Small Batch Vanilla Lime Cupcakes

June 30, 2020Lauren

These Vanilla Lime Cupcakes are the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. Measured for those days that you need a small batch all to yourself! 

Citrus desserts have always been my favorite and I have come to find that lime seems to be vastly underrated! This cupcake recipe was inspired by my partnership with Yankee Candle and their delicious Vanilla Lime candle. I love taking inspiration from their scent combinations, as evidenced by these Lemon Lavender Cookies

I knew I had to give you all this recipe when Michael kept telling me how amazing they were. If he loves a recipe, I know it’s a winner! He loves the tang of these lime cupcakes and I must say that I do too. Especially the frosting! This hint of lime buttercream is one that I could eat all by itself! 

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Why Small Batch? 

While catching up on some emails/messages this month I noticed several repeat questions about baking measurements and cutting recipes in half for smaller batches. Personally, I do this all of the time since I’m usually only baking for two. With this recipe I thought I’d go ahead and post the measurements as a small batch and see how you all like it! 

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What You Will Need For These Vanilla Lime Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

Flour – All purpose will do for this recipe
Sugar – Granulated 
Limes – Just a couple for both their juice & zest!
Baking soda
Baking powder
Salt
Butter – Unsalted and melted
Egg – Only one for this small batch!
Vanilla extract
Sour cream – You read that right! Sour cream makes the best cupcakes!
Whole milk

For the Hint of Lime Buttercream Frosting:

Butter – Unsalted 
Powdered sugar
Lime – Again for both the juice and zest!

* Measurements are in recipe card at bottom of this post!

How To Make Vanilla Lime Cupcakes

Making the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line cupcake tin with papers.
  2. Add the sugar and lime zest to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk together on low/medium speed until lime zest is evenly disbursed throughout the sugar.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl then whisk together and set aside.
  4. Add the egg, milk, melted butter, lime juice, vanilla extract, and sour cream in the mixing bowl with the sugar and whisk together.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet in the mixing bowl and mix on a low speed until just combined.
  6. Fill cupcake papers about 3/4 full and bake at 375F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

Making the Hint of Lime Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the lime zest and half of the lime juice and mix until combined.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  5. Add additional lime juice as needed to reach desired consistency.
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes using a large round pastry tip and top with lime wedge and leftover zest. 

 

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Variations:

If you don’t have limes on hand, you can change up your citrus in this recipe. Try switching out the lime measurements to lemons, oranges, or even grapefruits! 

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Yield: 6 cupcakes

Small Batch Vanilla Lime Cupcakes

Small Batch Vanilla Lime Cupcakes

These Vanilla Lime Cupcakes are the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. Measured for those days that you just need a small batch all to yourself! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • CUPCAKES:
  • 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 cup whole milk
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • HINT OF LIME BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest

Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line cupcake tin with papers.
      2. Add the sugar and lime zest to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk together on low/medium speed until lime zest is evenly disbursed throughout the sugar.
      3. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl then whisk together and set aside.
      4. Add the egg, milk, melted butter, lime juice, vanilla extract, and sour cream in the mixing bowl with the sugar and whisk together.
      5. Add the dry mixture to the wet in the mixing bowl and mix on a low speed until just combined.
      6. Fill cupcake papers about 3/4 full and bake at 375F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
      7. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter on medium speed until smooth.
      8. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
      9. Add the lime zest and half of the lime juice and mix until combined.
      10. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
      11. Add additional lime juice as needed to reach desired consistency.
      12. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes using a large round pastry tip and top with lime wedge and leftover zest. 

Notes

* Simply double recipe for batch of 12 cupcakes.

 

Did you make this recipe?

I can’t wait to hear what you think of this Small Batch Vanilla Lime Cupcake recipe! When you make them, be sure to leave an amazing review in the comments below or tag #goingforgrace on social!

 

 

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