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Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

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Lemon cupcakes are an easy summer dessert perfect for potlucks and picnics.  I topped the lemon cupcakes with a blackberry frosting that is a cinch to pull together by adding blackberry preserves to a basic butter cream frosting.

Awesome Lemon Cupcakes

One of my favorite flavors for spring and summer is lemon. Maybe it’s the yellow for the sun or the tart and sweet flavor all at once, but lemon takes me to a spring day anytime I taste it.

A few years ago I became obsessed with pairing lemon and blackberry flavors together. First I tried lemon and blackberry napoleons, which are quick and easy using pre-made puff pastry.  I had the jar of blackberry jam sitting in my fridge and I had to try something else so I decided on cupcakes. Lemon cupcakes  are perfect for a baby or bridal shower or a Mother’s Day tea.

Young Living Lemon Essential Oils

Instead of using lemon rind to flavor the cupcakes, I used Young Living Lemon Oil. Why use lemon oil instead of just the rind of a lemon and lemon juice?The lemon essential oil is made exclusively from the rinds of the lemon which is the most nutrient dense. The oil is 68% d’limonene which is a powerful antioxidant. Basically the oil supplies more bang for your buck in regards to the nutrients. Plus it’s a lot less work to use the oil.

Not all essential oils are edible. Due to lack of purity, 98% of essential oils sold should NOT be ingested. An edible essential oil will be labeled “therapeutic-grade” and have a “Supplement Facts” box on the label showing the nutritional value – do NOT use just any brand of essential oil for cooking/flavoring foods. Be sure to use pure oils from reliable sources, not synthetic scents or flavorings.

Lemon Cupcake Batter

This is a basic vanilla cupcake batter that I added lemon oil to. You can really add any flavor oil that you want to this basic cupcake batter. I used it to make some amazing lavender cupcakes with orange frosting!

Lemon cupcake batter in cupcake liners

Someday I will figure out how to properly fill cupcake liners so that all the cupcakes bake up exactly the same. I used some smaller self-contained cupcake liners this time and it was a mess.  Thankfully, the blackberry frosting hid the imperfections.

Lemon Cupcakes with essential oils

I used a Wilton #1M tip to pipe on the frosting. I bought a cupcake decorating kit a few years ago and I love it! It has all the tips needed to make pretty cupcakes in one place. I just use the disposable bags because it’s less clean up.

The frosting is just a basic butter cream with blackberry jam added in.  I bought a blackberry “spread” this time and there were seeds in it but I like the the darker flecks they added to the frosting.  There are seedless blackberry jams available if you don’t want little seeds in your cupcakes, though.

I added the blackberries to the tops so people would have an idea of what flavor the cupcakes were. I used half butter and half palm shortening in the butter cream so it’d stand up to the berry.  You can use all butter if you prefer that taste and texture.
Gourmet Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

I love these lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting are for bridal or baby showers and Mother’s Day teas or brunches. The cupcakes hold up pretty well in an airtight container or you can freeze them.  Pipe on the frosting the day before serving for a delicious cupcake treat.

Yield: 18

Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3-4 drops of Young Living Lemon Oil or the zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • For the Blackberry Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup seedless blackberry jam


  1. To make cupcakes:
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream butter and sugar together.
  3. Add 1 egg and beat until incorporated. Add 2nd egg and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add milk, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix to combine.
  6. Fill paper lined muffin tins to 2/3 full with batter.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. To make the frosting:
  10. Cream butter in a mixing bowl with salt and vanilla.
  11. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting begins to form.
  12. Add blackberry jam and mix until thoroughly combined.
  13. Frost cupcakes.

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  • Cana
    March 21, 2021

    I’ve tried 4 lemon cupcakes in the last 2 days and I’m happy to tell you that your’s was the winner – and it wasn’t even close! I’m getting ready to make it again and noticed there’s no salt to go with that baking powder. Was it a happy accident that I didn’t have an issue, an omission in the recipe, or was the salt in the butter enough? Thank you for a lemony, perfectly-textured cupcake.

    • Camille Gabel
      April 9, 2021

      Salt would be up to you! I generally don’t worry about it too much because of the salted butter. But a pinch of it never hurts.

  • Miz Helen
    May 23, 2017

    I love the addition of the oil to the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday, I really appreciate you sharing with us!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • I love cupcakes! These look so yummy and refreshing for summer. Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Link Party!

  • Charlene Asay
    May 18, 2017

    These look amazing! Yum!

  • Sandy Sandmeyer
    May 16, 2017

    What a great oily recipe, Camille! Young Living has amazing products. I loved your recipe so much that you’re my choice for Featured Blogger at the Over the Moon Link Party. Come back between Sunday evening and Thursday evening to grab your Featured Blogger button. Congratulations!

  • Amanda
    May 16, 2017

    I’ve always been interested in essential oils & now that I see you can bake with them, I want to know even more now! Thank you for joining The Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesday linky party – I can’t wait to see what you share next week!

  • Crystal
    May 14, 2017

    I love lemon flavored desserts in the summer too. These sound amazing with the blackberry frosting. Yum! I am pinning now for later. Thank you!

  • Jamie
    April 22, 2016

    Those look amazing! Pinning to try one day soon! 🙂

  • Leigh
    April 19, 2016

    These cupcakes look so pretty and yummy! They just spell Spring!

  • Lou Lou Girls
    April 18, 2016

    Hello gorgeous! Just stopping by to let you know that your incredible lemon cupcakes will be featured at our party tonight. Woo Hoo! Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight. Lou Lou Girls

  • sahana
    April 17, 2016

    Such an unique recipe. I have never seen a recipe that uses essential oil.Sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

  • Helen
    April 15, 2016

    What a perfect flavor combination! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up!

  • Allison Bessett
    April 15, 2016

    Ooh, anything with lemon is amazing! I usually only add lemon peel and juice to my recipes. Essential oil is a great idea! 🙂

  • Audrey
    April 14, 2016

    What a lovely spring flavor combination. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays.

  • Valerie
    April 12, 2016

    The lemon sounds great and they look delicious!

  • Sarah
    April 12, 2016

    Looks great! I love those wrappers too 🙂

    • Camille
      April 12, 2016

      Thank you! I got those at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods last year. They are on the small side, but pretty cute.

  • Joanne
    March 8, 2015

    Hi Camille! I am loving this blackberry frosting, and the cute cupcake liners!

    • Camille
      March 8, 2015

      Thanks, Joanne! I found the liners at HomeGoods.

  • Jessica
    March 6, 2015

    Ummm..yum! What a perfect combination! Going to have to give these a try!

    • Camille
      March 6, 2015

      Thanks, Jessica! It’s my favorite flavor combination for spring and summer.

  • Rachel
    March 6, 2015

    These cupcakes are the cutest! And the sound delish, too!

    • Camille
      March 6, 2015

      Thanks, Rachel! I’m getting so much better at decorating cupcakes. 🙂

  • Karly
    April 12, 2014

    So delicious! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • Miz Helen
    April 12, 2014

    Hi Camille,
    These sure are great looking cupcakes! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today, it is great to have you at the party. Hope you have a very special week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Amber
    April 11, 2014

    This is like the perfect combination! That frosting looks rockin!

  • Jill
    April 11, 2014

    These look and sound so good! I love that the cupcakes are from scratch AND that the frosting uses jam. I’ve tried straining out seeds from raspberries and blackberries and it is a PAIN. So this is a much better way to flavor.
    Pinning to try! Found you over at Kitchen Fun link party.

    • Camille
      April 11, 2014

      Hi Jill! Thanks for stopping by. I know – I need to play with jam in frosting more! Makes it so easy.

  • Hanna Woeking
    April 8, 2014

    I love lemons. I love blackberries. I think I may just be in love! All I have to say is I will be attempting this. very soon!!

    • Camille
      April 11, 2014

      Thanks, Hanna! They are very delicious!

  • cathy
    April 8, 2014

    I love the blackberry frosting! and combined with the fresh, citrus lemon cupcake! This is perfect! I am pinning this perfect cupcake that I found at the Tuesday talent show!

    • Camille
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Cathy! I absolutely love the combination!

  • Anne
    April 7, 2014

    My mouth is watering just reading the title! I can’t wait to try them. I’m glad I found your link through the Time to Sparkle link party!

    • Camille
      April 8, 2014

      I’m glad you found me, too, Anne!

  • Carrie This Home
    April 6, 2014

    These look awesome! The thought of the lemon flavors mixing with the blackberry frosting is almost making me drool! I would love it if you’d link this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop, if you don’t mind! I would love to see this at the party!

    • Camille
      April 7, 2014

      Thanks for the invitation Carrie!

  • Christina
    April 3, 2014

    Wow, I’m loving these flavor combinations! Lemon is my favorite food item this time of the year! I’m pinning to my lemon board! 🙂

  • This post is being featured on my Lemon Love 50 recipe round up. Thanks for previously linking it to my Tasty Thursdays party. Enjoy!! Nichi

  • Karly
    June 23, 2013

    Love the lemon and blackberry combo! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • Susan
    June 23, 2013

    Yummy, you had me at blackberry frosting! And the lemon keeper cupcake holders are adorable. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  • Miz Helen
    June 22, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Taylor
    June 19, 2013

    These look really good! I just love cupcakes and the keepers are super cute!

  • Stephanie Pass
    June 19, 2013

    Those look so good! I don’t think I’ve met a cupcake I didn’t like. And blackberry and lemon together just sounds delicious! Definitely pinning these for future use!

  • Theresa
    June 18, 2013

    Oh my these sound so good! Thanks for dropping by & linking up your tie dye! I’m saving this recipe to try!

  • deborah
    June 17, 2013

    The cupcakes sound delicious! And I love the idea of the keepers. They would not get lost nearly as easily as a bag does!

  • The Ninja Baker
    June 16, 2013

    Thank you for the promo code for the very valuable citrus keepers. And thank you for this scrumptious recipe, Camille =)

  • Deanna
    June 16, 2013

    This great! I am going to showcase this on my Facebook page you are welcome anytime to post your photo and post links on it!

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