Lemon Curd Cupcake

Maggie May Schill


I've been promising this one to some friends for awhile. Lemon curd cupcake! Yummy lemon curd in the center!


★★★★★ 2 votes

2 Hr
25 Min



  • 3 c
    cake flour
  • 2 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 c
    (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 large
    eggs, room temperature
  • 1 c
    heavy cream
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon zest, freshly grated

  • 4 large
    egg yolks
  • 8 Tbsp
  • 5 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, divided and cold
  • 1 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon zest, freshly grated

  • 1 c
    (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    lemon juice, fresh
  • 4 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • ·
    yellow food coloring, optional

How to Make Lemon Curd Cupcake


  1. 1- Preheat oven to 350'F

    Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. --For curd--

    1-In a small sauce pan combine egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Heat over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, be sure to stir mixture almost continuously.

    2- Once mixture becomes thick enough that it sticks to your spoon almost like a syrup remove from heat and stir in one tablespoon of butter at a time until all 4 tablespoons are complete dissolved.

    3- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours at least. You can store it for 2 days at the most.

    Side note: if you lay the plastic wrap directly against the lemon curd while it sets you won't get that weird skin curds and pudding always get while they set typically. It'll make it easier to mix and spread on your cake later.
  3. --for cake--

    1- In a large mixing bowl sift cake flour, salt and baking powder together, set aside.
  4. In another large mixing bowl cream butter, your sugar and lemon zest together until completely creamy.
  5. In a measuring cup pour of 1 cup of cream, mix it with vanilla extract and lemon juice, set aside.
  6. Add eggs to butter mixture one egg at a time until completely incorporated.
  7. Add flour to creamed butter mixture in thirds, adding cream mixture to batter in between adding your flour.
    In all you will interchange adding three batches of flour and two batches of the cream. Completely incorporate, but do not over mix.
  8. Pour out into pans and bake for 21 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out just barely clean.

    Cool cakes completely on wire wrack.
  9. --For frosting--

    1- In a mixing bowl cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add confectioner's sugar until completely incorporated.

    2- Add vanilla and lemon juice and whip until smooth.

    3- Add food coloring is desired. Set aside.
  10. --assembly--

    1- Core each cupcake with a pairing knife or use a cupcake corer. Do not make hole more than 3/4 inch deep.

    2- Spoon a bit of the lemon curd into each cupcake hole.

    3- Frost cakes as desired with lemon cream cheese frosting.

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About Lemon Curd Cupcake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Italian

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