Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cherry Limeade Cupcake Recipe

Cherry Cupcake Recipe:

2 sticks of softened unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups of sugar
3 cups of flour
1 cup of cake flour
1 cup of 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice
1 cup of chopped maraschino cherries
zest from one lime and a few squeezes of lime juice from the lime

Set oven to 350 degrees. In your mixer cream your butter and sugar, then add almond extract and eggs (one at a time). In a separate bowl mix your dry ingredients together. Add your dry mixture to your butter, eggs and sugar alternating with your milk. (for example 1 cup of flour mixture, 1/3 milk, 1 cup of flour...and so on). Lastly add in your zest and lime juice, cherries and cherry juice.

Scoop into your cupcake liners filling them 3/4ths of the way full and bake for 19-23 minutes. Let them cool before frosting.  Adapted from this cherry cupcake recipe.

 Whipped Lime Frosting:

1 block of cream cheese
2-3 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
Zest from 3 limes and juice from two of them
1 container of cool whip
Food coloring (optional)

Cream your cream cheese and slowly add in your powdered sugar (I only added around 1 1/2 cups at this time). Mix in your zest, lime juice (go easy on the lime juice you won't need quite two limes worth but just eye it), almond extract and vanilla extract. Mix in your cool whip by adding large spoonfuls at a time. At this point just watch your constancy and add powdered sugar as needed. I ended up using around 3 cups but it might have been better if I used a little less cool whip to keep a thick constancy. Add food coloring if you want more of a green color.

Top your cupcakes with lime glaze (1/2 cup of powdered sugar, fresh lime juice and green food coloring's good!), cherries, limes and straws.

I've seen a handful of cherry limeade cupcake recipes floating around the internet and I wanted to make a recipe of my own by using a lighter lime frosting and lime glaze along with the cherry cupcakes. I made these for our youth kids this week but I think they'll be the perfect addition to a spring/summer barbecue. Don't you think?

Hope you're having a fabulous week!



  1. These are so cute! My mister and I just recently found a cute little restaurant with the yummiest cherry limeade ever! Unfortunately, it's super far from where we live, so I'll just have to make these!!
    xo Heather

  2. just pinned this! totally want to make it!!!

  3. You and your cupcakes! What's not to love?

  4. OK, seriously? Because I just said, "OK. No more cupcakes for a while! I'm gaining weight..." I think I may have to bake just one more time before I get serious.

  5. i'm not a cherry limeade cupcake person but these look so cute!!!

    i love that gif too, i've been wanting to make my own for some time, i think i'll try it out this week (:

  6. These look amazing! Just letting you know- I pinned these on pinterest. If that's not OK, let me know!

  7. Oh my goodness those look wonderful!!! I definitely want to make these!

  8. loving these. so cute and they look delicious!


  9. How do you make the photo to change? Its really entertaining to watch.