Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcakes

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These Lemon Daisy Cupcakes take a shortcut on decorating by using marshmallows, sprinkles, and lemon candies. Perfect for any Spring occasion or holiday!Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcake Recipe- use marshmallows to brighten up these beautiful lemon cupcakes!

If I am asked to bring a dessert to a gathering I try to bring the most basic, simple dessert that is sure to impress. Most of what I do here is smoke and mirrors. Seriously- you can decorate these cupcakes in 15-20 minutes and it looks like you spent all day. That’s why I picked this recipe from McCormick to share with you today.

Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcake Recipe- simple and fast but not lacking in "wow factor!"

The only thing that would make these cupcakes even more incredible is if you hollowed out the centers and stuffed them with some lemon curd. You will have the crowd at your mercy.

Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcake Recipe

I tinted about half of the frosting pink. You can find my 5 Minute Fancy Frosting Technique here. I decided to decorate about half of the cupcakes with the swirly frosting, and half topped off as daisies. The whole batch took me under 15 minutes to decorate.

Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcakes

Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcakes

These Lemon Daisy Cupcakes take a shortcut on decorating by using marshmallows, sprinkles, and lemon candies. Perfect for any Spring occasion or holiday!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 Cupcakes


  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • Frosting:
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 Cup butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 10 drops McCormick® Yellow Food Color
  • 36-40 large marshmallows
  • Sprinkles
  • Lemon Drop candies jelly beans, or dried pineapple slices


  • 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.

You can use dried fruit instead of candy for the centers. I had pineapple tidbits on hand and I thought they turned out very cute.

Use a lemon drop or a dried pineapple tidbit for a sweet center to this simple flower cupcake

This is a sponsored post on behalf of McCormick. All opinions expressed are my own.

- Katrina

19 Responses to “Easy Lemon Daisy Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — April 7, 2014 at 7:21 am

    So pretty!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

    They turned out SO cute!!! Love them!

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    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — April 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

    These are adorable! Pinned.

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    Claire Gallam — April 7, 2014 at 9:48 am

    These are SO cute.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    These cupcakes are so adorable!!! Love!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    What fun, gorgeous cupcakes Katrina!

  7. #
    Chichi — April 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Those cupcakes are so cute Katrina

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — April 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    These are adorable!! I am in love with lemon this spring, and these sound so good!

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    Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe — April 8, 2014 at 6:48 am

    These are darling Katrina and lemon is my fav flavor for spring! Can’t wait to try them!

  10. #
    Medeja — April 8, 2014 at 7:09 am

    These cupcakes look super cute!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    These cupcakes are seriously the cutest daisy cupcakes.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I love the color yellow, I love cupcakes, and I LOVE lemon. I guess you could say these are my perfect cupcakes!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

    These are absolutely darling. I love that they take minutes to decorate.

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — April 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! So perfect for Easter entertaining!

  15. #
    leslie — April 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

    These are DARLING!!!!!!!

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    Kathy — May 2, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Katrina, I would like to know if you have a tip on cutting the marshmallows, When I try cutting into 5 slices they just squish up & stick to the knife. Thank you….:))

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      Katrina Bahl — May 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Kathy- you can try using clean/sanitized scissors and just cut them into 3 sections. Place the scissors in a glass of hot water every few times if the blades get sticky.

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    Kathy — May 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Katrina, Thank you so much it works like a charm :))

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      Katrina Bahl — May 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Great! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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