A Little Sunshine – Triple Citrus Cupcakes

These cupcakes will bring a little extra sunshine to your day…


I was asked to make some cupcakes (and a cake!)  for a jewelry party my friend is hosting next weekend!  She said that I could make any flavors I wanted, so free reign on the cupcake flavors… Yay!   One of the flavors I want to make for the event is a really citrusy cupcake, something with just the right balance of tartness and sweetness.


It also had to be really good and moist cake!  I feel very strongly that cupcakes are just smaller cakes and should be just as good as their larger counterparts!  This recipe should be familiar, I decided to try cutting my Meme’s Sour Cream Pound cake in thirds and add lots of zest, a light citrus glaze to the top of each cupcake and top them with a citrus whipped buttercream frosting with more zest and juice and a little cream for added richness!  One word sums this citrus packed cupcake… YUM!

citrus collage

Not a lot more to say, except to urge you to go and make these and bring a little citrus sunshine into your life!

Triple Citrus Cupcakescitrus cupcake eaten
Makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/3 cup softened unsalted butter
scant 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup whole milk sour cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Fill cupcake pan with 12 liners
  • Sift flour, salt and baking soda together.
  • Add zest to sugar and rub zest into sugar.
  • In bowl bowl of mixer, cream butter and zest sugar until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add eggs to creamed mixture one at a time beating well after each addition
  • Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternately with sour cream.
  • Add vanilla extract and mix just until incorporated.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from pan after 5 minutes and cool on cooling rack.

Citrus glaze

1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1/2 tbsp lemon and 1/2 tbsp lime juice
2-3 tablespoons confectioner sugar

  • Mix to combine until a smooth consistency is reached.

Triple Citrus Buttercream

10 tablespoons softened butter
2-3 cups confectioner sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons half and half
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest

  • In stand mixer, mix softened butter until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes
  • Add all confectioner sugar, half and half, lemon juice and extract and mix on medium for about 6 minutes.
  • Add zest and mix for 3 minutes more.


  • After cupcakes have cooled, dip each cupcake in the glaze and let dry.
  • Top with buttercream, I used a 2D piping tip to make the swirl in the picture.

11 thoughts on “A Little Sunshine – Triple Citrus Cupcakes

  1. A, your buttercream looks so fluffy, white, and perfect – I thought it was whipped cream! Beautiful, and I’ve no doubt the taste is out of this world! 🙂

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  4. Was going to try this recipe today. Did you leave the eggs out of the ingredients list for the cupcake batter? You say “add eggs to creamed mixture one at a time” but you didn’t list the number of eggs in the ingredients. I’m going to assume two?

    Thanks for posting this recipe.

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