Moist & Fluffy Lemon Cupcakes made with Healthy Greek Yogurt, topped with a Tangy Cream Cheese Frosting.  These Little Treats are so Cheerful and Bright, they’re a Perfect Spring Dessert!  Easy One Bowl Recipe.

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Last week was glorious.

Did you get a little taste of Spring?  We did.  And we soaked up every second of it.

It wasn’t a full on, bust out your strappy sandals Spring, but it was a, hey, lets shove the last of the slush off the sidewalk and go for a bike ride with just a fleece on kinda Spring.  I’ll take it!

Even though it was still pretty chilly, the sun was shining and the birds were singing.  It felt so good and made me think of Easter and all the lemony things.

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I’ve been craving lemony things.  Light, tangy, lemony things.  With a fluffy swirl of something on top.


It was also my little guy’s birthday last week.  I took this photo yesterday:


… and then I must have blinked my eyes or something, and somehow this happened:



So I wanted him to have some cupcakes to take to his preschool friends, and chocolate is not allowed at the preschool.  Vanilla is perfectly nice but like I told you, lemony things.  So these little babies were born.

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Aren’t they so cute?  I garnished a few of them with candy daisies and leaves.  (They are called “Icing Decorations,” and they’re made by Wilton.  Sorry I can’t find a link anywhere!  I found them at Michaels.  Same goes for the papers.)

And Spring has sprung!

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Mini cupcakes are so perfect for preschoolers.  I mean, a full-sized cupcake is no sweat for a grownup or a bigger kid to handle, but the littlest ones do sometimes have a hard time managing them.  The mini size is just right for tiny hands and mouths.  I figure on two mini cupcakes per child.

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But this recipe works equally well with standard size cupcakes.  They bake up so puffy and fluffy, because of the acidity in the yogurt + baking soda.  If you have trouble finding Greek yogurt, you can substitute regular (plain) yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk.  Any of these will really yield a moist and flavorful cake.

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Lemon Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
49 mins

Moist & fluffy lemon cupcakes made with healthy Greek yogurt, topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting. These little treats are so cheerful and bright, they're a perfect spring dessert! Easy one-bowl recipe.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon Greek yogurt cupcakes
Servings: 36
Calories: 92 kcal
For the Cupcakes
For the Frosting
For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a mini cupcake pan with papers.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
  3. Add the softened butter and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition.
  5. Add the yogurt, vanilla, and lemon juice, mix for 30 seconds, and scrape the bowl again. Mix for another minute.
  6. Fill the cupcake liners about ½ to ⅔ full. (Be careful not to overfill, the cupcakes will puff up a lot as they bake.)

  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the mini cupcakes are springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with one or two moist crumbs. (Regular sized cupcakes will need about 18-20 minutes bake time.)

  8. Cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:
  1. Mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together on medium speed, using the paddle attachment.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract, and switch to the whip attachment.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the cold cream, while whipping on high speed. (The frosting may look a little loose in the bowl, but it actually holds its shape well when piped.)

Recipe Notes

For more info on the frosting, click here: Whipped Cream Frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 167IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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You are going to love how fluffy these cupcakes bake up.  They are bursting with lemon sunshine, soft and moist, but not too delicate to hold up to generous swirl of tangy cream cheese frosting.  Speaking of which, my search for the ultimate cream cheese frosting continues.  For my Hummingbird Cake, I used a variation on this recipe.  It’s great if you like a less heavy option.  Then I have this one, from when I made Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies.  Also a good one; it holds its shape well when piped.  But neither of these are as stiff as I’d like.  They seem loose in the mixing bowl, however, once they are piped they do hold up well.  A reader clued me in to this recipe, and I’m anxious to try it next time!  I’ll keep you posted 😉

For now, I hope you all are enjoying the beginning stages of Spring!  It’s taking its time getting here but I’m so happy we’re headed in the right direction!  xoxo 😀

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