. Love it!


  46. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted February 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

    I’ve never been big on Valentines’ Day, but I am most definitely a fan of cupcakes, and chocolates and anything else that’s sweet …. ok so I guess I’m a fan of Valentine’s Day after all :-D


  47. Emily @Cleanlinessposted February 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Send me some cupcakes, please! Those look divine!


  48. Kate @ Diethood.composted February 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Oh WOW those cupcakes are gorgeous!! I am not big on cupcakes, but I would be more than happy to eat those up… they just look so yummy!


  49. Julianaposted February 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Sommer, the cupcakes look so pretty, love the color of the frosting and the combination of lemon and raspberries…the photos are great :-)


  50. Chris and Amyposted February 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Sooo pretty! And who doesn’t love lemon and raspberry together?!?!?


  51. Steve @ HPDposted February 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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



  52. Emily Zposted February 8, 2011 at 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?


  53. Eileenposted February 8, 2011 at 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!


  54. Shirleyposted February 8, 2011 at 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.


  55. Monetposted February 8, 2011 at 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!


  56. Peggyposted February 9, 2011 at 4:52 am

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


  57. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted February 9, 2011 at 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!


  58. Chef Dennisposted February 9, 2011 at 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!


  59. Priya Sreeramposted February 9, 2011 at 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 !!


  60. shabunamposted February 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

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


  61. kateiscookingposted February 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Beautiful and perfect for Valentine’s Day!


  62. clcbposted February 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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


  63. Cookin' Canuckposted February 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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


  64. Tiffanyposted February 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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


  65. A Canadian Foodieposted February 9, 2011 at 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!


  66. A Canadian Foodieposted February 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm



  67. Reeniposted February 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

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


  68. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted February 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    These cupcakes look picture perfect! Congrats on Top 9!


  69. Simple Pure Vegan + Babyposted February 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

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


  70. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)posted February 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes! Love the lovely pink.


  71. Nanaposted February 9, 2011 at 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.


  72. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted February 9, 2011 at 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


  73. Faridaposted February 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

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



  74. Stellaposted February 13, 2011 at 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;-)


  75. Amandaposted February 13, 2011 at 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.


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  77. Laurelposted February 15, 2011 at 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


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  79. Sarahposted February 24, 2011 at 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!


  80. Altaposted February 26, 2011 at 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!


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  82. Pretty. Good. Food.posted April 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Gorgeous cupcakes! Beautiful photos too :)


  83. Sallyposted June 24, 2012 at 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!


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  85. Lorettaposted June 21, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Darling! Perfect for any occasion!


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  92. Kimposted May 16, 2014 at 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!


  93. Sandi Bposted December 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Cappuccino with French vanilla or caramel :)


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