Key-Lime Cupcakes

These Key Lime Cupcakes are a fun little change to your dessert. They taste like key lime pie, but they are in cake form, and I think they may even be better than the actual pie. If you are a lime fan, you need to make this recipe, asap.

I made these cupcakes for Mason’s birthday last year and they are absolutely delicious. They were a fun change to regular cupcakes.

Everyone thought these were a hit. Even the little kids loved them. As much as I love chocolate, it’s nice to take a step back for a while and experience some new desserts, because now Mason has requested these for his birthday this year.

Of course I say yes because they are simple, delicious, and take minutes to throw together.

If you are a key lime fan, or know of one, you need to make these stat. They are so yummy, and perfect for spring or summer (or really all year long).

The lime isn’t too strong, but just the perfect amount, that keeps the dessert tasting light and refreshing. It’s a must try, combination.

what frosting could i make if i don’t like cream cheese?

I don’t love this question, mostly because I am obsessed with cream cheese frosting and I could put it on anything, and it would become my favorite food.

However, I understand that if you don’t eat it, that leaves more for me, so I can’t be too upset.

If you are looking to switch up the frosting, we recommend trying our Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. It would taste amazing on these, and it’s just as easy, if not easier, to make.

recipe shortcuts:

Although the homemade version of this recipe is way more delicious than anything you could ever buy and make that is store bought and pre-packaged, you could easily simplify this recipe.

You could definitely use a lime cake mix, and cream cheese frosting, that you purchase at the store. We prefer the homemade stuff, but it is a great time saver and shortcut if you are looking for one.

We recommend just following the ingredients and instructions on the box, if you choose to go this route.

watch how to make another key lime favorite, here:

Did you know we have a Youtube Channel? We have hundreds of simple and delicious recipes, your family is going to love. We take you through each recipe, step by step, and show you exactly how to make them.

This 5 Minute Creamy Key Lime Pie is so yummy, and unbelievably easy to make. Watch how simple it is to make, here:

looking for more cupcake recipes? here are a few of our favorite:

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes
Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Orange Crush Cupcakes

Serves: 12

Key-Lime Cupcakes

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1cupall purpose flour
  • 3/4cupself-rising flour
  • 1/2cup(1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4cupsugar
  • 2large eggs
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated lime peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon neon green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 18-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin pan with 12 paper liners. Whisk both flours in medium bowl. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then next 3 ingredients (batter may look curdled). Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions. Spoon scant 1/3 cup batter into each liner.
  2. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.
  4. Beat all ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Spread over cupcakes.



72 cal


14 g


2 g
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