Fresh Rosemary & Lemon Cupcakes

This dessert receives a double dose of refreshing lemon in both the cake and the lemon glaze topping. This recipe also makes mini and jumbo cupcakes.

Fresh Rosemary and Lemon Cupcakes
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Bake Time:
22 mins
Total Time:
57 mins


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 ¾ cup cake flour

  • 2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon lemon extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • cup milk

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 Lemon Glaze (see recipe)


  1. Let butter and eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line fifteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. In medium bowl combine cake flour, rosemary, baking powder and salt; set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, lemon extract, and vanilla. Beat on medium-high for 2 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping bowl.

  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture; beat on low after each just until combined. Stir in the lemon peel and lemon juice.

  4. Spoon batter in prepared cups to three-fourths full. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. (Bake 36 mini cakes 15 to 18 minutes; 6 jumbo cakes 25 to 30 minutes.) Cool in muffin cups on rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

  5. Spoon Lemon Glaze on cupcakes. Let stand 10 minutes. Makes 6 jumbo cakes, 15 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes, or 36 mini cakes.

Lemon Glaze

In a small bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to reach spreading consistency (5 to 5 1/2 teaspoons). Stir in 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
7g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.3mg 7%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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