Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

Soft Tangy Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes RecipeSweet and tangy Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes, perfect for spring parties!

Tangy Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes Recipe
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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 son is a joy, even when he splashes so much water out of the tub that it floods through the light fixtures below.

Making Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes Recipe

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!

How to Make Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcakes are a great way to show our loved ones just how special they are to us.

These zingy Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes a treat, my kids absolutely adore. They are perfect to take to a party or deliver to a friendly neighbor. Best yet, they are a tasty surprise when the kids come home after a long day at school.

Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes could make anyone’s day a little bit brighter!

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Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Soft and tangy Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes Recipe - A fabulous cupcake recipe for spring, using lemon zest, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries!
Servings: 30 cupcakes
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 90mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 28g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Cupcakes:
For the Raspberry Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cold cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup room-temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam (“spreadable fruit” is thicker and easier to work with)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • 3+ cups powdered sugar
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners and spray the liners with nonstick baking spray. (It makes the liners peel off easier.)

  2. Combine the flour, corn starch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest and salt in an electric mixer. Mix on low speed until combined. Add the butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
  3. In a separate 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 the ingredients are incorporated, but do not over-beat.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among liners, filling about two-thirds full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the process with remaining batter.
For the Frosting:
  1. 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.

  2. 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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99 comments on “Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

  1. cakespyposted April 16, 2017 at 10:15 am Reply

    These are just the HAPPIEST little cakes!!! I love the vibrant color. A perfect springtime treat.

  2. Jackieposted April 11, 2017 at 9:50 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer

    What brand of raspberry jam did you use in this recipe.

    • Sommerposted April 18, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply

      Hi Jackie!

      I usually buy the Santa Cruz brand. :)

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

    Cappuccino with French vanilla or caramel :)

  5. Kimposted May 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted May 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm Reply

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

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

    Darling! Perfect for any occasion!

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  14. Sallyposted June 24, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply

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

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

    Gorgeous cupcakes! Beautiful photos too :)

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  17. Altaposted February 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm Reply

    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!

  18. Sarahposted February 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm Reply

    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.

    • Sommerposted February 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm Reply

      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!

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  20. Laurelposted February 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm Reply

    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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  22. Amandaposted February 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm Reply

    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.

  23. Stellaposted February 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm Reply

    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;-)

  24. Faridaposted February 11, 2011 at 1:13 am Reply

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


  25. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted February 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm Reply

    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

  26. Nanaposted February 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm Reply

    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.

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

    Beautiful cupcakes! Love the lovely pink.

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

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

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

    These cupcakes look picture perfect! Congrats on Top 9!

  30. Reeniposted February 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm Reply

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

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


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

    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!

  33. Tiffanyposted February 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm Reply

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

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

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

  35. clcbposted February 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm Reply

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

  36. kateiscookingposted February 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Beautiful and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  37. shabunamposted February 9, 2011 at 8:54 am Reply

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

  38. Priya Sreeramposted February 9, 2011 at 7:27 am Reply

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

  39. Chef Dennisposted February 9, 2011 at 7:23 am Reply

    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!

  40. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted February 9, 2011 at 6:14 am Reply

    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!

  41. Peggyposted February 9, 2011 at 4:52 am Reply

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

  42. Monetposted February 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm Reply

    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!

  43. Shirleyposted February 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm Reply

    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.

  44. Eileenposted February 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm Reply

    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!

  45. Emily Zposted February 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm Reply

    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?

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

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


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

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

  48. Julianaposted February 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm Reply

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

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

    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!

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

    Send me some cupcakes, please! Those look divine!

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

    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

  52. sweetlifeposted February 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm Reply

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


  53. Pierreposted February 8, 2011 at 12:33 am Reply

    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!

  54. Marisaposted February 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm Reply

    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!

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

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

  56. Saraposted February 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm Reply

    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!

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

    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

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

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

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

    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 :)

  60. Aldyposted February 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm Reply

    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 :)



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

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

  62. [email protected]posted February 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm Reply

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

  63. briarroseposted February 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm Reply

    Charming cupcakes and I love the mix of flavors.

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

    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.

  65. torviewtorontoposted February 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm Reply

    delicious and beautiful looking cupcakes

  66. nanascrivposted February 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm Reply

    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!

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

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

  68. fooddreamerposted February 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm Reply

    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!

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

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

  70. claireposted February 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm Reply

    i love anything that promotes kissing! :)

    These look gorgeous!

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

    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!

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

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

  73. [email protected] pictureperfectmeals.composted February 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm Reply

    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.

  74. Cherineposted February 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Gorgeous cupcakes! I bet they’re addictive!

  75. rebeccaposted February 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm Reply

    these look wonderful lovely fruity flavors sweet post :-)

  76. Lizposted February 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm Reply

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

  77. [email protected]posted February 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm Reply

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

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

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

  79. Suchitraposted February 7, 2011 at 11:54 am Reply

    cute lil hotties! perfect for valentine day :)

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

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

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

    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!

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

    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 :)

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

    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. :)

  84. Roxanposted February 7, 2011 at 10:13 am Reply

    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.

  85. carolinaheartstringsposted February 7, 2011 at 11:05 am Reply

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

  86. vtkitchenposted February 7, 2011 at 10:47 am Reply

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

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

    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!

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

    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!

  89. Claudiaposted February 7, 2011 at 9:22 am Reply

    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.

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

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

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

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

  92. Soniaposted February 7, 2011 at 9:13 am Reply

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

  93. Dmarieposted February 7, 2011 at 8:57 am Reply

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

  94. 5 Star Foodieposted February 7, 2011 at 9:11 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    Those look so delicious! Raspberries, yum, spring!