|Cherry Limeade makes Alicia happy|
There were four major parts to this endeavor. The first was obviously the actual cupcake. When I was researching there were a lot of recipes to choose from. Some had lime cake with cherry frosting, others had cherry cake with lime frosting. I decided that I thought the lime cake was the way to go. Well, when i first took the cake out of the oven and let them cool, I decided to taste them. They were perfectly baked (not to toot my own horn...) so that the wrappers easily came off the cupcakes. But the taste? Kinda bland. I was really nervous that it wouldn't have any flavor when it came down to the final product
|Glaze catcher (picture taken later though)|
The next step was the icing. The recipe called for 4 Tablespoons of the juice from a container of maraschino cherries. I ended up using ALL the juice. In retrospect I think I used too much powdered sugar and therefore had to use more juice to get to the right flavor. I have modified the recipe below to acknowledge that.
The final part was the decorations, which was definitely my favorite. Normally I really don't care about that part, but I really wanted them to be cute. I started with the cherries I was going to put on top. From my experience as a science teacher, I knew that the sugar in the icing would cause the juice of the cherry to diffuse out if i broke the skin where it touched the cupcake I also knew that the overall visual appeal of the cupcake would be diminished if the cherries were not "washed" of the extra fluid. So i set up a way to make sure i didn't break the cherries and also got them clean. First I put the cherries in a colander to drain the juice. I put a glass bowl under the colander so I could save the juice for the icing. Then I removed the glass bowl and ran the cherries under water (lightly!). I then placed them on a paper towel covered plate and blotted them dry.
For the final piece of decoration, I cut up regular kitchen straws. I cut them right below the "bendy part" and then in half. I think it really made them look like a drink.
|Kerrington (and her mom Courtney) enjoying a cupcake at book club|
3 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. limeade concentrate
3/4 cup milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line two muffin pans with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl combine the cake flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk all of these together.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth.
- Add the sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed.
- Add in the limeade concentrate and mix to incorporate.
- Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl between additions.
- Add in the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Mix ingredients just long enough to incorporate but no longer.
- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
3/4 cup limeade concentrate
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Whisk together the limeade and sugar until the sugar is dissolved
1-1/4 sticks butter
3 Tablespoons shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
6-10 (or more) Tablespoons juice from the jar of Maraschino cherries
- Cream together sugar and shortening
- Add in powdered sugar on low speed, one cup at a time
- Add in cherry juice one tablespoon at a time until the desired flavor is reached
1. After cupcakes have baked and cooled partly in the pan, place them on a wire rack to finish cooling
2. Once completely cooled, poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes (I would make them about 1/3 of the way into the cupcake).
3. Put a baking sheet under the rack. Spread the glaze evenly over the cupcakes using a pastry brush
4. Once the glaze has been absorbed, ice the cupcakes using your favorite tip.
5. Decorate with a cherry (that has been washed of juice) and a straw.
Recipe inspired and adapted from
Cherry Limeade Cupcakes from Annie's Eats