Lemon Etrog Cupcakes for Sukkot

Sukkot Lemon “Etrog” Cupcakes 
By Micah Siva

This recipe for Sukkot Lemon “Etrog” Cupcakes is a fun way to learn about the harvest holiday’s etrog and lulav. They’re designed to be made with young children, but we’re sure just about everyone will enjoy making or eating them.

Sukkot celebrates a bountiful harvest, and we celebrate by spending time with loved ones in a sukkah, a 3-walled shelter with a roof traditionally made of natural materials, like leaves, bamboo and branches. During Sukkot, we say blessings over an Etrog (citron) a lulav (palm fronds), myrtle and willow (learn all about why here). Sukkot is a fun and interactive family holiday whether or not you’re an experienced sukkah-builder or it’s your first time celebrating. You can spend time making an outdoor structure with a branch and thatched roof, decorate it with family-friendly crafts and enjoy meals as a family inside.

This year, enjoy these citrusy “etrog” cupcakes with a sprig of rosemary on top, symbolizing the lulav and lemon zest for the etrog. Take this opportunity to learn about these symbols as a family. And while everything is perfectly edible, your littles may prefer picking the pretty toppings off before digging in!

We’ve outlined sample tasks that children aged 18 months and up can help get involved with, but every child is different, so feel free to adapt it to whatever works best for your family. 

Makes 12 cupcakes


  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 stick, ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Zest of 2 lemons 
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Frosting (if you and your family love icing, feel free to double this recipe!)

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, plus some for garnish
  • Fresh rosemary, to garnish

Visit 18Doors for instructions on baking.

Booklet Section: Sukkot & Simchat Torah
Source: https://18doors.org/sukkot-lemon-etrog-cupcakes/