Recipe: Lime Coconut Nest Cupcakes

The calendar says spring, but with temperatures in the 70's this week it feels like summer!  Even though we are enjoying our early summer, I couldn't resist making these adorable cupcakes that are perfect for spring. 

Who can resist a cupcake with a hint of citrus and a frosting that tastes like lime cheesecake?  Not me!

Lime Coconut Nest Cupcakes

Makes: 12 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter; room temp.
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tbs. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest {about 1 lime}
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk {or make your own}

For the frosting:
1/4 cup unsalted butter; room temp.
1 {3 oz.} pkg. cream cheese; room temp.
1 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest {about 1 lime}
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
36 jelly beans

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners and spray liners with nonstick cooking spray.

2.  Make cupcakes.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar on medium speed.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Mix in lime juice, vanilla extract, and lime zest.  On low speed, mix in half of flour mixture, then buttermilk.  Mix in remaining flour mixture, just until incorporated.

3.  Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, divide batter evenly among 12 lined muffin cups.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top feels firm, about 14 to 16 minutes.  Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.  Transfer cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.

4.  Make Frosting.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter, cream cheese, lime zest, vanilla extract, and lime juice on medium speed until smooth.  Add confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until smooth.

5.  Spread topping over top of each cupcake, making a slight indentation in middle of frosting.

6.  Place coconut in a shallow bowl.  Roll cupcakes in coconut so that it clings to the frosting and sprinkle more on top until completely covered.  Arrange 3 jelly beans in center of frosting to resemble eggs in a nest.  Cupcakes can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Souce: fresh magazine March/April 2007


Kelley @ said...

I love lime and coconut. Can I hire you to come cook for me? :)

Our Delightful Home said...

This is too cute. I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

Mrs. Delightful

Vanessa said...

Kelley, you could definitely make these! I think you could also use a white or yellow cake mix and add the lime juice and zest to it. The frosting and coconut combo is to die for. :)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

These look delicious!!!

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said...

These cupcakes are So cute!! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

These cupcakes turned out so cute. I love lime and coconut together! said...

These are so cute, and look yummy! I'm a new follower and I'd love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow too:) My first link party/give-away is going right now and ends tonight at midnight. I hope you'll stop by and link up!

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

These are adorable! And so much coconut, I'm drooling!

Addicted to Recipes said...

These look delicious!
Would love for you to join my link party
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

These sound delish! So happy I stopped in from Flour Me With Love. I'd like to invite you to our Fabulous Friday link party. Starts Fridays and ends Thursday. If you can make it, I'd love to have you. Happy soon to be Monday!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Perfect for spring! And they look yummy! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Winnie said...

Unique and very beautiful cupcakes!

Michelle @ Michelles Tasty Creations said...

These look delicious and cute. I love lime and coconut. Can't wait to try these out. I am a new follower; found you over at Skip to my Lou and would love it if you followed back. Have a great week.

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

First, these are just adorable... Second, I love just about anything made with citrus. Win/Win!

They'd be perfect for the Relay for Life bake sale that hubby's company does every Spring. Thanks for sharing them!

Six Sisters said...

These looks so moist and delicious! We loved having you at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to see you again soon! -The Sisters

Maria said...

Ohhh these are so cute! Love those little nests, what a sweet idea!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

These are too cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Chatty Chics said...

Wow! They sound delicious! I will definitely have to try these too!
One Chatty Chic

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

Lime and coconut! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

The Daily Smash said...

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Have a great day

Addicted to Recipes said...

Thanks so much for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday! Can't wait to see what you post next!