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Watermelon Lime Cupcakes

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What’s more summery than fresh, juicy fruit!?  I love the combination of sweet and tart – and that’s just what this cupcake offers.  It’s the perfect blend of the unique flavor of watermelon, with the fresh and tangy lime.  I used Jell-O in the cake part of the recipe, because using real watermelon is obviously not an option. However, I opted for fresh lime juice and zest in the frosting. Together, it’s a combination you’ll be craving the rest of the year!

Let’s make some cupcakes!

What you need:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 oz package of watermelon Jell-O
  • lime zest for topping cupcakes (optional)

Lime Buttercream

  • 2 cups butter (softened)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 6 tablespoons to 1/2 cup (depending on your taste) fresh lime juice
  • 6 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 drops green food coloring

Make them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare the muffin pans – I prefer the mini cupcakes, (this silicone pan is AMAZING).  I spray mini muffin cups with olive oil.  Place cupcake liners in the cups if you make standard cupcakes.

Combine all of the cake ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir until just combined.  Don’t over mix, or you’ll add too much air to the batter.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 cup full with batter and bake for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool completely on a cooling rack while you make the frosting.

MAKE THE FROSTING:

As always, I recommend using a COLD bowl for buttercream.  I stick my mixing bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes before making it.

Beat softened butter in a large mixing bowl until completely smooth and fluffy.

Gradually beat in about two cups of powdered sugar.

Add the lime juice and zest, then the rest of the powdered sugar, two cups at a time.

Add food coloring and heavy whipping cream, and beat frosting for 4 minutes on medium high.

Frost your cooled cupcakes, then sprinkle with lime zest!

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Watermelon Lime Cupcakes

Combine the sweet watermelon with tart lime and you have an amazingly fresh and unique cupcake!

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 oz package of watermelon Jell-O
  • lime zest for topping cupcakes optional
  • Lime Buttercream
  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 6 tablespoons to 1/2 cup (depending on your tastfresh lime juice
  • 6 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 drops green food coloring

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare the muffin pans – I prefer the mini cupcakes, (this silicone pan is AMAZING).  I spray mini muffin cups with olive oil.  Place cupcake liners in the cups if you make standard cupcakes.
  • Combine all of the cake ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir until just combined.  Don't over mix, or you'll add too much air to the batter.
  • Fill muffin cups 2/3 cup full with batter and bake for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely on a cooling rack while you make the frosting.
  • MAKE THE FROSTING:
  • As always, I recommend using a COLD bowl for buttercream.  I stick my mixing bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes before making it.
  • Beat softened butter in a large mixing bowl until completely smooth and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in about two cups of powdered sugar.
  • Add the lime juice and zest, then the rest of the powdered sugar, two cups at a time.
  • Add food coloring and heavy whipping cream, and beat frosting for 4 minutes on medium high.
  • Frost your cooled cupcakes, then sprinkle with lime zest!

 

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

6 Comments

  1. Helen Stanley Reply

    AwEsome!!! just the name is REFRESHING for summer!!! Thanks for sharing, gotta try these

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