Key Lime Cupcakes “Margarita Cupcakes”

I made these delicious cupcakes, the first I ever made from scratch, for my girlfriend’s Mexican themed party – right around Cinco De Mayo too!

They were absolutely to die for…. Enjoy! Mine were a little less grand and a bit more fun so here are my pictures first. 🙂 I got the cake toppers from a set of cupcakes I had previously purchased at Albertsons to add to the theme!

Key Lime Cupcakes

These vibrant green cupcakes match the chartreuse walls at Buttersweet Bakery in Atlanta. They also reflect the fun, laid-back vibe of the shop. “We call it retro funk,” says owner Charlita Varner.

September 2008



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large 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


  • 1 8-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



  • 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.
  • Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.


  • Beat all ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Spread over cupcakes.

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