My First Recipe! Lime Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Okay, so the title is a little bit of a lie. I didn’t make the recipe, I modified a vanilla cupcake recipe from http://www.joyofbaking.com

I was bored of the sweet potato pie (that T- demanded I make every week with puppy dog eyes mixed with random growls — honestly, I feared for my life), and I had done the crepes. So what next? Well, it’s spring in Texas, so with the rain and the ominous waves of humidity that are creeping up on San Antonio, comes a strong desire for citrus…lemons, oranges, sweet lemons, clementines, tangerines, tangelos, and the long forgotten lime.

But I wanted cupcakes…I wanted citrus…and cupcakes…and citrus…and cupcakes, ergo…Lime Cupcakes! So I got some organic limes…zested them, juiced them…made some lime cupcakes with lime cream cheese!

Lime Cupcakes with the Lime Cream Cheese Frosting on the side

 

So before, there were twelve cupcakes…and now there are only five. I don’t know how long they’ll last. Me, T-, and his mother A- are going through them…and we gave the neighbor two of them…much to my chagrin. I’m planning to make them again for a St. Patty’s Day party…and perhaps even add a little green dye? Who know…the possibilities are endless.

Lime Cupcakes: 

.75 cup of butter
.67 cup white granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1.5 cups of all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
.25 tsp salt
.25 cup milk
Zest of two limes
Juice of 1 lime

Cream together the sugar and butter by hand or hand blender.
Then cream in one egg at a time.
Stir in the lime zest and add in vanilla extra.
Mix in the lime juice.
In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
Stir in the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.
Put the batter into pre-greased cupcake pans, or pre-lined.
Put in oven at 350F, for 12-15, or until toothpick inserted into the middle of one comes out clean

Meanwhile, make the Lime Cream Cheese Frosting.

1/2 cup butter at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese frosting
1.5 cup confectioner’s sugar (this is malleable, depending on how sweet you like it)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 limes worth of lime juice
2 limes zested

Cream together butter and cream cheese.
Add in zest and lemon juice and vanilla.
Add in sugar to taste, and mix it all together!

Close up of the cupcakes…you can see the zest flecks in the frosting

 

Frosting itself…it’s really good to eat just with a spoon

 

And another cupcake picture

Trust me — these go fast.


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