Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

June 19, 2013

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Lemon meringue pie is such a classic dessert and every classic dessert must be created into a cupcake version right? You get a soft cupcake base, a bright creamy lemon curd, and it’s finish with a light as air meringue topping.

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This may seem like a long recipe, and yes it basically is, BUT sometimes recipes that are a little time consuming are more than worth it. Once you taste these you’ll know what I mean.

The cake portion is deliciously soft and moist and of course these have an abundance of fresh lemon flavor. I’ve noted in the recipe you can use the homemade lemon curd listed or you can use a purchased one from the grocery store, if you have the time definitely try the fresh curd.

It’s completely amazing and you can use any you have left over for toast the next morning. Now I’m thinking I’m going to want these cupcakes more than I want a Lemon Meringue Pie. I get the best of both all in one. Enjoy!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

You get soft cupcakes topped with a bright creamy lemon curd, and it's finish with a light as air meringue topping.
Servings: 12
Prep40 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 12 Tbsp Lemon Curd , homemade or store-bought, recipe follows

Meringue Frosting

  • 3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 3 large egg whites , at room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together sugar, butter and lemon zest on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Blend in vegetable oil.
  • Add in egg and mix until combined then add in egg yolks, lemon extract and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Measure out milk in a liquid measuring cup and stir in lemon juice.
  • Add flour mixture in 3 separate batches alternating with 1/2 of the milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition. Divide mixture among 12 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  • Bake in preheated oven 19 - 21 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in muffin tin several minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Cool completely, then spread 1 Tbsp lemon curd over top of each cupcake. Pipe Meringue Frosting over cupcakes and carefully toast edges with a kitchen torch. For best results serve within 1 hour of assembling.
  • FOR THE MERINGUE: In a small saucepan, whisk together 3/4 cup of the granulated sugar, the water and corn syrup. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves, then continue to boil without stirring and heat to 230 degrees (be sure to check temperature with a candy thermometer).
  • Meanwhile, whip egg whites in a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, then add in remaining 1 Tbsp sugar and whisk until combined.
  • Once sugar syrup reaches 230 degrees, remove from heat, and with mixer running on low speed, slowly pour syrup down side of bowl in a slow steady stream.
  • Once all of the syrup has been blended in, increase mixer speed to medium-high and whisk mixture until stiff but not dry peaks form (mixture and bowl should be cool), about 7 - 10 minutes. Frost cupcakes immediately after preparing.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 190mg8%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 188IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

Lemon Curd


6 Tbsp salted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest
4 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice


  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-high speed, whip together butter, sugar and lemon zest until slightly pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Blend in egg and yolks one at a time, mixing just until combined after each addition. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Pour mixture into a 3 quart, non-reactive saucepan and heat mixture over medium-low heat. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 172 degrees on a candy thermometer (a fairly thick layer should coat the back of a wooden spoon and a path can be drawn through the mixture, basically the mixture should hold its shape pretty well.).
  • Remove from heat and press mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to remove lemon zest.
  • Cover with plastic wrap pressing directly against the surface of the curd and chill at least 2 hours.



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  • Tricia Jensen

    i love your site. You’re the best at giving an easy recipe list and directions to follow. I’m not a great cook or baker at anymore. I had a moderate to serious brain injury from my left eye being crushed in (passenger in auto accident). I had to relearn everything over again, including my family’s traditional Italian cooking. But just do not seem to have the knack now like when I was young for following recipes. Thanks.

  • Nicole

    Hi! I’d love to make these for my mom’s surprise birthday party but I’d need to make most everything ahead of time. I’m sure I could make the cupcakes and put the curd on them. But how would the meringue frosting hold up if I made it in the morning then put it on in the afternoon? Would I refrigerate it?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I recommend making the meringue within a few hours of serving for best results. Some days mine holds up so well but others it doesn’t last long.

  • Anita

    This looks amazing. I don’t have a kitchen torch though. Would I be able to get the same effect by broiling in an oven? Is the torching of the meringue just for the frosting to look prettier? Probably gives it a crunchy taste too…

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I don’t know that they could be done in the oven, plus it would likely dry the cupcakes out a bit. I’d recommend holding out for a torch.

  • Jill

    This is a great recipe. I made them today – for the 2nd time. Someone I work with requested them for his birthday tomorrow. The cupcake and the lemon curd turned out amazing both times. And I’m IN LOVE with this frosting. I did double the recipe and added a 7oz jar of marshmallow creme – just to make it a little stronger – and holds up a little better. Thank you for sharing your recipe – it’s going in my “Tried and True” board – on Pinterest ;-)

  • Alisha

    These look great! I was wondering how long this frosting and curd can be held at room temperature? I know I normal meringue will separate after some time. . Will this frosting do that? Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I think it just depends on how humid the environment is that you live in. I live in a fairly dry climate so mine can hold up for the day but in more humid climates I don’t think it would. I recommend storing the frosting and curd in the fridge.

  • Kim

    I was wondering if I could assemble them today to take to work for a person’s birthday?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Mine were okay the next day but best the first. I’d store them in the fridge.

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