First of all: I am aware that these lemon lime cupcakes are hideous. I tried to make it better and then I just… made it worse. I’m learning to bake, I need
a lot of some time! That being said, I think that lemon and lime is a great flavour for cupcakes. And for me experimenting this was quite nice, too.
I made these cupcakes for my boyfriends’ birthday. I was afraid we would end up eating everything if I made a large cake, which made me decide to do cupcakes instead. And then I made twelve cupcakes. Errm…
So, my boyfriend’s birthday. I wanted to make our weekend super special as he’s been working so hard at his internship and I love him (a lot), which makes me want to make things special always. I made him these cakes, a very nice meal on Friday (pizza fries!) a big breakfast on the morning of his actual birthday (see picture here), we went out for dinner on Saturday and saw a movie on Sunday… Busy weekend!
I’m sure he felt like a real birthday boy.
Lemon lime cupcakes
I sort of made this recipe up myself, as I am incapable of “simply” following a recipe. I took the base of Beaming Baker’s funfetti Cupcakes (go check her out, she’s awesome!) and added zest and juice of both a lime and a lemon. Are you ready to see what I did?
As I said I adapted Beaming Baker’s recipe, and I’ll post it here as us Dutchies like recipes in grams. (We don’t have a clue how much goes into a cup!)
If I make these cakes again I’m going to try them with cream cheese frosting instead of the buttercream. I think I would prefer the creaminess of the cheese… Like in my all time favourite recipe for carrot cake!
- Flour, 160g
- Sugar, 100g
- Baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon
- Baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon
- Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
- Butter (room temperature), 120g
- Egg, 1 whole
- Egg white, 1
- Butter milk, 120 ml
- Lemon, 1 (3 teaspoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest)
- Lime, 1 (2 teaspoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest)
- Butter (room temperature), 160g
- Powdered sugar, 150-200g
- Buttermilk, 2 tablespoons
- Lemon/lime zest (a teaspoon each, or more)
- A cupcake pan
- Cupcake liners
- A piping bag (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Fill the cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
- Start by mixing the flour, baking powder and baking soda. After you've done this you add the salt.
- In a separate bowl, preferably a food processor, whisk your egg white until fluffy. This takes around 4-5 minutes, depending on the device you are using. Scoop into a small bowl and set aside.
- Now add the butter and sugar to the food processor or bowl and mix well.
- Add the egg and lemon juice + zest* and mix again.
- Now start adding the dry ingredients you mixed and the buttermilk, slowly. I would suggest switching between adding a bit of the flour and the buttermilk until everything is well incorporated in the mixture.
- Tip from the Beaming Baker: don't overmix the batter! This will make the cupcakes tougher.
- Now fold the egg white into the batter.
- Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. I would suggest two spoonfuls per liner.
- Place this in the oven and bake them for 25 minutes.
- Take out of the pan and let them cool down completely.
- When the cupcakes are cooled down, you can start making your frosting.
- Place the butter in a bowl and whisk for a few minutes.
- Start slowly adding the sugar, buttermilk and lemon/lime zest.
- You'll want to beat this until fluffy, which takes a few minutes**.
- Spoon the cream into a piping bag.
- Spread onto the cupcakes in small circles. (Or like little drops, or stripes, who knows!)
- If you don't have a piping bag you can simply use a spoon to smooth the mixture.
- *: it's a matter of taste how much lemon/lime juice/zest you'd like to use, but I used quite a lot. Around 5 teaspoons for a nice lemony flavour.
- **: if the buttercream is too dry you can add some more buttermilk. If it's too watery, add some additional sugar.
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You can do all sorts of fun things with lemons and limes. Who says you have to turn them into lemon lime cupcakes?