Let the summertime fun begin!
This week I am all about baking. Let me get even more specific: baking cupcakes. Wait, I can get even more specific. Baking summertime flavor cupcakes!
There are a few “flavors” that come to mind when I think about the warmth and fun of summer. Drinking a refreshing limeade is one of them!
I have to tell you, this cupcake is heavenly. I adapted it from Sprinkles Key Lime recipe, (very small adaptations! There is a reason she has a successful cupcake empire!) and am completely smitten. The crumb is delicate, the texture is soft and the flavor is subtle, yet bold.
Well, that makes no sense. It’s subtle until you add the secret weapon of flavor!
Right after the cupcakes come out of the oven, brush on some extra lime juice. I made some with this method and some without and absolutely loved the extra little zing that it gives the final cupcake.
I also made some with lime zest sprinkled over top but did not like that as much. It was a tad overpowering and didn’t add anything to the cupcake texture-wise. So a lone cherry it is!
Let the summertime fun begin!
- 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour sifted
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
- 1/2 c 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 c sugar
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 1/2 c whole milk room temperature
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. lime juice divided
- 1 tbsp. lime zest
- 3 c powdered sugar confectioners sugar
- 1/2 c 1 stick butter
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 1/4 c maraschino cherry juice
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffins tins. (This recipe yielded 15 muffins for me.)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.
Add in vanilla, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Remove from mixer then fold in lime zest with spatula.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes.
- Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack.
- Use pastry brush to brush remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice over the top of the cupcake.
- Let cupcakes cool completely and dry before topping with cherry frosting.
In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add almond flavoring and cherry juice continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more juice if needed for spreading consistency
Tips for success:
I bought a jar of cherries and then simply placed them on the cupcakes before serving. However, I would recommend removing the cherries from the juice and placing on a paper towel prior to placing. Doing that will ensure that the cherry juice doesn’t drip into the frosting and all over the place. I only recommend this for appearance sake; if you like the extra cherry juice flavor then ignore.
If you want extra extra lime juice flavor you can poke holes into your cupcakes with a toothpick before brushing on lime juice.
I used a 1E tip from Bakery Crafts to pipe the frosting onto these cupcakes.
I completely adore these simple and fun cupcakes and hope you will too!
If you love creative and beautiful creations (dang I am humble, huh?) , be sure to get my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!