I have an abundance of limes at the moment. My Kaffir Lime tree has gone crazy again this season.
This year I am determined to make the most of them and have been using the limes for guacamole, in curries (leaves, zest & juice), on pancakes, over Thai fish and now cupcakes.
This recipe is delicious and it might seem like a heavy recipe, but this cupcake is light and fresh. The lime syrup makes a great addition and the cooling cream cheese in the buttercream balances all the tartness and the sweetness.
Coconut & Lime Cupcakes
1 cup self-raising flour (add 1 tspn baking powder if using all-purpose flour)
3/4 cup caster sugar (superfine)
1/3 cup shredded (or desiccated) coconut
100g (3 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
100ml (3.5 fl.oz) plain yoghurt
100ml (3.5fl.oz) milk
1 tblspn grated lemon zest
- Pre-heat oven to 170C/325F
- Line baking pan with cupcake cases.
- Beat butter for 3 minutes with electric stand or hand mixer. Add sugar and beat until pale & fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.
- Combine yoghurt, and coconut in another bowl, add milk.
- Add yoghurt mixture to butter, sugar & egg mixture. Mix well.
- Add lime zest & mix.
- Fold in sifted flour hand and mix by hand using a spatula until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Spoon mixture evenly into cupcake cases.
- Bake on middle shelf of oven for approx. 20 mins or until tops of cakes are springy.
- Remove from oven and brush tops with lime syrup (see below) while cupcakes are still warm.
- Allow to cupcakes sit for 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
75ml (2.5 fl.oz) fresh squeezed lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
- Bring water and sugar to boil in small saucepan over moderate heat.
- Remove from heat.
- Allow to cool before using.
Cream Cheese Buttercream
125g (4oz.) softened butter100g (3oz) cream cheese
3 to 4 cups icing (confectioners) sugar
- Beat butter until pale with an electric stand or hand mixer.
- Add cream cheese and beat well.
- Add sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well between additions.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons milk if required.
I hope you have a chance to try out this recipe ... it's a good one!
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