There are a few tragic facts about living in Hawaii. One of them is that we don’t have Sonic. On the hottest days of the summer, you cannot drive in to a Sonic and order a large cherry limeade. Tragic.
When the sweet folks at Duncan Hines offered to send me a couple of samples of their frosting creations, I chose cherry vanilla as one of my flavors. It’s not summer without cherry limeade.
The lime cupcakes are from Brown Eyed Baker‘s margarita cupcakes. I left the tequila out this time, but you don’t have to. I wanted to try the frosting the way it was intended the first time around. I don’t usually use premade frosting, and if you don’t look at the ingredient list, it tastes totally awesome. It’s a fairly thin frosting, I assume so that you can easily stir in the flavor mix. That’s why I decided to spread it instead of pipe it. It basically tastes exactly like a cherry Laffy Taffy.
This cupcake is awesome, but guess what is even awesomer. At the moment this posts I will be on a plane to New Jersey. I won a giveaway on the awesome blog, Crazy for Crust, to visit the test kitchen at Duncan Hines. I’ll get to meet a whole bunch of bloggers that I follow, as well as some talented bakers who all won recipe contests to earn their place. I basically just got super lucky. One of these things does not belong.
I am so excited for this opportunity. I’ll probably completely geek out and act like an idiotic fan girl. I doubt I’ll ever be able to participate in anything like this again, so I’m definitely going to try to make the most of it.
Have a cupcake, kids. It tastes like summer.
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 drops green food coloring (optional)
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 packet cherry vanilla frosting creations (Duncan Hines)
- 1 container frosting creations frosting starter (Duncan Hines)
- Preheat oven to 325 and line cupcake tin with cute cupcake papers.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- With a mixer on medium high, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Turn the mixer down to medium and beat in eggs one at a time.
- Mix in zest and lime juice, and vanilla. Finally, add the food coloring, if you want.
- Turn the mixer down to low and add a third of the flour mixture, then half of the butttermilk, another third of the flour, the rest of the buttermilk, then the last of the flour.
- Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula and give it all one last mix.
- Scoop the batter evenly into your twelve cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Stir the flavor packet into the frosting. Give it a good mix to make sure the color is consistent all the way through.
- Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
- Pretend you're cruising down the highway in your air conditioned car and eat up.