Lemon Mint Cupcakes

How many of you wish that you were a wizard living in Harry Potter’s world, navigating your way around Hogwarts Castle on your magic broom? I wish it sometimes.. OK.. most of the times.. especially during the times when I feel super lazy! I wish that I had a magic wand and I could finish laundry or folding clothes or dusting or cleaning at the blink of an eye 😉 Ahh dreams!!

It was one such day when I was feeling very lazy since morning! From the corner of my eye, I could see the laundry basket screaming at me to clear it off. I could see the beautiful sunny day from my window asking me to come out for a walk. Huh! I decided to ignore it all. Everybody deserves to be lazy some days.. right?? So, I switched on the TV, made myself a nice lemonade and started watching Food Network channel. Cupcake War was on… perfect!

I just love to see all the creativity in designing a cupcake. If I can ever make a cup cake look that pretty, I doubt if i’ll eat it!! I suck at making frosting or any cake decoration. To be honest, I actually prefer my cake without any frosting. My type of cake would be just plain and simple, fresh out of the oven. I definitely like to see all those frosting on a cake. It makes it look so gorgeous and pretty. After seeing all these cupcakes, I started to crave for some. Now, these are the moments when I wish for a magic wand.. like it’s even possible. 😀

I didn’t wanted to make something too heavy or rich. Most importantly, I wanted to make something quick. Long back, I had made Lemon Mint Cake and till date, it’s one of my favorite cake. I decided to make the same thing again with just some minor changes in the old recipe. The combination of lemon and mint is so refreshing and light.. It makes the cupcake as a perfect bite to go along with tea or coffee too!

This will yield approximately 15 cupcakes


  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 12 big fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt


Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, baking power, mint leaves and pinch of salt).

In a separate bowl, whip the eggs with sugar.

Add butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and milk to the eggs.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk properly.

Add vanilla extract and whisk it again to incorporate all the ingredients and form a nice batter.

Place the paper liners in the cupcake pan.

Then, using a big spoon or ice cream scooper, pour the batter in the cupcake pans.

Bake it for about 20 mins at 375 F

Like I said I don’t like frosting 🙂 But, you can add lemon frosting or cream cheese frosting and enjoy the cup cake.

Sharing this with Friday Potluck ,Sweets for a Saturday, A Themed Bakers Sunday, Muffin (and cupcakes) Monday

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Manu says:

Yum!!! Lemon and mint is always a winner combination! 🙂 And I am just like you… I eat my sweets without frosting… I sometimes decorate cakes and stuff (more for my kids and friends), but all my favorite sweets are simple and not too sugary! 😉

OohLookBel says:

What a fantastic combination of flavours, so zingy and fresh. And it looks pretty as well, always a bonus!

Nishi says:

These cakes look so yummy Kankana. And so refreshing!! Loved the shot of mint leaves 🙂

Raji says:

Fresh and flavourful. Adding mint leaves must have added a twist to the cupcakes.
Gorgeous shots.

Vimitha says:

Oh those cupcakes are packed with fresh flavors. Looks super yum.. Can you pass on some??? Plsssss….

Priya says:

Muffins looks soo pretty and with my fav flavours, love citrus flavours…

they look yumm!-super like!

Nandini says:

Wow! So citrous-y! Nice combo of flavours!

Wow very creative and unique combo of falors..Looks delicious cupcakes..Lovely color too.

very tangy and yummy cake.cute presentation

Meghna says:

See Kankana…Even on the day you decided to be lazy you ended up making something so yummy and beautiful… I am with you on cupcakes without frosting. Lemon and mint… Sounds very refreshing. And BTW I wished I had magic wand after I am done cooking for those messy clean ups 🙂

Namitha says:

Tons of flavors in there :-)I too love some of my cupcakes without any frosting, esp if it is so flavorful like this 😀

What bright and gorgeous looking cupcakes! No need for frosting!

aipi says:

Lemon n mint- just the sound of it together refreshes me- fab n gorgeous cupcakes!
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Krithi says:

Wow! What an amazing flavor combination.. citrusy lemons and refreshing mint and love the bright yellow color!!
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Ameena says:

These look delicious! Perfect for Springtime…thank you for sharing!!

I can’t think of a more refreshing combination – this is delicious!

sukanya says:

Lemon and mint its so refreshing, lovely flavours , and sometimes too much frosting hides the taste and flavour of a a cake.
loved it

daksha says:

Wow! lemon and mint! What a perfect combination! Love it!

Wow, these are beautiful!! Lemon and mint together…how perfect for a fresh treat. And yes, I often wish I was flying around Hogwarts on my broom. 🙂

Great flavour combo and they do indeed look very sunny – sure to make me smile

I have a garden full of fresh mint and have been searching for recipes that call for mint. These cupcakes have some interesting flavors. Will have to try them. Thanks for sharing.

Swathi says:

I love lemon mint combo, they taste great in cakes. Your cupcakes looks awesome.

Miriam says:

I totally wish I could do fun Harry Potterish magic too! The muffins look fabulous :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

I’m in love with this gorgeous and tangy cake! Mint is a great addition to them..

Kathryn says:

These sound unique and delicious! Please share your recipe with our readers by linking it up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Thanks!


kankana says:

Thanks So much for the invite Kathryn.. I have linked my cupcakes ! 🙂

Sarah says:

These are so cute! Perfect for a cloudy day 🙂

Mary says:

What gorgeous color. These really sound lemon luscious and I’d love to have one with my coffee. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

Alyssa says:

Hi! I’m having a linky party called A Themed Baker’s Sunday where this week’s theme is LEMONS! Time is running out though! and I would love for you to link this recipe or another lemony deliciousness! Can’t Wait!

kankana says:

Thanks you for letting me know.. linked my cupcakes 🙂

Oh love the flavor combo. So perfect for spring =D

Oh what a refreshing combination, sound just right for spring! and i can’t get out of yellow!

i love watching cupcake wars and dream of having one day just to procrastinate. where’s that magic wand?
your cupcakes sound so refreshing, love the minty citrus-y combo. thanks for sharing Kankana

Alyssa says:

Great job on the linky party last week! It was very hard to choose from everyone. Come by again and link up to this week’s theme: Chocolate! Hope to see you there.

briarrose says:

Awesome flavor…lemon and mint…I love it! Beautiful cupcakes.

I love the addition of mint to the cupcakes! I can imagine it gives an extra fresh touch to them! Really nice 🙂

I too am completely into cakes & cupcakes without heavy frosting, just makes the guilt lesser and taste fresher.
And lemon & mint is surely a winning combination.

Should it be a teaspoon of baking powder instead of a tablespoon? Sounds like a bit much…

shabana says:

love love love this cake i am so glad that i triedit, it was perfect,your site is awesome,i have posted my labour of your recipe in my site plz have alook and give us ur precious comments http://bondedbyfood.blogspot.in/2012/03/lemon-mint-cake.html

isabel says:

amazing cupcakes! they were perfection……. my family really enjoyed them! great recipe! kankana you’re a great cupcake baker! great job! i will be making these again