Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lemon-Lime Cupcakes

Lemon-lime cupcake with lime cream-cheese frosting
It's cold and dreary out today, like we're living inside a ping pong ball.  I'm finding myself gravitating towards tropical foods as winter drags on - tropical foods feel like sunshine. 

To combat the winter dreariness, I made lemon-lime cupcakes this morning.  I used a lemon-flavored cake mix and zipped it up a bit with fresh lime zest and juice.

Cold and blustery outside - warm and cozy inside
I made the cupcakes as directed along with a bit of lime zest.  After preparing the mix, bake in pans to make 12 or 24 cupcakes.  I made 12 large cupcake.

12 cupcakes, ready for the oven
These 12 large cupcakes baked for 20 minutes.

allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove from pan and continue to cool
Cream cheese frosting
I prepared lime frosting using a stick of butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese, juice of a lime, zest from the lime, plus enough powdered sugar to make a nice thick frosting. 

In a medium bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until combined.  Add lime zest and juice from the lime.  Mix to combine.

Continue to add powdered sugar.  I used a standard ice cream scoop to portion out the frosting for the 12 cupcakes.

I didn't do anything fancy, just used a knife to spread the frosting around a bit

Inside-out cupcake
Why did I not know about the inside-out cupcake?  This makes so much sense!  I'm watching my daughter break her cupcake in two horizontally and wondering what she's up to know?  And then I "see"!!! She turned the top upside down and now she has a cupcake sandwich!  According to Kathrin, "everybody" knows about this.  How about you, did you know?  I'm going to lay down now, I've just learned something new today!



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