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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)

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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Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

A classic flavor that never fails to delight, especially with the tasty combination of cinnamon and cream cheese on top. Recipe from Sprinkles!

Cake ingredients
1 ½ C flour
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg (less if dried)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 C brown sugar
¾ C vegetable oil
¼ C buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 large carrots, finely grated (about 1 ¾ C grated)
1/3 C chopped toasted walnuts (I chopped first, then toasted)

Frosting ingredients
8oz cream cheese
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/8 tsp salt
3 ¾ C powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla

Directions

Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat together the brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla on medium-high until smooth, about 1 minute.

Add in half the flour mixture, then the carrots and walnuts, and the remaining flour mixture. Beat until just combined after each addition.

Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (varies depending on the size of the pan).

For the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, butter and salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Gradually add in powdered sugar and beat until just incorporated.

Add in cinnamon and vanilla, beat until blended.

Slather on copious amounts of frosting, and enjoy!

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