Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes With Lemon Buttercream Frosting

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It’s spring! Time for lightness and flavors to match. What’s better than a lemon cupcake? Lemon poppy seed cupcakes! These little cakes are moist and dense and the frosting is amazingly lemony.

For the best taste, always use fresh lemon juice. (To get the most juice, use pressure to roll the lemon on a hard surface before juicing.)  Since this recipe requires lemon zest, there is no way not to have fresh juice!

Items you will need:

Hand Held Juicer
Wilton Buttercup Yellow
Wilton Tip #6B
Wilton Sparkling Sugars

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes With Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbls. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 Tbls. poppy seeds
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbls. grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 or more Tbls. heavy cream
  • Wilton Buttercup Yellow
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add lemon zest and sugar

  3. In a bowl of electric mixer, whisk together sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter until blended.

  4. Add the dry ingredients just until all is incorporated - do not over mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the poppy seeds until combined.

  5. Divide the batter evenly into the 12 prepared muffin cups. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Do not over bake. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

  1. Cream the butter in an electric mixer.

  2. Slowly add one cup of sugar until mixed. Add another cup of sugar and the grated lemon.

  3. Add the third cup of sugar and the lemon juice. Mix until combined.

  4. Add the fourth cup of sugar and 1 Tbls. cream. Add the last cup of sugar and the rest of the cream.  Add more cream if necessary to achieved the desired consistency.

  5. Scrape down the bowl and add a small amount of coloring. Mix and scrape down the bowl adding more coloring if needed to achieve the desired color.


Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost with the Lemon Buttercream Frosting using a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 6B tip. Sprinkle sparkling sugar over the top.

Happy baking!

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Let’s Make Chicks Cupcakes!

Chick Cupcakes

Have you ever seen the cutest cupcake on the internet and wondered, “Wow, how did they do that?” Me too! Recently, I saw this awesome picture of chicks cupcakes on Pinterest, but could find no other information. Well, I’m always up for a challenge and became obsessed with how to create them.

Want to make some too? I’ll take you step by step how I created mine. (This tutorial will yield 12 cupcakes.) This might look a little overwhelming, but I wanted to give you specific details so you can make fantastic cupcakes!

First, start with a chocolate cupcake (my favorite recipe is here) and bake in a brown cupcake liner. If you don’t have time to complete this project at one time – no problem! You can bake the cupcakes ahead of time and freeze in an airtight container. When you are ready to decorate, take the cupcakes out of the freezer and let them thaw as you get the decorating ingredients together.

The supplies you’ll need to create the chicks are:

  • Buttercream frosting
  • Wilton Colors: orange, buttercup yellow and black
  • Fondant
  • Wilton Tips #235 and #1
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza cutter

Supplies For Chicks

Put on those rubber gloves and blend the buttercup yellow coloring into approximately 3/4 cup of fondant. Break off 36 pieces of fondant and roll into egg shapes.

Chick Bodies

Using approximately 1/4 cup of fondant, blend in the orange color. Roll out the fondant to about 1/8″ thickness. You’re going to have to eyeball this. Don’t make it too thick, but don’t make too thin or the fondant won’t hold it’s shape

Cut the fondant in diamond shapes. Mine were too big. I ended up cutting them all down even smaller so they were the right proportion.

Time to make the Buttercream frostings:


  • 1 pound butter (2 sticks) softened
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbls. vanilla extract
  • Heavy cream or milk
  • Baking cocoa


  1. Cream the butter until light and fluffy with an electric mixer on high.
  2. Set the mixer to slow and slowly add one cup of sugar at a time, scrapping down the bowl often.
  3. Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add a splash of cream or milk until the frosting is the desired consistency. The frosting should be on the stiffer side so it will hold it’s shape when piped.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: One batch of buttercream is all you need for this project. Half of the buttercream will be used for the base of white and half for the chocolate nest. So, scoop out half of the buttercream and reserve. Scoop out a couple of tablespoons of the white buttercream and add the black color. Cover with a damp towel for later. Now, add 1 Tbls. cocoa to the buttercream still in the mixer and mix until incorporated. Not dark enough? Add another tablespoon of cocoa.

Using a piping bag fitted with a #235 tip and white buttercream, pipe the base. (Short, upward movements.)

Pipe Nest 1

Using a piping bag fitted with a #235 tip and chocolate buttercream, pipe the nest. (Swirl the icing in a circle around the top of the white buttercream.)

Pipe Nest 2

Add three egg shapes to the nest. Using a dab of water, adhere the beaks to the egg shapes. (Too much water and the fondant will slide right off!)

Using a piping bag fitted with a #1 tip and the black frosting, pipe two tiny eyes onto each yellow egg shape. Chicks! You’ve now got little chicks in a nest.

Pipe Eyes


Ready to try this, share this or save it for later? Save it to Pinterest!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!

Happy baking!




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