Lemon Cherry Filled Cupcake Recipe

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Lemon Cherry Filled Cupcakes Recipe


Lemon Cherry Filled Cupcake Recipe

Last week the weather warmed up so much that it felt like spring and we were leaving our jackets and gloves behind when we headed outside. Unfortunately that did not last long enough and today it is absolutely frigid outside.

That brief moment of spring that we did have has me dreaming about all of the things I have to look forward to very soon. Afterall spring is inevitable and so are all of the delicious springtime treats that I will get to indulge in. I feel like lemony recipes are the perfect spring treats.

Even though it has cooled back down again, I can’t help but think of these Lemon Cherry Filled Cupcakes.

Lemon Cupcake Ingredients:

2 C sugar
2 TBSP lemon zest
1 C unsalted butter, room temp
4  eggs, room temp
1¼ C whole milk
3 C flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 jar Smucker’s Cherry Preserves

Frosting Ingredients:

1 C butter, room temp
8 oz of cream cheese, room temp
2 TBSP lemon zest
2 TBSP vanilla
4-5 C of powdered sugar

Cupcake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Add the lemon zest, vanilla, and sugar in a food processor pulsing until well blended.

Blend butter and the lemon sugar until combined in a separate bowl.

Add one egg at at time, beating after each addition until well mixed.

Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture.  Mix until just combined.

Pour in half of the milk mixing until all ingredients are blended.

Add in the rest of the flour mixture and then milk.  Mix well.

Scoop the batter into the lined tins 3/4’s full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly in the cupcake pan.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Using a teaspoon make a small well in the center of each cupcake. (Don’t poke the hole through the bottom of the cupcakes)

Fill each small well with the cherry preserves. (Don’t overfill.  The preserves should not overflow from the top of the cupcake.)

Frosting Directions:

Mix butter and vanilla until it’s soften and begins to form peaks.

Beat in the cream cheese.

Mix in 3 cups of powdered sugar until well blended.

Add in the lemon zest and 1 more cup of powdered sugar.

Mix until the frosting is creamy and stiff.

Take a spoonful of frosting and turn the spoon over.  If the frosting falls off the spoon mix in more powdered sugar.

When the frosting can cling to the spoon when turned upside down it is ready.

Spoon the frosting into a pastry bag with a piping tip.

Begin by frosting the cupcake on the outside edge working to the center.

Drizzle the cherry preserves on the frosting by spoonfuls.

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Dollar Store Valentine Gift Ideas Under $5

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Valentine Gift Ideas Under $5Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I have a few gift ideas that all cost just $5 each!

These Dollar Store Valentine Gifts Ideas Under $5 are the best way to create a valentine’s Day Gift specifically for your special someone.

Dollar Store Gift Ideas

Just head to your local Dollar Store and pick out a couple items that you can use to create a themed gift that is customized for the person you love and their specific interests.

Chocolate Lover’s Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

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Stationery Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

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It doesn’t take too much effort to create one of these themed gift ideas. Coming in at under $5 per gift idea makes this a really affordable way to go!

The Land Before Time Valentine’s Day Cards

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Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly and I wanted to share the newest FREE Valentine’s Day Cards that I have to offer!

The Land Before Time Journey of the Brave is being released soon and these The Land Before Time Valentine’s Day Cards are the perfect way to share the love with friends and family.  My kids were both huge fans of this series and I am happy to see a new one is coming out soon that my daughter can one day share with her little one too.

Free Valentine's Day Cards

Get your FREE The Land Before Time Valentine’s Day Cards.

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Strawberry Cream Layered Dessert

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Strawberry Cream Dessert

This Strawberry Cream Layered Dessert is simple to make and one that everyone can enjoy!


Strawberry Dessert Ingredients

Layer 1

2 c. Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 Stick Butter, Melted
2 T. Powdered Sugar

Layer 2

8 oz Cream Cheese
1 c. Whipped Cream
1/2 c. Powdered Sugar

Layer 3

1 – Package of Instant Strawberry Pudding
2 c. Milk

Layer 4

2 c. Whipped Cream
Chopped Pecans or Graham Cracker Crumbs for Garnish


Mix 1st layer ingredients and press into a 9×13″ baking dish.

Graham Cracker Crumbs


Place in refrigerator to cool for approximately 30 minutes or in freezer to quick cool for approximately 10 minutes.

Make pudding according to package instructions and refrigerate. Mix together second layer ingredients.

Strawberry Layered Dessert

Spread second, third, and fourth layers in order onto the graham cracker crust.

Four Layer Strawberry Dessert PROCESS

Garnish with graham cracker crumbs or chopped pecans.

Refrigerate for one hour or more and serve.

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Home Spa Valentine’s Day Gift Under $5

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Home Spa Gift Idea

I would love to receive a Home Spa Day Gift and spend a little time being pampered.

I hope that you are finding these Gift Ideas Under $5 helpful in creating a wonderful gift for the one you love without needing to spend a lot to do so.

If you are looking for an inexpensive gift idea, I highly suggest your local Dollar Store for some really great inspiration!

You can easily put together a custom Home Spa Valentine’s Day Gift Under $5 using items you’ve hand selected for the one you love.

The items in the picture were all found at the Dollar Stare for $1 each. I have linked to similar items on Amazon just so that you can see the price comparison.


1 – Heart Shaped Glass Container
1 – Loofah
1 – Gel Eye Mask
1 – Rose Petal Soaps
1 – Facial Scrub Brush


Remove packaging and labels from all items and place into glass container.

Place rose petals in container still inside of their plastic packaging.

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Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes

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Cherry Vanilla

Try these Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes the next time you want to make a treat that is bursting with love.

Vanilla cupcake recipe:

1/2 cup butter (room temp)
2 egg whites
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

*Optional sprinkles.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Set up your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Using a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

In a separate large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer or Kitchenaid on medium to high for 30 seconds.

Now add sugar, and vanilla to the butter and beat until combined.

Add egg whites, and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Alternate, the flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed until everything is well mixed together. Add sprinkles for color if desired only.

Fill the cupcake pan liners 2/3 with cake batter

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before frosting

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes

Cherry Frosting

2 sticks butter (room temp)
4-5 cups Powder sugar
4 tbsp Maraschino cherry juice


In large mixing bowl, beat butter on high speed until stiff and fluffy.

Add 3 cups of sugar, one at a time.

Scrape the sides to get all of the sugar.

Now add the cherry juice

In addition add the last cup of sugar.

Beat until smooth. Frost each cupcake and enjoy!

Cherry Vanilla Cupcake

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