Lemon Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

These simple lemon cupcakes start with a white cake mix

and have fresh lemon juice and Greek yogurt mixed

to keep them moist and tart.  Top them off with a sinfully delicious

white chocolate buttercream frosting!

Lemon Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream


I have a little secret to share. Today is my birthday. I usually don’t go around advertising that fact, especially since I’m now officially in my 40’s. Turning 41 is not as exciting as turning 25, you know what I mean?

As a kid, I loved having a 4th of July birthday.  For several years, I truly believed all the fireworks were for me. Then I became less self-absorbed and realized what the holiday was really about. The other perfect thing about a summer birthday is you are home all day to enjoy it and not stuck at school!  No homework to finish right after cake and presents!  The downside to having a summer birthday and more specifically a 4th of July birthday is my friends were often out-of-town for the holiday. My parties were generally small and short. But they were always sweet.


Lemon Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

My mom always bought a cake from a local bakery.  I was so easy to please.   I always asked for a white cake with white frosting.  But the top of the cake had to be covered in frosting roses.  The bigger the rose, the better.   I was a normal kid when it came to eating my cake. I ate all the frosting and left the cake.

I can honestly say, I cannot remember my last bakery cake. There is absolutely nothing wrong with bakery cakes. I simply find I prefer the taste of homemade baked goods.  Since my expanding waistline keeps me from whipping up buttercream just to snack on, I look for any possible occasion to make cupcakes!  My birthday is the perfect occasion.

Lemon Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream


Since white cake is still my favorite, these tart little sweeties begin with a white cake mix, which I brighten with lemon pudding mix, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Greek yogurt keeps them tender, moist and tangy.  I love the full on citrus flavor of these cupcakes.    Lemon is the perfect base for the lusciously sweet buttercream flavored with smooth white chocolate.   I do believe I made myself some pretty fantastic cupcakes!

Lemon Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream


Here I am a whole year older and whole year wiser.   I think I’ve reached an age where I can eat as many cupcakes as I want.  After 41 years, I’ve earned it!



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Lemon Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream
  • 1 box white cake mix, 18.25 oz. I used Duncan Hines
For the cupcakes:
  • 2 box lemon pudding 3.5 oz ea
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, I used Chobani
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the frosting
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 10 oz white chocolate melted and cooled
  • ⅓ cup water
  1. For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pans with liners and set aside. In a bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mixes, eggs, oil, yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Beat on medium until batter combines and becomes thick and smooth. Using a large cookie scoop, fill each cupcake liner ⅔ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  2. For the buttercream, melt chocolate in microwave, stirring until smooth. Set aside and allow to cool. Meanwhile, beat together butter and shortening until creamy. Carefully add in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Stir in salt and vanilla until incorporated. Mix in water as needed to keep a spreadable consistency. Finally, beat in white chocolate until completely blended.
  3. When cupcakes have cooled, spread or pipe on frosting.
  4. Makes 30 cupcakes.


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48 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday Tonya! Hope you have a wonderful day. Once you get into your 40’s they are not so bad :) At least that is what I tell myself.

  2. Woohoo, Happy Birthday Tanya! You look great, cook amazing things, are a badass mama, and an awesome friend! You deserve a lemon cupcake or ten. I mean, this is ‘MERICA. We have the freedom to eat today! :)

    • You know how to charm an girl, thank you Hayley!

  3. Happy Birthday! I’ll be 41 in August…now we have to say we’re ‘over 40’…yikes! I just don’t know how that happened! P.S. – It’s your fault I HAD to make lemon curd yesterday :-)

    • Hey, our birthdays are close! I should send you some cupcakes! Lemon curd IS the best isn’t it?

  4. happy happy birthday you youngster you! these cupcakes look deeeelish! )

    • Thank you for calling me a youngster! Thank you Lisa!

  5. Happy Birthday!!! And from the look of these guys, you will be having a great day! I won’t be able to just stop at one :p

    • Thank you! And I totally couldn’t stop at one!

  6. ❤ Happy Birthday ❤
    I wish you all the best

    These cupcakes are really cute, and I looooooove the combination of white chocolate and lemon :)

  7. Happy Birthday again. I just wanted to tell you how gorgeous these photos are! Well done.

    • Thank you Nicole, that means a great deal to me!

  8. Your cupcakes should be nothing less than fantastic, especially on your bday!! Hope you had a fabulous day :) Wish I could have one of these cupcakes, badly!!

  9. Happy Birthday! Cupcakes look faaantastic.

  10. Goodness! These look so tasty – Happy Birthday! White cake with white icing (I preferred yellow for my roses) has always been my favorite and everyone in my family refers to it as my addiction to wedding cake! :)

    • Your wedding cake, that funny! You had to have yellow roses?? See I didn’t care what color as long as there were lots of them! Thanks Kelli!

  11. Happy Belated Birthday!! Hope it was a good one!
    Love white chocolate and lemon, these cupcakes sound perfect!

  12. juliemurkerson

    Oh yum, these look so good, Tanya! I LOVE lemon! Pinned and sharing on Facebook! Have a wonderful weekend and I hop you had a great birthday!

    • I love lemon too Julie! Thank you for sharing Julie!

  13. These look fantastic Tanya! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and ate several of these :)

    • I did have a wonderful birthday Julie and I DID eat several of these cupcakes!

  14. I’m the same way Tanya! The bigger the rose…the better! Hope you enjoyed your bday this year…I’m right behind you! (=

    • Wish we could celebrate together Gloria!

  15. I bet these cupcakes tasted wonderful, Tanya. You certainly did decorate them like a pro. THose lemon wedges make these cupcakes quite special. I hope you had a fantastic birthday, Tanya. Go ahead. Have another cupcake. :)

    • They were a very good birthday cupcake! I was very happy and I had wonderful birthday John!

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    • Wow, thank you! I will look into Foodienewz!

  17. Oooh, I love lemon, and these look delicious! If it makes you feel any better, I am still older than you :)

  18. OMGosh these look AMAZING!! And I know we talked about our July birthdays but if for some reason I didn’t say Happy Birthday on the 4th {because I am a little older than you and the third child took all of my brain cells} then a very very belated Happy Birthday my friend. :) I want these on MY birthday!! YUM! Pinning!! xoxo

  19. Happy belated birthday! These cupcakes look almost too good to eat…almost. 😉 I love using yogurt/sour cream too because it definitely does make a goodie so moist.

    • I cannot stress how light the yogurt made these cakes! Just amazing! Thanks Tina!

  20. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Great spin on the cupcakes. Love the lemon and white chocolate. You always make the best combos!

    • Thanks Meg for your very sweet comment!

  21. Oh for Pete’s sake: I missed this post AND your birthday! I’m so sorry! As a small, belated Happy Birthday, I’m going to share these gorgeous cupcakes all over the place :)


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