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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes


This is a recipe I saw on pinterest had to make. The original recipe is from tablespoon.

Ingredients:
-lemon cake mix
-eggs 
-oil (both according to the package directions)
-juice from 1/2 a lime
-lime gelatin **
-small store bought cheesecake

-cream cheese frosting (about half a tub)
-key lime yogurt (about half a small container)
-1 Tbsp powdered sugar
-1 tsp lime juice

** Note from Alecia: Gelatin isn't vegetarian, margarita mix is a great way to get the lime flavor, just add a little green food coloring to make the cupcakes green. You can find my margarita cake recipe which uses that trick here.

Mix the lemon cake mix according to the package directions.
Add in the lime juice and gelatin.
The original recipe said you could add some green food coloring,
but my batter was pretty green, and the finished cupcakes had
a perfect color just from the gelatin without adding anything.
Fill a the cupcake liners about 1/3 of the way.
Spoon out a small piece of the cheesecake into each cupcake.
Fill the rest of the way with the batter.
Mine didn't really get any bigger when they cooked, so fill
them generously.
Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.
This makes 24 cupcakes, but I ran out of liners so I had a few less.
Mix the frosting, yogurt, powdered sugar and a little bit of lime juice.
Once the cupcakes cool top them with frosting.
I garnished with a small slice of the lime and some lime zest.

Everyone I shared this with really liked it, it was definitely a hit, and it was without a doubt the best cupcake I've ever made. The lemon and lime makes the cupcake taste a little lighter, not overly sweet. I really liked the green in the cupcake, it really made it something different. Everyone also agreed that the best part of this cupcake was definitely the yogurt frosting.

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