Lemon Pound Cupcakes for Two

by Heather on February 29, 2012

OK, here’s the deal.  I was going to post today about either kale salad or enchiladas, until I remembered…THIS IS OUR DUE DATE!!!!!!

Nope, still no baby yet, but I almost feel like this is his unofficial birthday.  I mean, the day’s still young y’all – he could still be the Leap Year baby we’ve thought him to be all along.  But I couldn’t let today go by without recognizing it birthday-style with some cupcakes.


Just can’t happen.


This recipe actually makes 3 cupcakes, which I figure means that everyone gets their own and then, since we all always want seconds of dessert, you get an extra to split.  If you’re feeling nice!

The best part about these cupcakes?  It makes 3 total cupcakes which means:

  • automatic portion control
  • you can make it all in one small bowl which means…
  • fewer dishes!
  • automatic portion control
  • you can spend as much time as you want decorating
  • automatic portion control
  • no leftovers to tempt you for breakfast in the morning (ahem…)
  • automatic portion control



Really though, pound cake in cupcake form is a thing of beauty.  Throw in a ton of lemon zest for LOTS of sunshine-y flavor and top with a thick, rich creamy cheese frosting and you’ll be wishing that the recipe was for more.  But really, it’s best to just make a batch at a time…unless you just love craving cupcakes first thing in the morning.  You know, whatevs.


  • 4 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • zest from one lemon + 1 Tbsp of the juice

Preheat oven to 350.  In a bowl mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.  Add the lemon juice and zest and mix until incorporated.  Slowly mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined.  Line a muffin pan with 3 muffin cups and scoop the batter evenly into them.  Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes until the sides are just golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.



  • 2 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk

In a small bowl cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix well until creamy.  IF the mixture needs to be a little runnier, mix in a bit of milk at a time until the consistency desired is reached.  Frost the cupcakes!

Well son, happy almost birthday to you – and one day, one day soon, you and I will be able to enjoy more cupcakes in our lives!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free February 29, 2012

Awww :D Ho cute! He’ll come when he wants to :D


2 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free February 29, 2012

^I mean “so” cute, oops!


3 Mom Foodie February 29, 2012

Love the built in portion control.

Here’s hoping the little one comes on the scene soon :)


4 Urban Wife February 29, 2012

I love portion control baking. It makes me feel disciplined. ;)


5 Christina @ This Woman Cooks! February 29, 2012

Yay! I love that you made cupcakes for his “birthday.” Hope he arrives soon!


6 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 29, 2012

Love this!! Happy Due-Date-Day :D


7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 29, 2012

I love this scaled down portion size..perfect! There are many times I crave a cupcake but have no desire to make 12 of them.
Also..the “savvy?” part had me hysterical laughing. I read it with an image of Johnny Depp in full out Pirates of the Caribbean costume all bobbly like his character is in those movies.


8 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 29, 2012

@Gina – definitely thought of Pirate Johnny too. :)


9 Jessica J February 29, 2012

Yum, like Spring in a Cupcake!


10 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) February 29, 2012

I love that it’s called for 2 but there are 3 — genius. :)


11 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 29, 2012

These look delicious! And your little guy still has the whole day to show up ;)


12 Baker Street February 29, 2012

I love baking pound cake muffins. You almost don’t mind the butter because you’re eating such tiny portions. lol.

These look gorgeous! :)


13 Ashley February 29, 2012

I am the biggest pound cake fan EVER. Add lemon to it?? I am crazy excited about this recipe! I love how light + creamy the frosting is too. I’m not a fan of super sugary frosting, strange I know. COME on baby!!!!


14 Jen of My Tiny Oven February 29, 2012

Is it still portion control if you eat all 3 cupcakes yourself? Cause I think that is what will happen if I make these tonite!!


15 Kris February 29, 2012

because sometimes you just need one cupcake.

go, Baby, GO! :D


16 Maria February 29, 2012

Love these and so excited for you!


17 Jen February 29, 2012

I like the idea of baking just 3 cupcakes. My hubby wants to lose some pounds but I cannot help myself and bake :-)

My girl was 2 weeks early and I had things to do haha. She had her own mind. Crossing fingers that you do not have to wait much longer.


18 La. February 29, 2012

Happy Due Date! Mine came and went in January and ended up with a February baby! Oh the end is hard! Mine is 3 weeks old today and even though she came over a week late it was worth it! Woohoo! I think you should eat TWO cupcakes since you have a full grown newborn in your belly! Whole person! Which means two whole cupcakes! ;)


19 Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 29, 2012

Good luck over the next few days!! Definitely a great way to celebrate a sort of birthday:-)


20 Caitlin @ Cake with Love February 29, 2012

I like the ised of a pound cake turned cupcake, since usually I find most of the cupcakes very airy, if you know what I mean, and I like a more dense texture!


21 what katie's baking February 29, 2012

yum this looks awesome! i posted this one my facebook page:
for others to see, of course… but mostly so i can come back to it frequently and easily! haha :)


22 Deanna B. February 29, 2012

It would be pretty cool if he were born today. He still has plenty of time to be a leap day baby. If he makes an appearance, make sure to dress him in blue and yellow! I just watched the Leap Day 30 Rock episode and am still laughing about it.


23 Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 29, 2012

Wow– I can’t believe your due date is here!!! I hope he makes his appearance…SOON!!


24 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 29, 2012

Got to love that automatic portion control. Here’s hoping for the big baby news soon!!


25 Amy February 29, 2012

ahhh how exciting!!! can’t wait to see the little one!


26 Jessica @ How Sweet March 1, 2012

these are the cutest cupcakes everrrrr.


27 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} March 3, 2012

LOVE the “automatic portion control”! I need it! Good luck and I hope he shows his cute face soon…if he hasn’t already :)


28 laura August 3, 2012

Stumbled upon this recipe and made a small cake instead of 3 cupcakes. The result was amazing, a new favourite. Thanks a bundle!


29 Jessica, Michaels Mommie August 21, 2012

Yeilded 4 perfect super lemony cupcakes. I AM IN HEAVEN!!
Lemon is my abso favorite! Often lemon recipes don’t have enough lemon in them. I’d say they have a hint of lemon to them. This recipe is full on lemon. It’s not lemon squares lemony but it’s not too too far from. I could not be happier!

It’s LEMONY, it’s subtly SWEET, it’s PERFECT!

I did not make the frosting. Since I am a bit of a weirdo I made a maple frosting to counter the lemon. It worked fantastically.

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!


30 Heather August 22, 2012

i’m so glad you liked them! i’m a big fan of big lemon flavor too…not just a hint, i want the whole shebang! :)


31 Jessica, Michaels Mommie October 25, 2012

I have made these countless times since our introduction in August. I have made them for parties. I have made them for my 3YO because he asked for them. I have spread the word to many many people who share the love for super lemon cupcakes. And now I am making them for the Halloween Festival bake sale at my sons school. You have found a true fan in me Heather!

Thanks a million!



32 Heather October 25, 2012

aw, thank you so much jessica! i’m so glad you liked them – i’m a big lemon lover and these are some of my faves!


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