Sweet tart Meyer lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream taste like a breath of fresh, warm air on a cold winter day.
meyer lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream

Is baby fever contagious? Because…..I think I might have given it to my husband.



The first thing you should know is that I live in a constant state of baby fever.

It doesn’t help that my friends have the cutest, most giggly adorable children. I mean, if they were all crying brats, I might think twice about it.

But instead they’re pretty much perfect and I’m all baby-wanting, all day long. It’s bad.

Normally, the.boy is the rational one who tries to talk me down from my manic infant-obsessed episodes by screaming things like “WE HAVE NO MONEY” in my face. It’s effective.


Then, I took him to Disney World.

And all it took was three toddler Elsas, two five-year-old Snow Whites, and a not-so-terrible-twos Buzz Lightyear for him to declare, “I WANT ONE” at the top of his lungs on the monorail.

If I had known this would happen, we would have gone, like, three years ago. On our second date.

Not joking.


I’m pretty sure he still thinks we’re not really ready, but still – PROGRESS.

Celebration cupcakes to herald this momentous occasion?!? I vote YES.


These are not just any cupcakes. Light and lemony on the inside, rich and raspberry buttercream-y on the outside, they’re the ultimate in sweet-tart and the perfect way to brighten up a cold, dreary day.

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
Sweet tart Meyer lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream taste like a breath of fresh, warm air on a cold winter day.
Yield: 15 cupcakes
For the cupcakes
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp Meyer lemon juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp Meyer lemon zest
For the buttercream
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup raspberry jam
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line cupcake tins with 15 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, mixing until just blended.
  4. Add in the vanilla, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and milk. Mix for 30 seconds on low. Slowly pour in the dry ingredients and the lemon zest. Mix until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter among the prepared cupcake liners, only filling them until they are about ¾ full. Bake until the tops are just dry to the touch, about 18-20 minutes. While the cupcakes are still warm, brush with the remaining lemon juice. Allow to cool completely.
  6. For the buttercream, cream together the butter, vanilla, and jam in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mixing until fully incorporated.
  7. With the mixer on low, add in the sugar 1 cup at a time. Drizzle in milk if frosting becomes too thick. Mix the buttercream on high for 1-2 minutes. Pipe the buttercream onto the cooled cupcakes as desired.
Adapted slightly from I Am Baker
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake

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58 Responses to Meyer Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

  1. Yaaay lemon cupcakes with raspberries!!! Please, just tell me that winter is almost over!
    And about your baby obsession… don´t think too much about it, just do it 😛
    I´ve planned for years when the perfect time for having children would be and this day never came. Now we have a baby boy and it´s just the best thing it could happen to us. All the worries are gone and love is everything that they need 🙂

  2. I just love these pretty light and fluffy cupcakes! And ah baby fever… I have a baby and I still have it:-)

  3. I feel ya. Looking at my friends’ babies makes me want 50!
    High five for the progress made – keep us updated. 😉
    These cupcakes are gorgeous, I want 50 of them too!

  4. Zainab says:

    What? Disney was all I needed? I was on baby fever for two years and always the stupid rational …we have no money and you are a student excuses. He finally gave up but was not easy! I want to celebrate with these cupcakes too!! Meyer lemons are still taking over my fridge!!

  5. Joanne, I LOVE these cupcakes!!! and I love that you want to have babies!!! 😛 and you know what? you’re never going to be ready. . and when it finally happens, your instincts will just kick in. Tell the.boy that. But here’s my advice for you newlyweds .. enjoy your marriage, kid-free, for a couple of years at least .. and then you guys can go to funky-town like every night to make one. 😛 (parenthood)

  6. I don’t know if I like the cupcakes themselves or the buttercream better! What a beauty!

  7. Lynn says:

    I don’t have any children, but did want them – the moral of this story is: don’t wait TOO long. Sounds as if you won’t though – since you both kind of have the fever.

    I wish I had one of those cupcakes right now! 🙂

  8. Lori R. says:

    These cupcakes are perfect for the celebration! I can’t get enough of a raspberry/Meyer lemon combo. So pretty too!

  9. Perfect bit of spring in the midst of freezing cold weather! Love these!

  10. Heather says:

    Holy yum. My favorite flavor combo! Baby fever is the best… and the worst. It’s the worst when you’re not sure if the time is right (is it ever really, though?), but also the best when you decide to just go for it and throw all caution to the wind. 😉

  11. These cupcakes look so adorable! I love that creamy raspberry frosting.

  12. Kelly says:

    Yay for progress and baby fever:) These gorgeous cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate! I love the meyer lemon and raspberry combo!

  13. sandra says:

    Yes – ditto what others have said – you don’t need money. What you need is to want them. If he was not ready then he was not ready regardless of money – but now he IS ready I say grab the bull by the horns (figuratively speaking).

  14. sandra says:

    And if you’ve got a bunch of friends six months or more ahead of you, you will have no need to buy any clothes. I bought only a very few things in the 5 years of my son’s life – and he is always well clothed – in fact we have too much clothes for him. He wears maybe three outfits and then grows out of them. There are few items he has worn holes in, he just doesn’t fit into anything long enough – even when he’s rolling around the playground and splashing in the mud.

  15. Julia says:

    You’re more than welcome to incubate my fair share of kidlets, as this girl’s fever is about as hot as Antarctica 😉 These cupcakes make my taste buds do a mondo happy dance! Have a great weekend, sista!

  16. Pam says:

    I vote yes too! The cupcakes look pretty, moist, and so tasty.

    I remember having baby fever! Such a fun time in your life. Having kids is the best thing I’ve ever done. You will be a great mama!

  17. What a great moment to celebrate! And, these cupcakes are perfect for celebrating. The pretty pink frosting makes them ready for a party!

  18. Now I am thinking of all the things I can put this buttercream on. It is a bright and sunny day here today, so these would fit in to my day perfectly.

  19. Hahaha “And all it took was three toddler Elsas, two five-year-old Snow Whites, and a not-so-terrible-twos Buzz Lightyear for him to declare, “I WANT ONE” at the top of his lungs on the monorail. If I had known this would happen, we would have gone, like, three years ago. On our second date.” That was just too funny!
    Heck yeah – lemony cupcakes with raspberry buttercream are the perfect way to celebrate – cannot wait to see what you make when you make THE announcement one day!

  20. Meg says:

    Totally understand on the baby fever front . . . for obvious reasons. 🙂 These cupcakes look fantastic! I’m totally in the mood to bake, but have no ingredients in the house. It’s a problem.

  21. I would celebrate any occasion with cupcakes. But yay progress on the baby front! 🙂

  22. Meyer Lemon and raspberry, HELL YEAH! Love these!

  23. Yay for progress! I hope the process is easy for you guys! Be sure to keep up updated! These cupcakes are perfect in every way. I mean, meyer lemons are awesome as it is. So meyer lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream is what cupcake heaven must be like!

  24. Miss your blog, need to stay up to date more often. these cupcakes are incredible girl!!!!

  25. Sippitysup says:

    Everything about babies scares me. Maybe that’s why they are so universally alluring. GREG

  26. Beth says:

    I love everything about those cupcakes. Wow. And way to go with the Disney World visit!

  27. I truly believe you knew I was stopping by your blog today and decided to make me these cupcakes lol. These are the prettiest cupcakes, I love them. I’m not sure I would want to eat them if I make these lol. Sounds crazy right?

  28. Oh, these are very cute and would be perfect for a baby shower. I have never had or wanted children and now I am well past it – without regrets!

  29. Haha I am so the opposite although after my two nephews from my brother I have warmed up to the idea slightly. But I’ll gladly enjoy these cupcakes.

  30. Yum Lemon and raspberry ? What could be better!’ I know what I will be making this weekend – thanks Joanne for the recipe !!

  31. Nicola says:

    These cupcakes look delicious. And sometimes I have baby fever but then I get really selfish and think BUT then I may not have time to make cupcakes! Priorities?

  32. Mary says:

    Oh how exciting – just keep feeding him these outrageously lovely cupcakes and he’ll come round. Honestly, there’s NEVER a perfect time – I adore these cupcakes – I’d eat all of them if I made them – probably will – gorgeous!

  33. These have just GOT to be the cutest, most romantic-looking cupcakes I’ve seen in a very long time, if for ever. So perfect for ‘the occasion’, Joanne!
    Seems like you scored … it certainly isn’t easy to get them ‘to that place’ sometimes!! 😉

  34. mira says:

    These cupcakes look beautiful! Love sweet Meyer lemons! Yeah baby obsession, I feel like I’m gonna get it soon, too with all my friends’ babies around me 🙂

  35. These are beautiful!!! I am so proud if Hugo was able to help with the baby fever at all!!!! xoxox

  36. Krista says:

    These things MUST be celebrated. 🙂 My hubs and I have similar discussions over pigs, rather than children. I want them yesterday, he says we’re not ready. We’re both right. 🙂

  37. How funny about the Disney world effect. I can imagine all your clucky readers planning trips with their partners now 😉

    These look delicious, and perfect for spring!

  38. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, that raspberry buttercream looks amazing!

  39. Agness says:

    Oh, no! They look absolutely yummy, yummy. You are the best baker!

  40. Hotly Spiced says:

    One of these days I’ll have an opportunity to not only see but taste a meyer lemon. Never seen them in these parts. I do love your pretty cupcakes and they look perfect for a baby shower xx

  41. Roz says:

    Holy Cow, I’m in cupcake heaven in this post, Joanne! Baby fever? Well, if Nonna-Baby Fever counts, I’m with you. It’s a joy and I love it! Thank you for creating a cupcake recipe with my two favorite sweet flavors: lemon and raspberry! Pinned! Hello from the Virgin Islands on Spring Break!

  42. Betty says:

    I bet these taste like summer, and I need some of that right now! 🙂

  43. Baby fever passed me by but I would not let these cupcakes do the same 🙂

  44. BABIES! My mom, upon realizing that I’ll be off to college this fall, has developed a baby fever of her own. She’s totally going to volunteer at hospitals as a baby-holder (where you hold newborn babies in between tests and before they go home with parents… I know, right? Great job!). That last cupcake shot is making me drool. These look beyond delicious 🙂

  45. Lemony cupcakes with raspberry cupcakes to celebrate baby fever sounds pretty perfect to me!

  46. Caitlin says:

    best combo! yum. I just found out two friends are pregnant and two friends are about to pop. It’s actually making me freak out that it’s happening too soon, but i’m glad someone else is excited!

  47. If you need a new voice of reason I can totally be your girl. I am immune to baby fever. Even if I go to Disney. I am not immune to devouring multiple cupcakes a time, especially if they are as gorgeous as yours.

  48. Sarah says:

    These are adorable and look perfect for an Easter dessert table. Since I don’t use whole milk often, can I substitute almond milk or low fat (cow’s) milk for the whole?

  49. Eileen says:

    Lemon and raspberry makes me think of spring! So fresh and tasty. Do you think these would be even better with a raspberry jam filling? MAYBE!

  50. Hooray for baby fever, Joanne!!

    These cupcakes look so delicious. I love lemon and raspberry together – especially in cupcake form. 🙂

  51. Disneyland can make dirt taste good. Seriously. Babies don’t cry there! I can’t wait for you to start reproducing. Tick tock! Also? THESE CUPCAKES. Dude. Loooooooove.

  52. grace says:

    progress is good–i’m excited for you! these cupcakes are stunning–perfectly cakey and colorful and flavorful. bravo!

  53. Kate says:

    See it’s funny, with all the toddler tantrums at Disney – the crying, the overtired stomps, the screaming, the strollers, I would think it would work as birth control!

  54. Lemon and raspberry the perfect combination. Babies are so cute, but remember they are a lot of work too.

  55. As the mother of two little ones, I can confirm they are the best thing that ever happened to us, and that is even when they are not giggly and adorable… which happens more than I care to admit ;o)
    Perfect cupcakes to celebrate

  56. Johanna GGG says:

    Those cupcakes look perfect for a kids party (but be warned that a friend of mine made cupcakes for her kid to take to class on her birthday and she worried that the lemon ones would be too tangy for the kids, and her husband worried that the little boys wouldn’t want to eat the pink iced ones!) But if you think you are ready for kids here is a little link for you to help you think about it http://www.familyfriendlyhq.ie/family-blog/think-you-are-ready-to-have-children-take-this-hilarious-parent-test/887 Honestly kids are great and when they are not having a melt down they are so much fun!

  57. Oooh these little cupcakes look divine. I definitely wish I had one now, the lemon and raspberry I bet is heavenly.

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