Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Lime Cupcakes w Cream Cheese Frosting  Addicted 2 DIYWith spring upon us (at least for some of us), I thought it was the perfect time to share one of my all-time favorite cupcake recipes.  If you read my Chocolate Covered Key Lime Pie post, you’ll know that my husband and I love the flavor of limes.  Of course, that would mean that we also love lime cupcakes!  Having had my own home-based cake business for several years has made me a bit of a cake snob.  I can’t stand don’t like the artificial flavoring you find in some cakes and cupcakes.  I once paid three dollars for a “margarita” cupcake that had zero margarita and all artificial lime flavoring.  It tasted like a green Life Saver and it took hours for me to get that taste out of my mouth.  I’m totally okay with green life savers.  Just not in a cupcake.

These cupcakes are baked with lime juice, lime zest and then are brushed with a lime simple syrup.  I made them for a BBQ this past weekend and one of my cousins admitted that he doesn’t really like cupcakes, but he loved these.  You don’t normally think of a cupcake as being refreshing, but these totally are!  They’re perfect for a spring party, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc.  Sometimes I even like to make them with coconut buttercream frosting for a tropical twist:)  All cupcake recipes say to fill the liners at 2/3 full.  The easiest way that I’ve found to do this is with an ice cream scoop {affiliate link}.  Not only does it save you from accidentally over or under filling your cupcake liners, but it makes the whole process go super fast!

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Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe type: Cupcakes
Serves: 18
Fresh lime flavored cupcakes topped with delicious cream cheese frosting
  • For the cake:
  • 4 oz (1 cup) cake flour
  • 4 oz (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1⅛ tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 10½ oz (1½ cups) granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup egg whites (about 4 eggs)
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) whole milk
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • ½ tbsp lime juice
  • Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 oz (1/2 of a bar) cream cheese
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the vanilla extract, lime juice, and lime zest and mix until combined.
  5. Pour in the egg whites and mix until thoroughly combined, scraping the bowl afterward.
  6. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk, scraping between additions. Do not overmix.
  7. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners and fill ⅔ full with the batter.
  8. Bake for 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. While the cupcakes are baking, make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from heat to let it cool. Once cooled, pour in the ¼ cup lime juice. Poke the cupcakes a few times with a toothpick and then brush with the simple syrup. I usually brush them two times.
  11. For the frosting, combine the butter and cream cheese in a mixer and slowly add the powdered sugar. Alternately add the milk 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. If desired, top with more lime zest. Enjoy!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I never thought of the waffle iron! That’s brilliant! I use it for chocolate chip cookies too. Then they are perfectly round:) I agree, limes and margaritas are some of my favorite things!


  1. […] There are a lot reasons I have a campaign going to get Katie to move in across the street from me. Her crazy baking skills would just be the icing on the cake. Sorry, I’m corny and I can’t help it!  Anyways, back to Katie, go check out her Lime Cupcake recipe! […]

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