Lemon Cupcakes

Close up of cupcakes being frosted
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
266 Calories
10g Fat
43g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 cupcakes (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 266
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 366mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g
Calcium 115mg 9%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There is just something about lemon cake desserts that make people smile, and these cupcakes are no exception as they are both fun and elegant at the same time. Once cool, top the cupcakes with dairy-free frosting of your choice.

Makes 12 large cupcakes


  • 1 cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup/1 1/2 sticks soy margarine (such as willow run)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 4 large eggs

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the soymilk and lemon juice and set aside.

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.

  3. In another bowl, using an electric hand mixer at a medium speed setting, cream together the soy margarine and sugar until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs and applesauce and beat until incorporated. Switch down the speed to low and add in half of the dry ingredients, beating until combined, followed by the soymilk mixture. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake cups and bake about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.