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Today's Recipe - Quick & Luscious Key Lime Cupcakes

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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Quick & Luscious Key Lime Cupcakes

Posted by Maressa Brown on April 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

key lime cupcakeFor me, no warm weather dessert can ever come close to the key lime pie you can get on Key West. Maybe that's because the classic, luscious custard-like filling can really only be made right by using the key lime, which has a distinct kick to it. Thank goodness you don't have to be in Key West to find those limes. A DIY key lime dessert is totally doable -- just mix with condensed milk and eggs, top with meringue (my preference over whipped cream), and you're in business!

But because everything is cuter as a cupcake, how could a key lime aficionado not also adore key lime cupcakes? Especially vibrant green ones with fluffy cream cheese frosting that are done in less than a half hour? Nom! These will have you so ready for summer!

Key Lime Cupcakes from Bon Appetite

Ingredients:

  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon neon-green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

 

Frosting:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin pan with 12 paper liners. Whisk both flours in medium bowl. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth.
  2. Add sugar; beat to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then next 3 ingredients (batter may look curdled). Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions.
  3. Spoon scant 1/3 cup batter into each liner. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.
  4. For frosting: Beat all ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Spread over cupcakes.
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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SweetLuci
by Luci on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

In the introduction it talks about Key Limes-which are often very hard to get-even in Florida. And quite expensive. But then in the recipe it calls for lime juice, not Key lime juice. Key limes have a different flavor from regular limes. When I can't get Key limes, I use bottled Key lime juice, much better flavor than using regular limes. These cupcakes look really cute.

sweet_bumblbee
by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Yummy!! Looks good

Kimberly954
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

 I was about to make a very similar comment....I was going to ask "wheres the key lime at?" They are technically lime cupcakes. And I use bottled key lime juice as well most times.

Quoting SweetLuci:

In the introduction it talks about Key Limes-which are often very hard to get-even in Florida. And quite expensive. But then in the recipe it calls for lime juice, not Key lime juice. Key limes have a different flavor from regular limes. When I can't get Key limes, I use bottled Key lime juice, much better flavor than using regular limes. These cupcakes look really cute.

 

periwinkle163
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM

 I love key lime and regular lime desserts, they are so tangy and good.

mammapav
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Yummy

SweetLuci
by Luci on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

 And Key Lime juice isn't green, it's yellow. That's how you can tell if something labeled Key Lime is authentic or not-and it never has coloring added.-not in Florida anyway. Persian lime juice is green.

These are very pretty-I just think it would have been better if they hadn't miss-named them Key Lime Cupcakes.

Quoting Kimberly954:

 I was about to make a very similar comment....I was going to ask "wheres the key lime at?" They are technically lime cupcakes. And I use bottled key lime juice as well most times.

Quoting SweetLuci:

In the introduction it talks about Key Limes-which are often very hard to get-even in Florida. And quite expensive. But then in the recipe it calls for lime juice, not Key lime juice. Key limes have a different flavor from regular limes. When I can't get Key limes, I use bottled Key lime juice, much better flavor than using regular limes. These cupcakes look really cute.

 

 

goddess99
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Yum tfs

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