Lime Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

Raspberry buttercream frosting adds some sweetness to these tart lime cupcakes!

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I’ve been sitting on these cupcakes for almost a month now.  I actually made them for my own birthday.  Typically I buy myself a rich, luxurious opera cream cake for my birthday.  That cake is the only cake we eat that hasn’t been made by me. It’s a gorgeous cake, but a little on the expensive side.  I’ve been feeling cheap lately and decided that cake was an expense I could do without.  Yes, it’s for my birthday and I’m totally worth it.  But, I’d rather put that money towards something more useful like another pair of Toms (my booty agrees with this plan).

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting is sweet and creamy and perfect fro tart lime cupcakes! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Lime is not a flavor I normally gravitate towards.  I tend to prefer key lime (only slightly different I suppose).  However, I wanted a cupcake with bold flavor and a strong visual impact.  I think these cupcakes fit that description, don’t you?  I did add coloring to the cupcake because I wanted a contrast in colors, however, next time I’ll probably leave that out.  The buttercream frosting is intensely raspberry.  I made a raspberry simple syrup which I then used to infuse my buttercream frosting.  That syrup is fabulous!  I can see adding that to all sorts of beverages, as a drizzle for desserts, pancakes, my coffee….

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Raspberry Syrup

These lime cupcakes with that gorgeously pink raspberry buttercream frosting might become my new birthday cupcake.  The tart/sweet combo works amazingly well.  These are girly and fun and taste superb!  They are so good, they may become the official birthday cupcake for each member of the Lulu household whether they like it or not!  It’s baker’s choice around here!  After seeing how quickly these disappeared, the only argument I’ll hear is over who gets the last cupcake!  That’s an easy fix: me.

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting is sweet and creamy and perfect fro tart lime cupcakes! www.lemonsforlulu.com

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Lime Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting
 
Ingredients
For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 limes zested
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
For the frosting.
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup raspberry simple syrup
For the syrup
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups raspberries.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 baking pans and set aside.
  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer combine butter and sugar and mix until creamy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a bowl combine milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Beat in flour and milk, alternating between the two, but ending with the flour mixture. Stir in lime zest and lime juice.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop divided batter among cupcakes cups. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting: In a mixer, beat butter and shortening until creamy. Carefully add in powdered sugar one cup at time. Add the salt. Slowly stream in syrup until frosting is the desired constancy, adding more of necessary.
  5. For the syrup, in a saucepan combine sugar and raspberries. Bring just to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  6. Once syrup has cooled, drain through a mesh strainer. Store in a jar for one week.

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27 Responses

  1. Love the photos! Gorgeous!

  2. Very nice looking cupcakes for a beautiful dessert. Blessings, Catherine

  3. I never would have thought to put that lime/raspberry combo together in a cupcake. Genius!

    • I loved the flavors together, thank you Chrissy!

  4. They look lovely, raspberry is one of my favourite flavours. I agree, I don’t think the cakes need to be green but the colour contrast is fun.

  5. I am loving the flavor combination. I don’t use limes in baking nearly enough! And, happy belated birthday!

    • I don’t use regular limes often enough!

  6. These look delicious! Just pinned them so I can make them later! Stopping by from the Six Sisters Strut Your Stuff Party :)

  7. These look amazing! I love lime flavored sweets:) Pinned!

    Hopped over from Cast Party Wednesday.

  8. Beautiful! Sound absolutely delicious! I’ve been craving something lime. Love the addition of the raspberry frosting.

  9. Cindy

    These were fantastic, the lime was delicious!

    • Thank you Cindy! I loved the lime too!

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