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Put The Lime In The Coconut Cupcakes

I live in the land of Key Lime.  And being that Key Lime pie is my favorite pie its all rainbows and pink unicorns with me.  I have encountered all sorts of recipes. From sweet to savory; they are by the boat loads. Here is one that will satisfy the sweet tooth but pack a punch of tartness with the surprise Key Lime center. It’s just like eating a Ray Of Sunshine 🙂

INGREDIENTS

for the Key Lime curd:
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup Key Lime juice, fresh or bottled
4 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into chunks

for the coconut cupcakes:
1 box white cake mix
1/4 c. oil
3 eggs
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream
1 (15.5 oz) can cream of coconut

for the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
5-6 cups powdered sugar
4 TBSP milk
Angel Flake coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

Make the Key Lime curd:
In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk and sugar for one minute. Whisk in the Key Lime juice until well combined.

Place the mixture over medium-low heat and whisk constantly until thickened, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, one chunk at a time until melted and incorporated.

Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Let cool slightly. Press a piece of plastic wrap onto the curd and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Make the cupcakes:
Line 28-30 muffin cups with liners. Preheat oven to 350.

With an electric mixer, mix all of the ingredients on low speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes.

Scoop into cupcake liners and bake 18-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when touched lightly with a finger. Cool in the pan 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire racks.

Make the frosting:
In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until softened and fluffy. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar and the milk. Beat on low until combined, then on medium until smooth and creamy. If the frosting is too thin for spreading, add the remaining cup of powdered sugar. Set aside.

Fit a pastry bag with a medium-size tip, such as a Wilton 4B star, and fill with the lime curd. Press the tip into the cooled cupcakes and squeeze. You’ll see the cupcakes plump up…that’s what you want. Stop squeezing, remove the tip and repeat for the rest of the cupcakes.

Top each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle on the coconut. Serve immediately, or store the cupcakes in the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for several minutes before serving.

*CHEF’S NOTE – The lime curd will fill about 16-18 cupcakes; Leave some unfilled for people who are afraid of “curd.”

Source: Huffington Post

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Key Lime Cake

Being that I live in the land where Key Lime Pie is the official state pie I am a happy camper. It is my favorite pie after all. I mean they have Key Lime everything here. Key Lime Popsicles, Key Lime Ice Cream, Key Lime Cookies, Key Lime Cheesecake,Key Lime Pie On A Stick dipped in chocolate. If it’s Key Lime they have it. So last year my husband said he wanted a Key Lime Cake for his birthday. I was like REALLY! A KEY LIME CAKE. So to not disappoint my Sweetie I began my quest to find a baker that made this specialty. And as the saying goes, “As easy as pie” I found one. So his birthday came and we got the cake. Let me just say the cake left a lot to be desired and I should have went with the idea of baking it myself. So out of total disappointment the Chef in me kicked in and I decided to Google  for  recipes. I thought the search was going to be hard but to my surprise there were loads of recipes for Key Lime Cake. I picked one out that I really loved and decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad that I did. This cake is moist and sweet and tart all rolled up in a pretty bright green package. Warning: Pucker Up! This cake has a real citrus kick.

INGREDIENTS

CAKE
1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored gelatin mix
3/4 cup orange juice

GLAZE
1/2 cup key lime juice
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

FROSTING 
1/2 cup butter
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine cake mix, gelatin mix, oil, eggs and orange juice. Pour into three 8 inch cake pans. Bake according to instructions on box. While the cake is still hot, mix the key lime juice and confectioners’ sugar together. Pierce the cakes with a fork and pour the glaze all over the cakes on the cooling rack. Allow cakes to cool completely, then frost.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. Mix well and spread over cooled cakes. Eat & Enjoy.

* CHEF’S TIP: If you do not have Real Key Limes or Real Key Lime Juice in your area just substitute it for Regular Lime juice. Happy Baking!