Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cranberry Lime Cupcakes

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The other night, we were having a friend over to celebrate his birthday.

At our house, it's our tradition that you get your favorite meal for your birthday.

Whatever you want you get! 

Even if it doesn't go together!

So our friend requested either a chicken casserole or crab cakes, mac and cheese, wild rice, a great salad and sweet tea.

He didn't get that!

At his age, he can make whatever requests he wants; but he may not get it!

I had some new recipes I had been wanting to try . . . .

so try I did!

I'll post the pasta recipe later, but I wanted to put the best recipe first!

It's called Cranberry Lime cupcakes!

It's from a holiday Paula Deene magazine and I was thrilled with the outcome!

During the holiday season, I always purchase an extra bag or two of cranberries to use throughout the year. 

I am so glad I have some left, because this is a "do again!"

Cranberry Lime Cupcakes with Zesty Lime Buttercream Frosting

1 cup soft butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated (large)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup Milk
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 cups chopped fresh cranberries
1 tablespoon lime zest
Lime Butter-cream
1 cup soft butter
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
6 cups confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350°.
Line muffins tins with cupcake liners, makes 2 1/2 doz cupcakes.
In large bowl beat butter & sugar at med speed til fluffy. Add egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
In med bowl combine flour, baking powder & salt.
In small bowl combine milk & buttermilk.
Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with milk mixture beginning & ending with flour mixture
In med bowl beat egg whites at high speed til stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into butter mixture. Gently stir in cranberries & lime zest.
Spoon batter evenly into muffin tins. Bake 20 - 22 minutes or until wooden tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans & cool
Lime Butter-cream:

In large bowl beat butter & lime zest at med speed til creamy. Beat in lime juice and powdered sugar, alternately, until combined and smooth. Spread or pipe frosting on cooled cakes.

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