Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes

Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes

The Story:

My name is Lizzy and I bake cupcakes. That you know. But here’s something you may not know…

I melt into a puddle whenever a man with a pair of brown eyes even glances at me.  Brown eyes are just so cozy and warm that I forget how to talk and I tend to make a complete fool of myself whenever they’re around.   I’ve walked into doors, dropped bowls of food on myself, tripped and fallen on my face when a handsome 6’3” man with brown eyes looks my way.  And if he has brown hair to match?  Oh wow, don’t even get me started on the amount of men with that combo that think I’m a clutz, ditz and a fool.

I always tend to scoff at blonde-haired and blue-eyed boys who look more like they belong on a beach than in the library.  But you know what, sometimes (twice) it’s just that combo that stops me in my tracks and makes me rethink my whole brown-eye love.

Here’s to opposites attracting and taking a second look.[end-story]

Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes

Yield: 20-24 cupcakes

Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes


box devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil
3/4 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. plain yogurt or sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. mini chocolate chips, optional
Lemon Cream Frosting:
1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
zest of 2 lemons
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 C. powdered sugar, as needed


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, buttermilk, yogurt and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. Stir in cake mix.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
7. Frosting: Beat butter, cream cheese and lemon zest until smooth. Scrape down bowl as needed. Add lemon juice and vanilla extract and slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles or chocolates.
9. Go find blue-eyed boy who makes your heart melt and give him some cupcakes

Chocolate Lemon Cupcake

11 thoughts on “Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Emma says:

    oh wow, these look so yummy. i love chocolate and i love lemon so this is bound to be a delicious combo.

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    Yummy! These sound delicious! “Melt into a puddle” – so funny!

  3. 3
    Edith says:

    Your pictures are wonderful. I don’t even care about the ingredients, the pictures make me want to bake!

  4. 4
    marie says:

    This is going to be the cupcakes I make for Easter. I hope to find a cute little bunny to sit on top of the icing.

  5. 5
    kristen says:

    Just wanted to tell you that I made these cupcakes for my husband’s birthday last year, and he loved them so much he remembered and requested them again this year! So we’ve now celebrated two years in a row with Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes and I feel like this might become a new tradition. They are DELICIOUS – awesome recipe! 🙂

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    Haley McLean says:

    Could I use almond or coconut milk instead of buttermilk?

    • 7.1
      Amber Donovan says:

      If you’re trying to make this recipe dairy free you can replace the buttermilk with a mixture of soya milk and fresh lemon juice. It’s one tbsp lemon per cup of soya milk. You have to leave the mixture to stand for a bit so that it curdles to create the consistency of buttermilk.

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    Cari J. says:

    My 14-year-old daughter requested chocolate cupcakes with lemon frosting and this recipe was PERFECT! She was absolutely thrilled with the cupcakes and they tasted FABULOUS! Thank you!

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