Strawberry Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I was a bit wary about the combination of strawberry and lime in a cupcake but I decided to give it a go anyway. What a fantastic surprise! The freshness of the two flavors is a winning combination! The lime flavor was not overpowering and really complemented the strawberries nicely. I kept these in the fridge just until serving time, which turned out to be a great move. I served them on one of these excruciatingly hot Boston days and the coolness of the cake and the frosting really enhanced the freshness of the flavors.  The cream cheese frosting continues to speak for itself.  If you haven’t tried it yet I have only two words: you must!

Here are some other recipes using cream cheese frosting. (I promise–your friends and family will thank you!)

Strawberry Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 pound (1 stick) butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice (about one lime)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest (about one lime)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Fill one cupcake pan with liners.

In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the vanilla, strawberries, lime juice, and lime zest into the mixture.

Fill the cupcake liners 1/2 – 3/4 full. Bake for 26-30 minutes, or until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan for ten minutes and finish cooling on wire rack before frosting.

Adapted from recipe found in Crazy About Cupcakes by Krystina Castella.

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9 Responses

  1. These look absolutely amazing!! Strawberry and lime is the perfect summer combo (add in some mint and I’m in heaven!). I’m super impressed by how beautiful the frosting looks, especially considering the sweltering weather!

  2. I’m a huge cream cheese frosting fan too 🙂 I would have never thought to put strawberries and lime together in a cupcake – love it!

  3. Those look amazing! I LOVE cream cheese frosting 😀

  4. These sound (and look!) amazing!!! Cream cheese frosting is my favorite. I have to try this recipe. Now to find an excuse to bake cupcakes… 🙂

  5. Cream cheese frosting is just about the only type of frosting I enjoy. I love the sound of this flavor combo – It sounds almost like a muddled cocktail.

  6. i love interesting flavor combos – can’t wait to try these out!!

  7. How much butter is needed? 1 stick or 1/2 pound? 1 stick is a 1/4 pound. Thanks.

  8. Mmm & yummy to my tummy lol

  9. […] If you try making them, let me know what you think. And of course, as usual, I suggest pairing with cream cheese frosting. […]

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