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Monday, December 3, 2007

Key Lime Cupcakes

Originally uploaded by icecreamb4dinner

Ok, I made these a very long time ago. A million years ago to be exact. But I've been super busy. I figure, better late than never, right? Especially with these cakies, it'd be doing them a horrible injustice to not post them. They were absolutely delicious, and stayed moist. One of Daniel's coworkers said, "This is the best thing I ever put in my mouth". They were that good.

We had still never used any of that beautiful key lime juice from my trip to Key West in the beginning of September, so when searching King Arthur Flour's website (our new bible for baking) for a recipe to make, we kept key lime juice in mind. We stumbled upon these "Fairy Cakes" as they called them. The only thing we did different from
the original recipe
was to make it key lime instead of regular lime, and make the frosting key lime flavored as well.

"Fairy Cakes" or Key Lime Cupcakes:
3/4 c butter, soft
3/4 c sugar
1 Tablespoons lime zest
1 1/2 c King Arthur unbleached ap flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 Tablespoons key lime juice
1/4 c milk
3 lg eggs

Preheat to 375
Lightly grease cupcake pan, no paper liners.
Cream the butter, sugar, and zest until fluffy.
Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together, and beat into butter mixture until a paste forms.
Stir in key lime juice and milk.
Add eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl between each one.
Final batter should be nice and light and fluffily.

Bake ~18 minutes, or until slightly golden brown, tops spring back when touched lightly or until toothpick test comes back clean. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes, then remove from pan to cool completely.

Here is our version of the
Vanilla Key Lime Frosting:
2/3 c butter, soft
1/8 tsp tsp salt
4-5 c confectioner's sugar
~1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp key lime juice
1/4 - 1/3 c milk
green food coloring

Beat butter and salt until fluffy.
Add 2 c of the sugar and beat slowly until well blended.
Add the vanilla, half the milk, and the key lime juice. Beat.
Continue mixing in sugar and milk alternately until completely mixed in.
Add green food coloring and beat until light and airy.

One of the funniest things happened as a result of baking these cakelets. My father is a food broker and has Betty Crocker as one of his clients. The green food coloring I used was a new item of theirs, neon food coloring, and the sprinkles were from a Barbie line of cake/cupcake decorations they had put out a while ago. I sent my Dad a picture of the cupcakes for fun, showing the products of theirs that I used. The picture got sent around to various peoples at Betty Crocker, and within a week I got a nice little certificate of achievement for creativity and skill in decorating with a little picture of my cakeys on it.


Anonymous said...

These cupcakes are perfect and easy to make... I didn't have lime zest so used lime marmalade instead and it was lovely. I frosted them with coconut icing. I unfortunately ate 3 of them before my beau even made it home!

Stephanie said...

They were quite amazing... I actually have plans to make them again within the next few days with a key lime custardish filling, and some graham cracker crumbs for a real pie feel. Lime marmalade sounds like a wonderful substitute. Did you make it yourself or buy it? I've never even seen it!

Joni said...

I made these tonight, not sure if I did something wrong...they were pretty heavy, and I thought the frosting was too buttery. I will probably try a coconut frosting, too. The lime flavor was subtle.

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry to hear that, Joni! I made these quite a long time ago, but I remember people really enjoying them. I actually used the recipe right off of King Arthur Flour's website with very few changes. Baking is fickle, one person's dream dessert is another's garbage! Better luck next time!

Lara said...

I made these cupcakes for a bridal shower last weekend and filled them with key lime pie filling. I topped them with a cream cheese icing (with lime of course). It was my very first attempt at gourmet cupcake making, and they turned out great! They were a huge hit at the shower. Everyone asked me where I bought them! Thanks for sharing :)


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