Lemon and Creme Cupcakes – yields 15-18 cupcakes
1 yellow cake mix – (I recommend using Duncan Himes!)
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
5 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
Zest from 1 Lemon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line full size cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium or large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until the batter is smooth. I recommend using an electric mixer. Fill each of the cupcake liners about half full with the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. After about 5 minutes, transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack while you prepare the icing.
*Eventually I’d like to try this recipe with making a a yellow cake from scratch! However, using a cake mix makes these cupcakes quick and easy!
Lemon Creme Frosting – you will have extra!
1/2 cup softened butter
3 oz softened cream cheese
5-6 cups powdered sugar
3 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
2-3 tablespoons milk (usually requires 3 tablespoons in my experience)
Zest from 1 Lemon
In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the lemon oil, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of milk and about a cup of powdered sugar. Continue adding powdered sugar in small amounts until the icing is thick enough to stand on the cupcakes. If your icing becomes too thick, you can add the extra tablespoon of milk and some more powdered sugar until you reach the right consistency.
Use a frosting tip/bag to create a design on each of your cupcakes. In my case, I added yellow sugar sprinkles on to add a bit more color!
This was my first successful recipe using essential oils! These lemon cupcakes are now a favorite with my family and friends and word is even reaching outside the people that got to try the first batch!
Note: I only use Young Living Essential Oils when cooking or ingesting as they are guaranteed by Young Living’s Seed to Seal Promise. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils or how to purchase them, please visit www.yldist.com/mandabutler or contact me!