Monday, August 29, 2011

Key Lime Cupcakes with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting and a Twist

I am finally posting the Key Lime Cupcake recipe from Cherise's shower.  These cupcakes have a smooth graham cracker batter with the cool. creamy Key Lime filling marbled into the graham cracker batter, so your cupcake will look like the when baked.

You get a taste of the graham cracker batter and Key Lime filling in every bite. Then these yummy cupcakes are frosted with Key Lime Cream Cheese frosting, and dusted with a few graham cracker crumbs

Key Lime Cupcakes -Makes about 24 Adapted from Stef @Cupcake Project

1/2 C. butter (room temperature)
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1C. milk
1 C flour
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/8 t salt (I didn't add)
3 egg yolks
1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c Key Lime Juice( I used Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime juice)

1. Beat butter for about 30 seconds until creamed
2. Add sugar and mix for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, being sure to beat for 30 seconds after each egg.
4. Use the food processor or potato masher, or rolling pin to grind the graham cracker   crumbs into tiny crumbs and powder.
5. Sift flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and powder, and salt if used.
6. Add about 1/4 of the mixture to the butter mixture.
7. Add some of the milk.
8. Continue to add the ingredients in a dry-wet method, ending with the dry ingredients.
9. Mix until just combined.
10. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and the key lime juice. Mixture should not be green. Lime juice is not green.
11. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full with graham cracker batter. Spoon about 1 T of key lime filling on top of graham batter and swirl with a knife.
12. Bake at 350 for 20 min, or until top springs back.

Key Lime Cream frosting

1 8 oz package cream cheese( room temperature)
1/4 C butter (room temperature)
4 C powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 T Key lime juice ( I used Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime juice)
zest of 6 Key limes, depending how may cupcakes you have to decorate.
½ cup fine graham cracker crumbs to sprinkle

1. Mix butter and cream cheese.
2. Beat in powdered sugar and Key Lime juice, and zest, until desired consistency.
3. Frost cupcakes, and sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the frosted cupcakes, and refrigerate, until serving time.

** Here is a tip for picking a ripe, juicy limes. The best limes have a shiny, smooth peel, and are soft, but they don't have to be completely green.

Now, I took a quick trip to Minnesota with my husband to see his son and family.  We had a great time.  On Saturday, we went to a lake party "up north" of St. Paul, complete with kids and dogs.

Elliot rowing

Lake Chisago (no I didn't misspell Chicago!)
My husband, his son, rowing and Jasper the dog, !
Eventually, everybody ended up in the canoe, even Jasper.


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.
    This is a really unique recipe in that the key lime filling is baked in to a graham cracker batter. Most key lime cupcakes just are cake that tastes like lime. Bookmarked this impressive recipe-yum!

  2. Beata- these cupcakes are delicious and bride-to-be approved!

    Katrina- There were about 7 dogs playing frisbee in the water. It was a a blast, just to watch them.

    Tina-Thank you for your kind words. These cupcakes are so good.

  3. What a treat! These look just amazing. I love the swirl of filling too. And your pictures of the water were just lovely. Thank you for taking the time to share yourself and your creativity with me. It brightens my day (and many others'). I hope you have a blessed evening, my friend!

  4. graham cracker batter! That is soooo awesome! Hi Becky! I can always count on a stellar cupcake recipe from you - love the pics....~megan

  5. Monet- thank you for your kind words. I hope that your temps have cooled off.

    Megan-Thank you! These cupcakes are so good!

  6. What pretty cupcakes, Becky! I think these would be a huge hit at my house...pinning!!

  7. Oh, look at that wonderful key lime goodness! And cream cheese frosting? It's my favorite. You've hit on all the things I love in cake, Becky.

    I also adore seeing the pictures of the family. So how much did everyone love it when Jasper shook himself out after getting in the canoe? :)

  8. looks soo good.. loved the family photos..

  9. What a great time! It looks like you had so much fun...these cupcakes are heaven Becky!! I would gobble so many of those up...I wouldn't be able to stop myself haha

  10. It looks like you had great weekend and those cupcakes look and sound so tasty!!! Love your key-lime cream frosting..yum!!!Thanks for sharing your photos!!!

  11. Wendy-Thank you for your sweet words.

    Christiane- These cupcakes are wonderful. Besides Jasper, there were 9 other dogs of varying sizes, shaking them selves dry, so there were a lot of people getting the mist;)

    Yesim- These cupcakes are so good!

    Raven- Everybody did have a good time, and the kids and the dogs were the hits of the party, besides the food and beer.

    Sandra-Thank you for your wonderful comments.
    The cupcakes are yummy.

  12. Tiffany- These are a different version of most Key Lime cupcakes, but soo good!

  13. Love the idea of graham cracker batter here, sounds wonderful with the key lime filling and frosting, yum!

  14. Natasha,
    the graham cracker batter with the Key lime filling swirled make the cupcake unique and delicious!

  15. Oh, I love the photo of wet Jasper in the boat...too cute. And these cupcakes sound amazing, Becky!!! I need an excuse to make them (hubby does not like lime :(!!!)

  16. What beautiful cupcakes! Yum!

    Looks like you had a great trip!

  17. Sounds like you had a great time. I would love to have a cupcake or two.

    I still plan on posting about the 7 links. Sorry for the delay.

  18. Love your cupcakes and your trip to the lake! Brings back memories of when I visited my cousins in MN and they took me to a lake. Looks like a super fun day, and the cupcakes look delicious!

  19. Yum! I just bought some key limes!


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