It all started with some leftover key limes from a tablescape. I dig around in the cabinets and find a can of pineapple and in the fridge a package of unused cream cheese. I think cupcakes would be really good. I checked a few websites in my search engine and the ingredients matched up to these two recipes on http://www.wilton.com/. Somehow spur of the moment is a really nice surprise when it turns out this tasty. The cupcakes are very similar to Pineapple Upside Down Cake. They have chunks of pineapple and it is a very moist cake. The Key Lime Icing is amazing with the tart lime blended into the cream cheese, and to really bring out a tropical flavor I added 1 tsp. of coconut flavoring. If you have a summer birthday, these cupcakes are looking for a party!
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I was out of oil so I used butter.)
3/4 cup buttermilk ( You know how to create buttermilk w/o going to the store? Measure
out regular milk and put two tbsp of white vinegar in it.)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup of pecans (chopped), optional
Serves: 18 standard cupcakes
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil (or melted butter), buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir in sugar, pineapple, and if desired, nuts. Add flour mixture; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 20-25 min. or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 min. in pan on rack; then remove and cool completely then decorate.
Key Lime Cream Cheese Icing
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
8 ounces of cream cheese softened
2 tbsp key lime juice
1 tsp key lime zest
4-5 cups confectioner's sugar
* I added to this- 1 tsp imitation coconut flavoring. (Makes a huge difference in flavor.)
Makes: 3 cups.
In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, juice, and zest with electric mixer until light and fluffy. ( I also added here my 1 tsp of imitation coconut flavoring.) Add 4 cups confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time; continue beating until light and fluffy. If icing is too thin add additional confectioners' sugar 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.
I will join Michael Lee for Foodie Friday at her site Designs by Gollum. Please go over and check out all the great recipes everyone is cooking up.