Hi guys!

It’s pretty much spring now, and we can all shift our baking towards lighter, brighter things. Wait, is that not how you identify seasons? Just me? Cool.

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We’re just over here trying to finish up a nursery space for this baby that seems to keep getting bigger, and I’m gonna keep on baking along as long as I can!

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That includes these pretty cupcakes that are fresh and flavorful and just the right texture. I know I say this a lot, but these are definitely one of my favorite cupcakes- they taste AMAZING you guys. And as usual, I’ve kept the recipe simple and easy.

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The cupcake base has lemon three ways, and the result is a tart, truly lemon-tasting cake. Using cake flour and all purpose flour gives us a soft, tender crumb, plus a cupcake that is sturdy enough to hold a mountain of frosting.

The frosting uses mainly raspberry preserves to flavor it- the texture holds up better this way, and your grocery store will always have jam, even when fresh raspberries aren’t in season. I tossed in a handful of fresh raspberries to give it a richer, brighter color also.

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Can I just say, recipes that make just 12 cupcakes are the best. When you make them from a box, you get 24, and sometimes that is just too much for a random Wednesday night. And on the other hand, sometimes you’re feeding a crowd, and recipes of 12 are easy to multiply.

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Well anyways, happy Spring, and happy cupcake baking to all of you!

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes | High Altitude Cupcakes
4 from 2 votes

Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

Servings 12 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

For the frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbs. lemon zest
  • 5-6 fresh raspberries (optional)


For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners of your choice.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, lemon extract, lemon zest, and sour cream until combined.

  3. Add in the cake flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together until a thick batter just starts to come together, and then add the lemon juice. Beat until smooth. 

  4. Scoop your batter evenly into your 12 muffin tins, or into 11 cups if you want a fuller cupcake. 

  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting! 

For the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth. 

  2. Add in the salt, raspberry preserves, cream, lemon zest, and fresh raspberries, and beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar or cream to achieve your desired consistency. 

  3. Frost cupcakes as desired. Enjoy! 

Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes


  1. Lindsey

    August 27, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Are all the recipes on your blog ready-to-go for high altitude baking, or is that only your "high altitude baking" tab? These cupcakes sound heavenly, but I want to make sure I don't need to make any adjustments before I dive into your blog "Julie & Julia" style.

    • Dough-Eyed

      August 27, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Lindsey! Yes, everything on here is ready for high-altitude baking as I live in Denver so I'm always at altitude. I have that tab mostly for the recipes that I find most difficult at altitude, and for tips! Hope that is helpful!

      • Kathleen

        May 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm

        3 stars
        I'm in Littleton, CO and the flavor was good but they were a bit dense or heavy in texture. I followed the recipe and no modifications should be required for altitude. Any suggestions?

        • Dough-Eyed

          May 17, 2020 at 2:01 pm

          Hi there! Hmm, I would try to reduce the lemon juice by a tablespoon here. I would also suggest trying another mixing method- you can actually put all the cake ingredients into the bowl at once and mix- this recipe is heavily affected by over mixing, and that helps to ensure its not over mixed. I know that's an odd mixing method, but it works for this recipe. I hope that helps!!

  2. Michele

    May 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Nicole! You are my hero! I love baking with you. I live in Denver and share your baking challenges. I made these cupcakes for my family last night. They were perfect. Excellent crumb, flavor and moisture. I only made 1/2 of the frosting which was the perfect amount. Thanks for sharing your talent.

    • Dough-Eyed

      May 5, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks so much for all the kind words, and I'm so glad they turned out great for you!!

  3. Cat

    June 11, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Nicole! I want to try these as mini cupcakes, how long should I bake them? I was thinking 8-10 minutes.

    • Dough-Eyed

      June 13, 2021 at 7:16 am

      Hi there- you can start with that time yes and then check them. I haven't done this recipe as minis, but you basically just want to start at about half the bake time and then just have a look and use a toothpick to check doneness!

  4. Cat

    June 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    5 stars
    I took them out at 11 minutes and they turned out perfectly! So moist and airy. I loved the lemon and raspberry buttercream, a great flavor.

    • Dough-Eyed

      July 3, 2021 at 8:52 am

      Glad to hear they worked out!! Yum!


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