Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cupcakes!


It's Spring and I have a hankering for cupcakes. Last year at this time, I hosted a cupcake exchange with a few of my "Martha Stewart" friends. Every single one of them is a great entertainer and FABULOUS cook! If you have friends who love to cook, hosting an exchange is a lot of fun. It gives you an opportunity to have a party and try out several recipes at the same time. The only rule is that everyone must bring a copy of their recipe to share along with the finished product to taste.We spent the entire week before our exchange concocting new, and trying out old recipes. My favorite was one that I didn't even share at the exchange (I thought someone else might make them) --- Key Lime Cupcakes. If you love lime, you have to try these. I recently made them for a baby shower and they were a hit (with the citrus lovers).


If you give these a try, send me a post and let me know how you liked them!


Crystal's Key Lime Cupcakes

1 ½ sticks butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
¾ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lime juice (I use the large green limes, not key limes. I know what you are thinking ...why in the world did I call this recipe "key lime" when there are no key limes!!)
1 tablespoon grated lime zest (use a microplane for zesting)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cupcake tins holding 24 cups

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, lime zest and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, buttermilk lime juice and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to butter mixture than add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and beater often.Scoop batter into prepared cup cake tins about 2/3 full (an ice cream scoop works well for this). Bake cupcakes about 20 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.


Frosting

1 stick butter, softened and cut into 1 inch slices
3 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon milk or cream
Pinch salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Place the powdered sugar in the mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and beat to combine all the ingredients. Turn the mixture to medium and beat for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too dry, add more milk. If the frosting is too runny to pipe, add more powdered sugar.

1 comment:

Team Fifield said...

Oh my gosh! I have to try this! Yum. :)