Certain flavor pairings are just meant to be. Lemon and strawberry are one of those, for sure! This flavor combo conjures up all the warm weather feels! It’s bright and refreshing and brings the best, fresh flavors of the season to make desserts sing.

INGREDIENTS – Whole strawberries – Sugar – Lemon zest – Unsalted butter – Eggs – Vanilla extract – Flour – Baking powder – Baking soda – Salt – Sour cream – Milk – Lemon juice – Powdered sugar

For this cupcake, the cake is a moist and fluffy lemon cake topped with a naturally flavored strawberry buttercream frosting that’s light and perfectly fluffy.

There are a few tricks to bringing out lemon flavor in these cupcakes. The first secret is to use lemon juice plus lemon zest.

The second secret to enhancing lemon flavor is to work the lemon zest into the granulated sugar before adding it to the butter. Rubbing the lemon zest into the sugar releases the oils in the zest and amps up the lemon flavor in the best way possible!

This frosting gets all its flavor and color from strawberries themselves! The secret to attaining such rich strawberry flavor in buttercream frosting is to create a strawberry puree

Celebrate the end of the school year or summer just beginning with these delightfully fresh flavored cupcakes that blend lemon + strawberry for the perfect flavor combo!

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