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Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting are moist and buttery. Cupcakes are made with a yellow cake mix. Frosting made from scratch. Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake Cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cupcakes
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cupcakes
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream Cheese Pound Cake Cupcakes
Instructions
Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Since the cake batter is heavy, use TWO cupcake liners in EACH cup of a 12-cup muffin tin. If using two muffin tins (6 cups each), be sure to place TWO cupcake liners in EACH cup. After placing two liners in EACH cup of second tin, fill two empty cups with water to prevent warping. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, combine softened cream cheese (room temperature), 1/2 cup sugar, 4 eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. With mixer on low speed, mix together until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute).
  4. Add 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter (or vegetable oil), 1/2 cup of water and cake mix. With mixer on low speed, mix together just until combined (about 2 minutes). Batter will be thick and creamy.
  5. Place 2-1/2 generous tablespoons of cake batter in each cup. Use back of spoon to even batter in cup liner. If the liners are filled to the top with batter, the cupcakes will rise dramatically and will shrink slightly while cooling.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes OR until top springs back when lightly pressed OR a toothpick inserted in center of each cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool before frosting. If frosted while warm or hot, the frosting will melt into a glaze.
  8. NOTE: Although these cupcakes are delicious warm, they taste much better after 24 hours in fridge.
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine softened cream cheese and softened butter with an electric mixer (or wooden spoon). Add 2 cups of confectioners sugar, lemon extract, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  2. Use an electric mixer (or wooden spoon) to mix together.
  3. Taste a sample. If desired, stir in remaining confectioners sugar TWO TABLESPOONS AT A TIME and remaining 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Repeat until satisfied with taste.
  4. Frosting will be thick. To thin, microwave on high for 10 seconds. OR warm in a saucepan over low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Spread “warm/thin” frosting over COOLED cake. The frosting will thicken as it cools.