Two lonely limes. Just sitting there in my produce basket. Looking back at me for over a week. Poor little limes. They felt so neglected. I could tell. I’m sensitive like that.
Those limes were originally destined for pico de gallo, or salsa, or something with a southwestern flair. I don’t know how they wound up in cupcakes in the middle of winter! I know it’s probably a totally inappropriate time of the year to be making Lime Cupcakes. I think of lime desserts for summer time, don’t you? But those little limes just needed some lovin’ so here’s what I did with them.
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350. Line your muffin pans with 12 paper liners and set them aside. Zest and juice the limes.
By the way – do you have one of those microplane zesters? It’s the best and easiest way to zest a lime. Or a lemon or an orange for that matter. If you don’t have one, run right out and get yourself one today. You’ll thank me later.
Whisk both the flours together in a medium bowl and set it aside for now. Beat the butter in a large bowl until smooth. Then add the sugar and beat it until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the next 3 ingredients. Don’t worry if the batter looks sort of curdled at this point. That’s okay. See the photos below. The one on the left is before the flour and buttermilk were added.
Beat in the flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour.
Spoon 1/3 cup of the batter into each liner. Isn’t that the prettiest lime green? These cupcakes bake up to a slightly golden color on the outside, but the inside – wow – beautifully limey. Bake until a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and cool them completely.
For the frosting, beat all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth. Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.
More cupcake recipes you might enjoy:
- Snowball Cupcakes from Baking A Moment
- Sangria Cupcakes from The First Year
- Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes from Inspired Taste
- Chocolate Mint Cupcakes from Simply Recipes