Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lime Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Who doesn't love cupcakes? One of the best things about them-- besides the frosting and cute little liners which are like clothes for your dessert-- is that there are endless flavor combinations.  I like to try to think of my favorite flavors and if they would marry well as a cupcake.  I thought it would be fun to combine 2 of my favorite dessert flavors-- strawberry and lime-- and see if they would make a good cupcake.  I have a recipe for lime pound cake that I've made for years and its one of my favorite desserts so I knew the cake part would be good and I've made strawberry buttercream for other cakes but never combined the two.  I happened to have both strawberries and limes in the fridge so thought I'd have fun and play.

I ended up adapting a classic recipe I have for 1-2-3-4 cake (1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs) that is basically just your regular yellow cake that you see in many cookbooks.  I added lime juice and zest and omitted the vanilla.  I then added pureed fresh strawberries to my favorite recipe for vanilla buttercream from Magnolia's Bakery.  I was very happy with the beautiful pink color of the icing from the strawberries.  Its so nice when you achieve those results naturally without having to use food coloring.  Ah, the simple pleasures of life! :) I really liked how these turned out too.  The cake had a nice tang from the lime zest and it balanced out the sweetness of the strawberry buttercream! Overall yummy! I would make these again, especially as we get into the warmer months since they are light and refreshing.

For the Lime Cupcakes:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1/8 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. freshly grated lime zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare 2 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Blend butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes); add eggs 1 at a time beating after each addition.  Sift flour, salt and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients to wet, alternating with milk. Be careful not to overmix.  Add in lime juice and zest and mix.  Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake at 350 degrees about 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the Strawberry Buttercream:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
7-8 cups powdered sugar
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In a food processor place fresh or frozen strawberries and 1-2 Tbs. of powdered sugar if desired, puree the strawberries until there are no visible lumps. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add the butter, 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla.  On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.  Using a food strainer, slowly pour the strawberry puree into the mixing bowl until you reach your desired amount of strawberry flavor.  Start by adding the puree Tbs. by Tbs., taking care not to add to much or your icing will be runny.  I think I added about 1/4 of a cup by the end.  Then, add the remaining 3-4 cups of powdered sugar and blend until your icing is stiff enough that it will be able to spread on your cupcakes.  If you've added too much puree, just add a little more powdered sugar to make your icing more firm.  Finally, add a pinch of salt and blend.

Buttercream adapted from More from Magnolia


  1. These look so cute and yummy! I love your frosting!

  2. Lime and strawberry is such a great combination. I'm sure these are fantastic!

  3. Lime cupcakes are the best! Great recipe. Your buttercream sounds delicious :)

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  5. Adorable cupcakes! What a wonderful flavor combination...lime and strawberry. Delicious.

  6. Lovely cupcake liners... they match the color of your icing beautifully. And unusual but tempting flavors!
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  7. I love cupcakes! I will definitely make this one. thanks

  8. Ohhhh....these cupcakes look heavenly! I love that you used lime (I am sure I would love that lime poundcake)....your liners are lovely and perfect for these!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I just made it today and my family loved it! :)

  10. I discover something new with your recipe. Try adding a dash of cinnamon on your cupcakes halfway before it's done. It will have this very nice aroma and the icing will taste even better.

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  11. @Alexis- That's a great tip! I'll have to try that next time. I love cinnamon and think its great on pretty much anything! Thanks for sharing, I wouldn't have thought of that!

  12. Perfect for Sunday gathering and small events in long island country clubs. You could also pair this with white tea or brewed coffee or what ever you want to pair it with.


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