Lemon Cupcakes with Candied Lemon Chips

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Lemon Cupcakes with Candied Lemon Chips

We are celebrating one my favorite bloggers in the world today. Liz from The Lemon Bowl is expecting her second baby boy very very soon and I couldn’t be happier for her!! A few of her blogging friends got together to throw her a surprise virtual baby shower. Each blogger had to create a recipe with lemon in it, hence the Lemon Cupcakes with Candied Lemon Chips.

Lemon Cupcakes with Candied Lemon Chips

Liz and I have a long-standing inside joke where we say “CHIPS!” to each other randomly in social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook). So, naturally, I needed to incorporate chips into my post somehow, which is why I came up with candied lemon chips to garnish these cupcakes.

Lemon Cupcakes with Candied Lemon Chips

I wanted to write much more about Liz and about these cupcakes, but I am currently limited with my Internet usage as we are on our way back from vacation. We were supposed to be back home by now, but our car broke down and we are staying with friends in Nashville. (Darn, stuck in Nashville. What a bad day!) 😉

Lemon Cupcakes with Candied Lemon Chips

Anyway, go on over and give Liz a quick visit to her blog. You’ll love her immediately! Congratulations, Liz!! I’m so thrilled we are REAL life friends!! Love you much!!! <muah!>

Lemon Cupcakes with Candied Lemon Chips

Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Serving Size: 1 cupcake

Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Zesty lemon cupcakes, topped with fluffy vanilla cream frosting.

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Zest and juice of two medium lemons
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 12-count muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.

In large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the eggs and vanilla until fully combined.

In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and beat until just combined. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and beat again until just combined. Stir in the milk, lemon zest and lemon juice. Be careful not to overmix.

Evenly distribute the batter into the cupcake liners, filling about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. One cup at a time, slowly add 3 cups of the powdered sugar, mixing in the heavy cream between each cup added. Beat in the vanilla extract and salt, then increase the mixer to high speed and beat for 3 more minutes. Add more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.

Frost the cooled cupcakes, then garnish with Candied Lemon Chips (recipe below). Cupcakes can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Adapted Source: Sally's Baking Addiction


Candied Lemon Chips

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Candied Lemon Chips

Beautiful slices of lemon, candied to garnish your favorite lemon dish.

  • 1-2 large lemons
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar

Thinly slice the lemons using the second setting on a mandoline. (Or use a knife to carefully slice the lemons.)

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large deep skillet. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath by combining cold water and ice in a large bowl; set aside.

Place the lemon slices into the boiling water and boil for 1 minute, flipping once halfway. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the lemon slices from the water and place them in the ice bath.

Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer the lemon slices to the pan of sugar water in one layer. Turn down the heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the lemon slices from the pan and transfer to a silicone lined baking sheet to cool and dry. They will be sticky. Use to garnish over Lemon Cupcakes or for decorating any lemon dish.


Check out the rest of the contributors to Liz’s shower.  It’s a great menu!




Main Dish


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  1. Hello, beautiful! These cupcakes are kemonlicious stunners!!!

  2. *lemonlicious

  3. Wow! Those lemon chips are amazing! 😀 What a show stopper. It was a pleasure bringing dessert with you to the shower, Nikki!

  4. Now I want lemon “chips” for breakfast! These are no kidding, absolutely gorgeous! I’m know Liz will love these!

  5. These are PERFECT, Nikki! And soooo pretty!

  6. These are BEYOND adorable!! What a genius was to incorporate lemon… I must make them! Great job!

  7. Umm lemon chips — need I say more! I want a whole bag of just those.

  8. I can’t believe you worked CHIPS into a dessert recipe!!! You are so amazing. I heart you and miss you. Come back. xoxoxooxx

  9. So cute and so creative. LOVE these; hope you are well darling! xoxooxx

  10. OMG! Nikki, these are freaking adorable!!

  11. What a thoughtful thing to make, with the chips and all. 😀 And those chips look SO neat! I’ve never heard of them.

    Good luck with your car situation! 🙂

  12. The lemon-themed shower you guys threw for Liz was so cute! 🙂 Your cupcakes look delicious – I love the lemon chips!

  13. Nikki, these are gorgeous! I love the candied lemon “chips.” They look like tiny little stained glass windows. What a sweet surprise for Liz!

  14. Those lemon chips are gorgeous!

  15. Pucker up! These look amazing.

  16. Oh my goodness – these are GORGEOUS! Love, love, love them!

  17. The cupcakes are gorgeous! LOVE the candied lemon chips!

  18. Lemon cupcakes are my favorite!! I love the candied lemon on top, so cute 🙂

  19. Can we eat the lemon chips too? Love them. Thanks!

  20. I noticed that the milk, lemon juice and zest are not included in the procedure. why is that? 🙂

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Wow! You’re right! I read it over and over just now and it definitely was missing! Just updated it to fix it. Thank you!

  21. Thanks for sharing the lemon chip recipe! I’m wondering how long they keep for/how far in advance can I make them? They’ll be used in the same way. I can’t wait to try them!

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