Lemon Cupcake with Strawberry Filling

Servings: 24 cupcakes

30 minutes


  • Cupcake Batter
  • 2 ½ cups all- purpose flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup (4.8 oz) Ghirardelli Classic White Chips
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1tbsp+ 1tsp lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon flavor/ extract
  • Classic White Buttercream
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 ¼ cups (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (6.2 oz, remainder of bag) Ghirardelli Classic White chips
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Lemon Syrup/ Cake Soak
  • ½ cup lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • Strawberry Filling
  • 1 cup of favorite strawberry jam (can also use mixed berry or another berry)


  • CUPCAKE: Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 2 cupcake tins (24 cupcakes total)
  • Sift together dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder), set aside
  • Place milk in a microwave safe container, heat on high for 1 minute. Add Ghirardelli Classic White Chips. Heat on high in 30 second intervals, whisking in between, until chips are fully melted. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together lemon zest, sugar, and butter on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, on high speed, scrape sides of bowl in between each addition.
  • Add in vanilla extract and lemon flavor.
  • On low speed add in 1/3 of dry ingredients, then 1/3 of milk and chip mixture on low speed. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Scoop batter into lined cupcake tins, filling 2/3 of the way.
  • Bake for 22-28 minutes, or until golden brown on edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes in pan before transferring to wire rack
  • For the lemon syrup: in a small sauce pot stir together lemon juice and sugar.
  • Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Sugar should dissolve and bubbles should just begin to form on edges of pan. Remove from heat, set aside.
  • For the buttercream: Bring a sauce pot of water up to a boil, reduce to a medium heat/ simmer.
  • Combine egg whites and sugar in a clean stand mixer bowl. Place on pot of boiling water.
  • Whisk constantly until eggs reach 170- 175°F, quickly place in stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until eggs reach stiff peaks, should take around 5-8 minutes
  • While eggs are beating, in a microwave safe bowl, melt remainder of the Classic White chips (1 cup) in microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until mostly smooth.
  • Once eggs have reached stiff peaks, add in melted classic white chips. Beat on high to combine. Add in room temperature butter in 3- 4 intervals, beating to combine between each addition.
  • Once smooth, add in vanilla extract and salt, beat to combine.
  • If mixture is too loose, place in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Beat until fluffy and pipeable. Place in piping bag fitted with a star tip
  • Cupcake Assembly: Cool cupcakes to room temperature.
  • Use a teaspoon to remove center of cupcake creating a small hole.
  • Using a toothpick, poke a few holes into the cupcake around the larger hole.
  • Drizzle cake with lemon syrup. Fill cupcake center with jam until flush with top of cupcake.
  • Pipe a large rosette of buttercream on top of cupcake, fully covering jam center.
  • Top with lemon zest and a quartered strawberry. Store in refrigerator, bring to room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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