Lemon Shamrock Cupcakes and Cupcakes! Giveaway

Luscious lemon cupcakes topped with lemon cream cheese frosting, sprinkles and a cute gumdrop shamrock. 

Liz, the Cupcake Lady at Hoosier Homemade, has a fun new eBook, Cupcakes! 12 Months of Happiness.

In “Cupcakes! 12 Months of Happiness” you will find a cupcake for each month that is sure to please children and adults alike. Some of them were inspired from Cupcake Tuesday and some are from the Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter. But all of them are newly designed to make them easy and kid-friendly.

Liz gave me a copy of Cupcakes! to review and cute, easy-to-make shamrock cupcakes are the March cupcake. The adorable bunny and pretty flower cupcakes would also be perfect for spring. I made lemon cupcakes with a lemon cream cheese frosting, but you could use any flavor you liked best.

Lemon Shamrock Cupcakes

Lemon Shamrock Cupcakes

Luscious lemon cupcakes topped with lemon cream cheese frosting, sprinkles and a cute gumdrop shamrock.


    Liz's tastes like homemade recipe adapted for high altitude baking
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice powder
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


Lemon Cupcakes

Combined cake mix and lemon juice powder. Add buttermilk, oil and eggs and mix and bake according to package directions.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese. With the mixer on low speed, add the lemon juice powder and powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Add more powdered sugar if necessary to get a thick spreadable frosting.



Liz also offered to giveaway one copy of Cupcakes! to one lucky Barbara Bakes’ reader. To enter just leave a comment on this post before before Thursday, March 22 at noon, MST, and tell me what is your favorite way to dress up a cupcake.

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  1. Cindy says

    Awww they look so good it’ll be hard to eat them ! I mean it seems so barbaric to just…eat them ..you know LIKE THAT :)

  2. Carmen says

    I love making cupcakes, but sadly I’ve never done anything with them except frost and maybe use sprinkles.

  3. says

    Oh my, another King Arthur product to add to my shopping list. Pretty, festive cupcakes, Barbara, with their shamrock toppers. I’m eager to try this cake recipe with the buttermilk and cake mix. Hope you had a lovely weekend.

  4. says

    Super way to serve those cupcakes, Barbara. I love the shamrocks! :) And such an easy recipe, too.
    I usually top my cupcakes with tons of frosting and a piece of fruit.

  5. says

    Love the cream cheese frosting. But usually its chocolate whipped cream at my place because thats what the kids want :)

  6. Michelle B says

    Just simple vanilla buttercream frosting and sprinkles. Boring I know, but the kids love it.

  7. says

    My favorite way to dress up a cupcake is just with a big, swirly mountain of swiss meringue buttercream and a touch of sprinkles. Yummmmmmy. but then again, I think everything tastes better with buttercream…. Best, Sandie

  8. Lori says

    I love chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting and chocolate sprinkles. I know it’s simple and not fancy at all…but it’s a classic in my house

  9. says

    Well..I’d be fibbing if I told you what my favorite way to dress up a cupcake is because I don’t make cupcakes often, so I suppose, a tall, swirly of frosting is as far as I go when I do make them. However, if I could make a cupcake that looks like yours, I’d probably make them more often! They are stunning, Barb! What a St Pat’s Day treat! I think I’m in dire need of that book lol