Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Minature Key Lime Cupcakes

Time files so quickly and this is our 13th bake-along with my two brilliant baking buddies, Lena, from Frozen wings and Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. These bake-alongs have been great opportunities for me to broaden my baking horizon. I really enjoy baking for all our past bake-alongs and love sharing our baking ideas and recipes with my friends.

The book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild is recommended by Lena when she first bought this book. These cupcakes are the first item that I've baked this gigantic book.

When I first read the recipe, I had a short list of dos and don'ts for these cupcakes.

  • I didn't like the idea of my lime cupcakes to be too green in colour but conversely, I want my lime cupcakes to have a greenish lime identity.
  • I want these cupcakes to be light and refreshing...just like a typical fizzy lime drink would taste.
  • I want to have attractive cupcakes but didn't want the cupcakes to be overwhelmed with decorations. Just simple and pretty.
Eventually, this is what I did...

My key lime cupcakes were baked in smaller bite-sizes. Inspired by light and fizzy cocktails with sugars coated on the rims of the glasses, my cupcakes were served with a lighter version of cream cheese frosting and lightly decorated with well-infused lime sugar on the rims of my cupcakes.

I'm happy with the way that I made these cupcakes...

key lime cupcakes 

key lime cupcakes
Decorating these mini cupcakes...
A closer-look of my lime sugar
Here's the recipe from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild
(with my modification in blue)

make 12 standard size cupcakes

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp finely grated lime peel
1/4 tsp neon green food colouring (optional - I didn't add this)
3/4 cup buttermilk

Frosting (please see below for my modification)
1 1/2 powdered sugar
1 8 ounce package Philadelphia-brand cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tbsp finely grated lime peel
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 standard (1/3 cup) muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk both flours in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then lime juice, lime peel, and food colouring. if using. (Batter may look curdled.) Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternatively with buttermilk in 2 additions. Spoon scant 1/3 cup batter into each liner.

Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 20-25 min. Cool 10 min in pan. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely.

Frosting: Using electric mixer, beat all ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Spread over cupcakes.

For my mini-sized cupcakes:

  • I have used 1/2 of the cupcakes recipe to bake 21 of these mini-sized cupcakes.  
  • The cupcakes were baked at 160°C (fan forced) for 12-15 min.
Extra light cream cheese frosting for 21 mini cupcakes:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
80g Philadelphia-brand extra light cream cheese, room temperature

Lime sugar:
1/2 tsp finely grated lime rind
3 tbsp caster sugar
a tint of green colouring gel (I use Wilton brand)
All well-mixed and rubbed with finger tips and well-infused for more than 24 hrs

To assemble:
Spread the cream cheese frosting over the completely cooled cupcakes and coat the rim of the icing with the lime sugar.

Happy Baking

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  1. Your miniature cupcake looks beautiful, Zoe! I like the idea of the lime sugar, must have really smell wonderful from the lime zest and looks pretty too!
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  2. The minature cupcakes standout with the lime sugar coating! Talking about lime make me drooling :)

  3. i love vanilla and lemon sugar, so lime sugar sounds absolutely fantastic as well! love the way you decorated these cupcakes - they really are reminiscent of magheritas :D

  4. WOw! So festive looking and I have baked key lime cake with cream cheese frosting before, so I these are delicious!

  5. Zoe, your key lime cuppies look so cute and refreshing. I don't mind to have 2 pieces please!
    Have a nice day.

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  7. They seem amazing!!!I wish I had some now with my coffee!And I love their vivid color!Kisses,dear!

  8. Zoe, your mini cupcakes look so tempting, I dun think I can finish at one! :)
    the lemon infused sugar is a great idea, thks for sharing :)

  9. zoe, i think the lime sugar that you put in here really makes them special in terms of appearance and bite. Cool!

  10. Love this yellow/green colour is so wonderful!!

  11. These are so cute bite-size cupcakes. Lime sugar seems an interesting idea. Have a nice day, Zoe.

  12. They are full of color and I can immagine that they are full of flavor as well. Lime in cakes makes them more interesting don't you think?

  13. Cute looking adorable cupcakes,love that lime sugar coating..

  14. You are so talented; I bet they must be as good as they look; your coating really makes them special.

  15. That lime sugar really looks pretty . It will add a more interesting taste with it's sweet yet tangy flavor when added to that cupcake :)

  16. lemon makes me salivate and your pictures make me crave all the more.
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  17. I always love the idea to bake in mini cuppies. Easy to eat, however sometimes worst, you just don't realise how many you already putting in the mouth hahahaha ..... Yours look very pretty drooling :)

  18. Wow ! Your pictures alone looks so delicious ! You sure can make a cupcake look sexy.

  19. yours sound better thought, small cupcake and feel so handy, you have made it so special, well done!

  20. Pretty nice lime sugar cupcake..sweet with tangy lime flavor.

  21. I love lime. I saved these to try out later. I love the lime sugar as well, very nice touch.

  22. I really admire you, Lena and Joyce with your energy and effort in all the bake-a-longs. All your recipes are so yummy. I like the colour of your cupcakes.

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  25. Zoe these are lovely,lovely,lovely:)

  26. Oh wow! Love the look of these bright cupcakes. Lime is such a perfect compliment to sugar :)

  27. Sitting here knowing thatbitsbfreezing outside, these cupcakes make it feel like summer! :)

  28. I love the bright colour of your lime sugar :) and how you decorated your cupcakes! I didn't realise how small these cupcakes actually were until I noticed the lime right beside it!

  29. Lime sugar sounds amazing! Those cupcakes look so pretty!

  30. These cupcakes look so cute, like the green colour of the lime sugar.

  31. I'm a sucker for anything fizzy - I just love the fresh zingy lime in your cupcakes.

  32. Perfect flavors - what a fantastic treat -
    Mary x

  33. Very cute cupcakes, and the lime sugar has an amazing color!

  34. very creative with the lime sugar zoe!...and the sugar coated glass idea :D
    i bought the same brown coloured cupcake liner this week...cant wait to do something with it too :)