Friday, March 29, 2013

key lime cupcakes.

i agree - nom nom. 

so my mom asked for one lime at the market aaannnddddd the guy decided to sell her 12. yeah i don't know. so she came home with 11 extra limes. later i had a friend over, and we made key lime cupcakes. well, really they're just lime cupcakes, but oh well. 

we searched for a good cake recipe, and found one. we searched for an icing recipe, and found one. 

so here you are:


175g unsalted butter, softened

175g golden caster sugar (just throw your regular granulated sugar in a food processor and make it a bit finer)

3 medium eggs

175g self-rising flour

2 limes, zested

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp whole milk

1. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas. Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Whisk the butter and sugar with an electric whisk or beat with a wooden spoon until pale and creamy. Whisk in the eggs until just combined. Add the flour, lime zest, baking powder and milk. Whisk until fluffy.

2. Divide between the paper cases, filling them about two thirds full and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden and risen. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

*this isn't my recipe. about 2 of my cupcakes (out of 12) turned out weird. they got really fluffy and and then i cut into one, and they were hollow. they had baked on the edges and the top, but not in the middle. i don't know what happened. i think it was my self-rising flour substitute that messed it up. so i think y'all are out of danger. 

^comment below if you have questions about self-rising flour or subs etc

key lime icing

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt 

1 (16 oz.)package powdered sugar

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons milk

1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speet with an electric mixer until creamy. 

2. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with lime juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, and 1 tablespoon milk, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition. Beat in up to 1 tablespoon additional milk for desired consistency. 

^that's the recipe... but i like my stuff tangy. i kind of went crazy with the lime juice. i put in the 2 tablespoons and then, as my friend was stirring, i grabbed the lime and was like, "raahhhhhhhh katniss!!" and just squeezed a bunch of juice into the icing. she said, "carrie?" and i just acted like nothing happened and threw the lime peel in the sink. 

yes, i know. you wish you had our decorating skills. :P

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