Key Lime Cupcakes

Key lime juice brings bold citrus flavor to cupcakes topped with both glaze and frosting.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 35 min
  • ingredients 14
  • servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1
box lemon cake mix
1
box (4-serving size) lime-flavored gelatin
3/4
cup water
1/3
cup Key lime juice
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
2
or 3 drops green food color, if desired

Glaze

1
cup powdered sugar
2
to 2 1/2 tablespoons Key lime juice

Frosting

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2
cups powdered sugar
Grated lime peel, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  • 2 Bake 19 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. With toothpick or wooden skewer, pierce tops of cupcakes in several places.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and enough of the 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice until glaze is smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle and spread glaze over cupcakes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in vanilla and 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar until mixed; beat on medium speed until fluffy. Frost cupcakes, mounding and swirling frosting in center. Garnish with lime peel. Store covered in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
    Calories
    260
    (
    Calories from Fat
    90),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    9g
    9%
    (Saturated Fat
    4g,
    4%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    40mg
    40%;
    Sodium
    200mg
    200%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    41g
    41%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    33g
    33%
    ),
    Protein
    2g
    2%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    4%;
    Iron
    2%;
    Exchanges:
    1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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