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Lemon Raspberry Cupcake Recipe

Delicious lemon cupcakes topped with a fresh raspberry buttercream frosting. The easiest lemon cupcakes from cake mix that are perfect for spring and summer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cupcakes from cake mix, lemon cupcakes with raspberry frosting, lemon raspberry cupcakes
Servings: 20
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


Lemon cupcakes:

  • 15 ounce box lemon cake mix
  • 3.4 ounce box instant lemon pudding (dry)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Zest from 1 lemon

Raspberry frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar (reserve 1/2 cup for the end)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries


To make cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line cupcake liners in 2 muffin tins.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and dry pudding mix. Next mix in the eggs, canola oil and hot water. Then stir in the sour cream and lemon zest.
  • Pour batter into the cupcake liners, about 3/4 the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when touched. Do not over cook. You can also test with a tooth pick to make sure the centers are cooked all the way through.
  • Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack.

To make frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and vanilla with an electric mixer, until nice and fluffy. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar, saving the last 1/2 cup for the end. Add in the fresh raspberries and mix until combined. Then slowly add the last 1/2 cup powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Once cupcakes have cooled, frost the tops with the raspberry frosting. Add a fresh raspberry on top for garnish!


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Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 0.6mg