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Spice Cake Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

If you’ve ever wondered what coffeecake would taste like covered in deliciously sweet frosting, then this is the recipe for you!

Cake ingredients
1 ¼ C packed brown sugar
½ C granulated sugar
2/3 C shortening
2 ¼ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp allspice
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 C chopped pecans

Frosting ingredients
½ C butter
1 C packed brown sugar
¼ C milk
2 ½ C powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla

Cupcake directions

Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and allspice)

Cream together shortening with both sugars

Add in eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk

Add in dry ingredients, beat until just combined

Stir in chopped pecans with a spatula

Bake at 350 (bake time depends on size of pan)

Frosting directions

Melt the butter over low heat

Add in brown sugar and stir constantly for 2 minutes

Add in milk and bring to a rolling boil

Remove from heat and gradually whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth

(Add more powdered sugar or more milk for desired consistency)

Slather on copiously (this frosting don’t look pretty)


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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)


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.


Recipe adapted from here.

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