Lemon Love Cakes for Valentine’s Day

Baking | February 14, 2012 | By

As a special treat, I am offering you some little Lemon Love Cakes which I hope you will enjoy. These are really simple little cakes to make, easy enough for beginners and ideal for young children to make with a little help from an adult and for older children to make on their own.  They are ideal to make and serve for Valentines Day with a few heart shaped sprinkles. 

It's hard to resist these sweet little Lemon Love Cakes


Lemon Love Cakes
Yields 12
An easy lemon cupcake recipe with lemon buttercream and heart shaped sprinkles.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. For the cupcakes
  2. 125g (4 1/2 oz) butter
  3. 125g (4 1/2 oz) caster sugar
  4. Finely grated zest of 1/2 large lemon (keeping the zest of the remaining 1/2 lemon for the lemon icing)
  5. 2 eggs, beaten
  6. 150g (5oz) s-r flour
  7. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  8. For the buttercream
  9. 75g (3oz) butter
  10. 175g (6oz) icing sugar, sifted
  11. finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  12. 2-3 tsp squeezed lemon juice
  13. heart sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, line a fairy cake tin or muffin tin with paper cases (you will get more cakes if you use the fairy cake tin, but they will be smaller)
  2. Cream the butter in a bowl until soft. Add the sugar and lemon zest and beat until fluffy. Add the beaten eggs a bit at at time, then add the sifted flour and baking powder into the mixture.
  3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake for 7-10 minutes, until risen and golden. Remove cakes to a baking tray and let them cool completely before icing.
  4. To make the buttercream
  5. Cream the butter until soft, sift the icing sugar into the butter with the lemon zest and enough lemon juice to get the right consistency for piping or spreading.
  6. When the cupcakes have cooled completely, put the butter icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle an pipe swirls onto the cupcakes. Alternately, spread a large teaspoonful over the top with a palette knife.
  7. Sprinkle a little love over the cupcakes in the form of some pink heart cake decorations.
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If you love Lemon Drizzle Cake, you;ll love these Lemon Love Cakes, dress them up with sprinkles for Valentines #valentines
 As an aside, I went to get my camera to take these photos and my husband nearly took off with one of these Lemon Love Cakes, so they obviously work!

I’m entering these Lemon Love Cakes in the February Tea Time Treats Challenge run by Karen at Lavender and Lovage  and Kate at What Kate Baked, Kate is hosting this month and has gone all ‘Romantic’

I’m also entering Lemon Love Cakes for the new Alphabakes challenge run by Ros at ‘The more than occasional baker’ and Caroline Makes the letter is ‘L’ and that means Luuuurrrve!


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Brownieville Girl

Janice, I think that it's Kate's turn to organise the tea time treats this month (at What Kate Baked).

I just love your icing I can just imagine the sweetness mixed with the lovely tang of the lemon – delicious and beautiful.


Thanks for that, I've changed the link to What Kate Baked!

Matt @ RecipeLion

This dessert looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package: http://bit.ly/wJSl1h

Karen S Booth

LOL! It is the ROMANTIC Kate that is hosting this month Janice! LOVELY wee cakes and PERFECT for tea time treats too!


Those look great. With all those fancy flavoured cupcakes around, it just shows that oven the old-fashioned flavours are still the best.

Heather Wilkinson
Heather Wilkinson

Lemon is one of my fav cake flavours and your icing is perfect! I've got a long list of things I want to bake and this recipe is also now on that list!


These look lovely, especially the little sprinkles! There's something about the sharpness of lemon and the sweetness of buttercream that I just love ๐Ÿ™‚

Baking Addict

Thank you so much for entering these to AlphaBakes. They look LOVELY indeed. I LOVE Lemon cakes and I'm not surprised these were disappearing quickly. PS i've baked something similar for alphabakes and TTT – clearly, great minds think alike! ๐Ÿ™‚ Will post tomorrow hopefully.


What lovely, lovely cupcakes Janice- the icing looks so lush and professional. Sorry its taken me a couple of days to come over and admire them- and thank you very very much for entering them into Tea Time Treats!

A Trifle Rushed

How completely yummy! I do love lemon in cakes ๐Ÿ™‚ Jude x


Those are so pretty! I just love them ๐Ÿ™‚

At Anna's kitchen table

Love lemon! Comes a close second to chocolate I think!


These look perfect! Lemon cupcakes are always a nice change from vanilla…although any flavour is good when cupcakes are concerned! ๐Ÿ™‚