PEEPS! Lemon Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting Easter Dessert Recipe

Easter Lemon Cupcakes Peeps

PEEPS! Lemon Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting Easter Dessert Recipe

Happy first day of Spring! Weren’t we just celebrating New Years? It absolutely feels like spring here in Vegas this past week though. It’s been in the high 80’s and a few 90’s days too! Yep, I cranked on my air. I am so sorry for all of you still with snow (not really)

Ready or not… Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail, Hoppin’ Down The Bunny Trail, Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s On It’s way…. Everybody sing! Sorry, now that will be stuck in your head all day… (not really) This is Ethan’s last week of school before Easter break and tomorrow he’s got this big Easter parade / egg hunt thingy type party at school. And guess who’s making the cupcakes? Lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting decorated with… PEEPS! Of course! Yep, me. What says Easter and Spring better than yummy lemon cupcakes and PEEPS? I can’t think of anything else either. I wanted to keep it fairly simple because we’re making an orange cheesecake over on the other blog tomorrow! OMGLeeeee…. it’s going to be so good! We’re not sending that to school. That one’s saying home! But I also wanted something cute that the small fry’s will totally dig. I used a basic white cake recipe  and then adapted it to give it the lemon spin. Also used my never fail cream cheese frosting recipe, did up those sweet PEEPS and sprinkle decorations and…. the crowd goes wiiiiiiild. Ready to get your baking on? Let’s go!

Lemon Cupcakes Easter Peeps

Lemon Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Lemon Cupcakes

  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 3/4 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (not margarine!)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 TSP Lemon Extract (or fresh squeezed juice from 1 lemon)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 Cup Butter (softened)
  • 8 OZ Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Lemon Cupcakes


Preheat oven to 350* degrees and line muffin pan with cute little Easter paper liners. (go for the cute ones here!)
In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar and butter until well incorporated. Beat in the eggs (one at a time) then add the vanilla and lemon extract (or fresh squeezed juice). In separate large mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder (I just toss this real well by hand) add the creamed mixture to the larger bowl mix on medium speed until well blended. Slowly add the milk and continue mixing until batter is nice and smooth. (no lumps. lumps are yucky!) Fill muffin tins evenly with batter. (I use an ice cream scoop, it’s so much easier and way less messy!)
Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Ours were done closer to the 20 min mark but all ovens will vary. You can use the old ‘toothpick coming clean test’ to be sure they are done. Tops should be a nice golden brown. Remove cupcakes from muffin pan and set on cooling rack until completely cooled before frosting.

To make the super yummy frosting switch to the whisk attachment. Whip the butter and cream cheese on high speed for about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and slowly (really slowly or it will billow up all over the kitchen, HUGE mess!) add the powdered sugar. Mix until well incorporated. Add vanilla and mix that in well. Increase the speed (medium high) and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. I love light, fluffy frosting! Do a small taste test… just because it’s yummy. Also, totally cool to lick the whisk attachment here too. Why not, right?

Easter Lemon Cupcakes

Decorating Lemon Cupcakes With Sprinkles and PEEPS!

Frost lemon cupcakes in whatever way you’re comfortable. A knife, a spatula, nothing fancy, any method will be perfect! I found the easiest way to get the sprinkles on the cupcakes rather than all over the kitchen counter and floor is to pour them into a shallow pie dish and roll them. Don’t even attempt to ‘sprinkle’ them on. It takes longer and your kitchen will become a pastel sprinkled explosion zone. Set on cooling rack until all are nicely coated. Once all are coated grab 1 PEEP and with a knife add a dab of frosting on the bottom of each PEEP. Place securely on top of each of the cupcakes and Voila! Pretty lemon cupcakes with sprinkles and PEEPS!!!  Now isn’t that perfect to take to school, have at Easter Brunch… or Tuesday …. Because it’s Spring and you want to eat dessert?

Peeps Lemon Cupcakes

Got any special plans for Easter? Oh hey!! How’s the weather looking by you? Getting any warmer yet?


  1. My word….these look delicious – and I don’t even LIKE peeps! (also like your nails) 😉

  2. Those are so cute! My son loves peeps, and he adores cupcakes. He’ll go nuts for these!

  3. These are so stinkin’ cute!

  4. I may make these for the Easter Classroom party. Looks so good!!

    • Grandma Juice says

      All the kiddos at school loved them! Do it! Be the cool mom and earn some brownie points with the small frys!! 🙂

  5. Cute idea, looks like a lot of sugar though.

    • Grandma Juice says

      Totally admit that it is more sugar than we have on an average day for a ‘snack’… but, it’s a once a year deal…. And, why not? They are kids. They deserve a little happy time every now and then!

  6. Those look great. Can I ask why not margarine in the recipe? Its all I usually bake with.

    • Grandma Juice says

      For me, when I do the ‘from scratch’ recipe, I find real butter works better as well as tastes better. It’s just a personal choice mainly. They will absolutely work with margarine!!! I go with the ‘go big or go home’… method LOL… If I’m putting the time, energy and ‘UMPH’ into from scratch, I just go all out 🙂

  7. Great idea, lol…but I’d have to substitute spread and sweetener for my waist’s sake.

  8. These are adorable, I think my kids would really enjoy helping make them.

    • Grandma Juice says

      These are perfect for letting the kiddos help! I think anytime you can get a small person in the kitchen helping, GO FOR IT!!!

  9. Those are such cool cupcakes! And Dang I am loving your nails! Love them! lol.

  10. Those are so cute and look delicious. My sister loves Peeps. I like to make this for her as a surprise sometime.

  11. They are so cute! I am going to add a little lemon to your cream cheese frosting. YUM!

    • Grandma Juice says

      We had like a 10 minute discussion whether to do that or not!! LOL… DO IT!!!! 🙂

  12. Those look so yummy! I like your tip for putting sprinkles on them.

    • Grandma Juice says

      I learned that the hard way actually! A huge mess all over the floor and counter made me go… No way… It’s SO much easier and way less messy to roll them for 3.4 seconds!

  13. These look beyond delicious, and are so cute. Where did you find those sprinkles? wantwantwant <3

    • Grandma Juice says

      Walmart!! They had a huge display of Easter and Spring themed decorations. We totally stocked up!

  14. Peeps are a HUGE family favorite around here. It’s like they’ve never seen a sugar-covered marshmallow before! These are really, really cute marshmallow cupcakes! LOVE THEM!

  15. My kids would like these to look at, but they wouldn’t eat them. I would eat the peeps heads off and laugh myself silly. We’re not much for candy sprinkles but these are sooooo cute. And your nails are super cute too!

    • Grandma Juice says

      Mine got brought over to the school party. I don’t think we could have ever finished all of them ourselves. I totally chomp the heads off 1st… something about it is so wrong, yet so funny!

  16. Very cute & I love your nails!

  17. How cute and delicious looking!!

  18. these look so good, I would’ve never thought to use peeps as a deco. Love your nails btw!

  19. What a cute idea. I just made some Peep cupcakes too, but I used the bunnies.

  20. just wanted to let you know these are the featured recipe on Friday Food Frenzy, forgot to stop by yesterday to let you know.

  21. Very festive! I like that you chose lemon not chocolate! Yeah Spring!

  22. I’m a huge lemon fan AND I love Peeps too! So fun looking too. Thanks for linking them up at the Weekend Kitchen Party!


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