Do you have fond memories of baking with your mom when you were a child? I sure do! I have a sister who is less than a year younger than me. When mom was baking something delicious, my sister and I sat in the breakfast nook. This gave us ringside seats to watch mom create something tasty and magical. This also offered us our own tasting area! I mean, I was not a stupid child! I knew if we sat and stared at mom long enough, she would break down and give us first dibs on whatever she was making.
One of my favorite sweet treats in the whole wide world are cupcakes. Mom would spend her Saturday’s baking fun treats for the weekend, especially Sunday dinner. This inspired me as an adult to do the same. Caitlin and I have reserved Saturdays for baking. This weekend, we made these adorable Lemon Daisy Cupcakes. Another fun dessert you may enjoy are my Layered Jello Shots I made on the 4th of Jul!
These cupcakes are super fun to make and I promise, they are way easier to make than they look. You cane these with any flavor cake mix you like, but we use a white or yellow mix. My kids love jellybeans, so I almost always have those on hand as well. Our favorites are the Starburst jellybeans because they have such great flavor. They add another depth of tangy sweetness to these Lemon Daisy Cupcakes.
The one thing you may have difficulty finding is the green sprinkles. If this is the case, my daughter suggested using green decorating sugar instead. I think that is a brilliant suggestion! If you cannot find that, no worries! These Lemon Daisy Cupcakes are adorable with or without that part of the recipe! We had the most fun cutting the marshmallows and shaping them into the petals of the daisy. Your fingers will get a little sticky, but that is part of the fun, right?!
We made these Lemon Daisy Cupcakes for Easter, my husband’s birthday and Memorial Day. They are so dang fun to make and even more fun to eat!! Trust me! You will get hooked on these babies, you just wait and see!
Lemon Daisy Cupcakes
- 1 package (2-layer size) white cake mix
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract , divided
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 package (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
- 10 drops McCormick® Yellow Food Color
- 18 large marshmallows
- Decorating sugar
- Jelly beans
- Green sprinkles
- Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding 1 tablespoon of the lemon extract. Spoon into 18 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake as directed for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.
- For the Frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream and remaining 2 teaspoons lemon extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in food color until evenly tinted. Frost cooled cupcakes.
- To decorate cupcakes, cut each marshmallow crosswise into 5 slices. Sprinkle 1 side of each marshmallow slice with decorating sugar. Arrange 5 marshmallow petals on top of each cupcake to resemble a daisy, pressing the marshmallows into the frosting. Place jelly beans in the center of the petals. Garnish with sprinkles.
Who did you watch in the kitchen when you were a kid?
Kathy saysJuly 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm
These are so cute! What a wonderful idea. My daughters would have so much fun making these with me. I’m going to have to save this so that we can make them later. Thanks for sharing!
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) saysJuly 20, 2015 at 5:34 pm
I think these are some of the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! Must try to make these for the next family birthday.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle saysJuly 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm
Those are seriously the cutest cupcakes I’ve ever seen. I love those adorable flower petals!
Melissa Pezza saysJuly 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm
These are so perfect for my daughter. All I need is a little Tinkerbell figure to stick on top, and I’ve made what I know will be her favorite cupcake ever.
Jeanette saysJuly 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm
SO cute! My friend attempted them before and I loved them. They are fun and you are right very easy!
Grace Hodgin saysJuly 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm
What a great recipe and I think these would be great to make for a grandmother/ granddaughter tea party. Just as much fun to fix as to eat.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) saysJuly 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm
Those are so cute and they sound absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family!
Nicole B saysJuly 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm
These are super cute flower cupcakes! Sometimes I buy those Wilton sprinkles that have several different colors in one bottle (not mixed up). I think there’s usually green in there along with pink, purple, yellow and blue.
Jennifer saysJuly 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm
Those are an 11 on the cute scale. I absolutely love the flower petals.
Dawn saysJuly 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm
OMG, the cuteness. I adore the jelly bean centers!
Shauna saysJuly 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm
These are just adorable. I have my Baby Miss’ birthday coming up and she would love these. Super-cute and they sound delicious.
Michelle de Guzman saysJuly 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm
I am a sucker for any kind of lemon dessert. These looked adorable AND tasty, When I was growing up my mom would bake. I started baking with my boys when they were really young too,
Mama to 5 BLessings saysJuly 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm
I pinned these to make for my daughter. They are so cute, they remind me of Spring.
ricci saysJuly 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm
These cupcakes are adorable!! I bet they taste super yummy too!! I love anything lemon flavored!!
Marcie W. saysJuly 20, 2015 at 10:01 pm
Oh my goodness, could these be any cuter. I love how fancy they look yet how easy they actually are. Totally my style!
Tammy Roy saysJuly 20, 2015 at 10:06 pm
These look so delicious. I am going to make some this weekend. I hope mine turn out as good as yours.
Elizabeth Lampman saysJuly 20, 2015 at 10:07 pm
These are so cute and delicious looking. I am going to make these for a birthday party this weekend.
Ann Bacciaglia saysJuly 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm
I love cupcakes. I am going to share this recipe with my sister so she can make me some.
Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green saysJuly 20, 2015 at 10:27 pm
This is such a cute idea. I’m always looking for fun ways to get my kids involved in the kitchen. They would love to make these daises after I make the cupcakes.
Sabrina saysJuly 20, 2015 at 10:59 pm
What cute marshmallow petals! They look adorable!
Autumn @Mamachallenge saysJuly 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm
Those are cute! My kids would love to help decorate these!
Chelsea Stallings saysJuly 20, 2015 at 11:53 pm
These llook socute! ute
Maria saysJuly 21, 2015 at 12:03 am
These are awesome for a little girl’s party, or even a spring-themed picnic.
Alli S. saysJuly 21, 2015 at 12:03 am
I personally admire your talent in making fun-looking, tasty treats. Thanks for sharing this to us.
Jenna Wood saysJuly 21, 2015 at 12:56 am
How creative, and I always have marshmallows on hand, too! I bet these would be perfect for some of the Spring holidays next year!
lisa @bitesforbabies saysJuly 21, 2015 at 1:27 am
Wow! These are absolutely stunning!! I love to cook but I am not as precise about display as I am about flavour. These look beautiful AND delicious!
Meagan saysJuly 21, 2015 at 1:56 am
Looks like the perfect summer treat! Love those cute daisies!
Vera Sweeney saysJuly 21, 2015 at 2:17 am
These look and sound delicious. These would be perfect to serve at a tea party.
Lisa saysJuly 21, 2015 at 4:09 am
Ob my, these are so adorable! My kids would beg to eat them all immediately.
Ourfamilyworld saysJuly 21, 2015 at 7:02 am
Oh, these are so pretty! This will be great for birthday parties or baby shower parties.
Joanne T Ferguson saysJuly 21, 2015 at 7:23 am
I love these lemon daisy cupcakes and as soon as I saw then, they put a smile right on my face! They remind me of cupcakes my mum and I used to make when i was little! Thank you for allowing me to take a trip down memory lane today! I love lemon desserts and wish I could try them right now!
Annemarie LeBlanc saysJuly 21, 2015 at 7:45 am
It is an easy recipe to follow and my thanks for your recipe. The cupcakes turned out so pretty. Just like the saying goes – “Half the meal is the eye appeal.”
Ron Leyba saysJuly 21, 2015 at 8:14 am
So cute and yes, they look so delicious too! Yummy!
Chubskulit Rose saysJuly 21, 2015 at 8:28 am
These looks fabulously tasty! My son would be thrilled if I give him one of these!
Christy Maurer saysJuly 21, 2015 at 9:23 am
These are just too cute! I used to love making cut out cookies with my mom. Such fun memories!
Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies saysJuly 21, 2015 at 10:36 am
Those cupcakes look so delicious and tasty! I really love the design that you put on the top of them!
Lynndee saysJuly 21, 2015 at 11:52 am
Oh my goodness! Those are so pretty to eat! 🙂 The husband and I actually talked about making cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe!
Dawn McAlexander saysJuly 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm
Those are cute! Too cute, in fact. I would not want to eat one for admiring the way it looks!
Amy Desrosiers saysJuly 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm
These are so cute and remind me of Easter! I want some jelly beans now!
CourtneyLynne saysJuly 21, 2015 at 4:52 pm
Omg these are the cutest cupcakes ever!!! Wish I had baking skills so I could attempt these myself
Aubrey saysJuly 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm
I’ve made something similar to these before. They were not too hard to make and they were a big hit at the party. People should try these out.
Colette - JamericanSpice saysJuly 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm
These are definitely yummy cute!
I would make them.
My daughter would love this idea too!
Thanks for sharing!
desirae young saysJuly 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm
How fun are those? We love to make fun desserts around here! Thanks so much for the recipe!
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly saysJuly 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm
Baking is just one skill I never acquired, sad since I love my treats, but I’m the one who cooks big meals and family and friends know to just bring the wine and desserts because I won’t bake! LOL
Uplifting Families saysJuly 22, 2015 at 12:03 am
These cupcakes are adorable. I might have to make these for my daughter’s birthday. I really want to try the cream cheese icing. 🙂
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition saysJuly 22, 2015 at 7:01 am
These are so cute! I love all things daisy (and cupcake). I’ll have to try making these with my girls soon.
Jeanine saysJuly 22, 2015 at 9:21 am
Oh yum. Not only are they super cute but they look absolutely delicious! My girls would get a big kick out of these too!
Cia | CiaSays.com saysJuly 22, 2015 at 10:07 am
I seriously wonder if I can pull these cupcakes off on my first attempt. They are absolutely adorable!
Bonnie @ wemake7 saysJuly 22, 2015 at 11:17 am
Aww those are so cute and pretty. I don’t know If I could eat them because I would want to save them cause they look so nice. They sound really good.
Jessica Simms saysJuly 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm
These looks delicious and super easy to make like you said. I think my kids would really enjoy this.
Erin saysJuly 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm
Oh these are just too precious! I love them to bits!
Rosey saysJuly 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm
I’d eat them to bits. In no time flat too. 😉 🙂 Now I know why people say ‘nom nom nom.’ 🙂
Krystal saysJuly 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
I did something similar for Easter. Isn’t it a cute way to decorate a cupcake?! SO EASY!
Gabriel saysJuly 24, 2015 at 12:36 am
My dad did a lot of cooking when I was a kid, though my mom did all the baking. I got my love of spicy food and exotic dishes from my dad, for sure.
Clarissa Hiciano saysJuly 26, 2015 at 11:15 pm
Wow this looks delicious I definitely have to try making the for my family! Thanks
mycraftingworld saysDecember 26, 2016 at 7:10 am
This is great for the girls and me to do. they will love making these. Thank you so much.