Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

cherry limeade cupcakesAnyone else a big fan of cherry limeades? Mmmm….they’re one of our favorite drinks here, especially in the summer! So, why not put all those delicious flavors in a cupcake?! Hello awesome! Don’t they just look so tasty & fun?! They’re perfect for a party!

Cherry Limeade CupcakeAnd talk about the perfect combination of flavors! Homemade lime cupcakes topped with cherry buttercream icing. Seriously so good – like a sweet fruit flavor explosion! I love how bright & colorful these look – just so cheery! So, if you’re looking for a fun & different cupcake, give this one a try!

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
 
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Cherry limeade cupcakes - all the flavors of your favorite drink in a tasty dessert treat!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-14
Ingredients
LIMEADE CUPCAKES
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 8 T freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 3 T lime zest
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • (optional) Lime slices and/or maraschino cherry
  • (optional) Neon green and white paper straws
CHERRY BUTTERCREAM ICING
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Neon pink food gel
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325° and line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add whole eggs, one at a time, and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Add the vanilla, freshly squeezed lime juice and lime zest to the mixture and mix well.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt and cornstarch and mix well with a fork.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until well incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixed cupcake batter into the cupcake liners, filling ⅔ full.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans for first 10 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to complete cooling process.
  10. While cupcakes cool, prepare the icing in a medium bowl - add the butter and mix until light and fluffy.
  11. Add the cherry juice and almond extract and mix until well blended.
  12. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and mix until it reaches your desired consistency.
  13. Add a small amount of neon pink food gel until you reach a hot pink color.
  14. Frost cupcakes
  15. Slice a lime and garnish each cupcake with ½ of a slice & a cherry if desired.
  16. (optional) Cut 6 paper straws in half and insert into each cupcake.
  17. ENJOY!

 ENJOY!

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