I have a really cute summertime dessert to share with you today! Kennedy and I found some cute little sugared lime gummy candies at our local bulk foods store a few weeks ago and we knew we had to make some kind of limey cupcakey type thing to use them on. She had a PD day the other day, which is a day where the schools are closed, but the teachers still have meetings and training sessions, so she was home for the day and it was the perfect opportunity for some baking. I had actually forgotten that she would be home that day until I called her down to get ready for school that morning and she reminded me. Oops! It’s a good thing I work from home! We had to come up with something using what we had on hand in the baking pantry at home since it was kind of a last-minute thing, but I’m so happy with how these turned out! I don’t always share all of our little baking experiments here with you, but I couldn’t resist sharing these!
Here’s what you need!
-1 box of golden cake mix
-1 box of lime flavored Jello
-3/4 cup water
-1/3 cup lime juice (bottled=OK. We’re not being fancy here. This recipe has cake mix and jello for goodness sake, so just use what’s easy!)
-1/3 cup melted butter
-3 or 4 drops of green food coloring
-1 cup of powdered sugar mixed with 4-ish tablespoons of lime juice (for the glaze)
-your favorite buttercream frosting recipe or canned frosting
-lime candies for garnish (Here are some exactly like ours!)
Start out by dumping all of the ingredients together into a big bowl (except for the glaze ingredients and the frosting) and mix them together until smooth. If you’re using a stand mixer, mix on low for about 20 seconds with the paddle attachment and then on medium speed for 1-2 minutes. If you end up with something that looks like green slime, you’re on the right track! 🙂
Next, fill a mini cupcake pan with mini cupcake liners. This recipe will make about 72 mini cupcakes, but we just made one pan of 24 and then made the rest into a round cake that we froze for later.
Fill each mini cupcake paper about 3/4 full with batter. We poured all of our batter into a large size ziplock bag and then cut a 1/8″ hole into the bottom to make it a little easier to fill the cupcakes without a big mess.
Bake your cupcakes for about 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. When they come out, poke the top of each cupcake about 5 times with a toothpick and then apply about 1/2 teaspoon of the glaze to the top of each.
You can see that our glazing got a little out of control. What you see there in that photo is what you don’t want. Too much glaze will run down the outsides of the papers and make them sticky, which isn’t fun to pick up off a tray.
You really only need a tiny bit of the glaze, however it is necessary because it gives such a nice burst of tangy lime flavor. The lime flavor from the jello actually becomes quite soft and mild once it’s mixed into the cake mix so you need that extra bit of zesty-ness! I like to cool the cupcakes in the fridge to allow the flavor to soak in and for the glaze to set completely.
Once everything is cool, take a very small amount of frosting, maybe less than 1/2 a teaspoon for each cupcake and dab it on top, then place a sugared lime candy slice or other lime-themed cupcake decor on top. The frosting is really just the glue for the decor so don’t add too much because it can really overpower the nice fresh lime flavor.
And that’s it! These look so pretty on a buffet table and are the perfect refreshing little bite for the end of a big BBQ!
Do you have any other favorite lime recipes that you would use with these cute little lime slices?
More fun ideas like this!
- Pistachio pudding mix cookies (another cute green treat!)
- 3 Ingredient Banana Bread Recipe
- The cookie cut-out recipe that turns out perfectly every time
- Crock pot vanilla cantaloupe jam
- World’s best, plainest cookie
- Balsamic chocolate pots de creme
- S’mores dessert pizza
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