Lemon Mint Cupcakes

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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!

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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. 😀

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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!

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Lemon Mint 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


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, baking power, mint leaves and pinch of salt).
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the eggs with sugar.
  3. Add butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and milk to the eggs.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk properly.
  5. Add vanilla extract and whisk it again to incorporate all the ingredients and form a nice batter.
  6. Place the paper liners in the cupcake pan.
  7. Then, using a big spoon or ice cream scooper, pour the batter in the cupcake pans.
  8. Bake it for about 20 mins at 375 F
  9. Like I said I don't like frosting 🙂 But, you can add lemon frosting or cream cheese frosting and enjoy the cup cake.

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  • Manu
    April 27, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    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
    April 27, 2011 at 11:27 PM

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

  • Nishi
    April 27, 2011 at 11:46 PM

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

  • Raji
    April 28, 2011 at 12:09 AM

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

  • Vimitha
    April 28, 2011 at 12:54 AM

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

  • Priya
    April 28, 2011 at 1:08 AM

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

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    April 28, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    they look yumm!-super like!

  • Nandini
    April 28, 2011 at 5:11 AM

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

  • Panchpakwan
    April 28, 2011 at 6:37 AM

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

  • jeyashrisuresh
    April 28, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    very tangy and yummy cake.cute presentation

  • Meghna
    April 28, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    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
    April 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM

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

  • yummychunklet
    April 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

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

  • aipi
    April 28, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Lemon n mint- just the sound of it together refreshes me- fab n gorgeous cupcakes!
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  • Krithi
    April 28, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Wow! What an amazing flavor combination.. citrusy lemons and refreshing mint and love the bright yellow color!!
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  • Ameena
    April 28, 2011 at 8:06 PM

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

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    April 28, 2011 at 9:16 PM

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

  • sukanya
    April 29, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    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
    April 29, 2011 at 8:47 AM

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

  • Megan @ pipandebby
    Megan @ pipandebby
    April 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    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. 🙂

  • wizzythestick
    April 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

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

  • judee@ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
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    April 29, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    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
    April 29, 2011 at 5:56 PM

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

  • Miriam
    April 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    I totally wish I could do fun Harry Potterish magic too! The muffins look fabulous :), [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    April 29, 2011 at 11:05 PM

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

  • Kathryn
    April 30, 2011 at 5:02 AM

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


    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

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

  • Sarah
    April 30, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    These are so cute! Perfect for a cloudy day 🙂

  • Mary
    April 30, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    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
    April 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    April 30, 2011 at 4:17 PM

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

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    May 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM

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

  • A little bit of everything
    A little bit of everything
    May 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    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
    May 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    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
    May 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM

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

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  • Gourmantine
    May 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM

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

  • Taste Junction
    Taste Junction
    May 12, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    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.

  • Jess Roberts
    Jess Roberts
    August 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM

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

  • shabana
    March 15, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    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
    April 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    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