Key Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

For a tasty treat topped with deliciously tart cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes rock! Not to be undertaken on a whim though – this recipe calls for a lot of zest, so preparation may take a bit longer than usual.

Cupcake Ingredients
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ C sugar
1 ¾ C flour
2 large eggs
2 ½ Tbsp fresh key lime juice
1 Tbsp key lime zest
¾ C buttermilk
Green food coloring

Frosting Ingredients
8oz package cream cheese, room temperature
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Tbsp key lime zest
½ tsp vanilla
2 C powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp fresh key lime juice (as needed for consistency)

Directions

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.

Beat in eggs one at a time until just combined.

Add in key lime zest, juice, and food coloring (easy at first! You can always add more later)

Alternate adding in part of the flour, buttermilk, and remaining flour.

Divide batter into desired baking pan and bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (baking time depends on size of pan). Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.

Add in key lime zest and vanilla, beat until just combined.

Add in powdered sugar.

If needed, add in fresh lime juice until frosting reaches desired consistency.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from here.

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